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Apparel Might be Moving Out of China. What’s Your Plan?

Should we stay or should we go? Tariffs are driving up the cost of goods but finding production elsewhere isn't as easy as it sounds. Here are some points to consider.

Upping the ante in customer experience, Selfridges will be the department store in the world to open a permanent theater.

In looking at the activities of the apparel companies ranked in this year’s Top 50 report, one might conclude that this is the time when retailers are coming a little closer to playing offense.

With automated and integrated processes for financials, inventory and CRM, the business has more time to focus on its mission of enhancing the human-canine connection.

This year’s group of 26 Apparel Innovator Award winners is pushing the barriers when it comes to satisfying consumer demand. Read on to learn about a wide range of innovations ranging from unique product offerings to smart uses of technology.

We need to make sure we are measuring what matters to human lives.

It is important that brands take all of the precautionary measures to ensure that other companies are not profiting from their work, and while registering a trademark is the first step, it is unfortunately not enough.

Customer returns have traditionally been viewed as a cost of doing business for retailers, but as the returns volume has escalated and the costs of reverse logistics skyrocket, retailers are just now coming to terms with the fact they must find a way to mitigate the problem.

Get a sneak peek at one of Apparel's Innovator Award winners. You can read about the other 25 later this month.

This article takes a look at the U.S. retail market beyond what macro-level trade statistics typically provide.

The U.S. sustainable cotton apparel market has been growing tremendously in recent years, yet overall remains a niche product in the U.S. retail market, accounting for only 1.6% of total cotton apparel carried by U.S. fashion brands and retailers in 2018.

The brand acquisition bolsters Milliken’s capabilities to include fleece, performance textiles for consumer, workwear and military outdoor apparel.

This move to increase duties on machinery, components, and footwear would have drastic effects on patriotic American companies, some of which would face existential peril, the letter states.

The ongoing U.S.-China trade wars throws another factor into consideration when choosing which country within Asia to target first for e-commerce.

The combined organization will expand the geographical market, while also benefiting customers with improved customer support and increased investment in the product platform.

The plus size category is forecast to grow substantially faster than the overall U.S. apparel market, at a rate of 6 percent year over year. It's still a vastly underserved market, offering many opportunities.

Physical stores and online shopping have been tiptoeing around each other for years, but continued integration of technology is acting like an enzyme in the shopping mix, forever changing both entities to create a third and far more exciting experience for consumers and companies alike.

With unified enterprise systems for greater inventory visibility, algorithms designed to gain deeper product and customer insights, 3D for faster and more efficient design and development, and much much more, this year’s Innovators are addressing and fulfilling consumer demand.

You might be surprised to find out what’s made here in the States.

As we approach the Passover season, a time associated with remembering and escaping past constraints, we are entertaining the very real prospect the United States and China could conclude a trade agreement to end the “hot” trade war that has been raging for the past year.

Tariffs are hurting U.S. companies and making it difficult to plan for the short- and long-term future, but a U.S.-China trade deal may be on the horizon.

The top-performing public apparel firms are working diligently to meet consumer demand with innovative product, fast delivery and seamless experiences across channels, while facing down the challenges of a swiftly changing retail world.

In case you missed these in 2018, it's not to late to catch the top 10 stories of last year.

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