According to a 2004 research study by Aberdeen Group, more than half (58%) of the systems and solutions used in a company's sourcing initiatives are manual, fax or e-mail driven, which is hard to believe, considering all the technology that's available. This briefing looks at the issues apparel companies face in terms of e-sourcing, challenges found in implementation, and highlights the e-sourcing features to look out for. It also outlines the companies best suited for e-sourcing and provides case studies of Saks, American Eagle, VF Corp, Wilsons and Kellwood.