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A collection of news, articles and other featured content about Innovation.

Reformation, Rothy’s and Outdoor Voices are embracing technology across their enterprises to enable them to focus on what matters: the customer experience.

Did you know that women size 14 and above represent 68 percent of American women? And still, they don't have the same fashion offerings. The company decided to change that.

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.

Although enabling agility, optimizing efficiency and driving sustainability are not new value-driving capabilities, technologies such as robotics, analytics, digitization and block chain are critical to enabling these capabilities for next-generation sourcing enterprises.

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.

Mobile as a Service helps retailers to future-proof their devices and ensure all spending is sustainable.

Suuchi is an apparel business designed to match the evolving industry in all its complexity, embracing automation, close-to-market production, real-time information flows and production runs of all sizes.

Those apparel retailers who are embracing digital transformation (DX) initiatives designed to address the customer experience, and embedding a culture of continual innovation into their operations, will be among the survivors, if not leaders, in their segment.

Sometimes innovation comes from outside, in a flash, but more often than not it's the result of seeing things differently, after many years of accumulated experience and knowledge.

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.

Your journey to cross-channel effectiveness and customer-experience mastery begins with six interconnected steps. By taking these steps thoughtfully and actively, you can position your apparel company to compete more effectively in our now thoroughly connected retail world.

In this exclusive Apparel Magazine report, you’ll find inspiring profiles of tomorrow’s young leaders evolving our industry for the future.

The Top Millennials (and one Gen Zer): the headlines might have you believe they’re all entitled, lazy, [insert negative adjective here] but as you’ll see from this collection of outstanding young professionals, the under-30 crowd has the entrepreneurial spirit in spades.

Innovators

From sustainability and artificial intelligence to automating workflows, doubling down on fit technology and perfecting patterns, this year’s innovative cohort shows that there’s no wrong way to move your business forward and rise above the competition - even as the stakes get higher every day.

Apparel's survey of apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers reveals expectations for technology focus in the coming year, including an emphasis on BI and analytics for gleaning an even deeper understanding of the consumer.

Among the strongest fibers produced in nature, scalable and cost-effective production of spider silk represents a ‘holy grail’ of material science.

Apparel’s annual report on RFID/IoT identifies the year’s most pertinent developments, shines the spotlight on industry leaders and offers guidance for investment decisions.

Iconic brand Jordache turns to virtual fit processes to reduce its number of samples and time to market.

To succeed with modern consumers, apparel retailers must look to future-forward technology to enhance — but not replace — the human touch in the store experience.

To succeed with modern consumers, apparel retailers must look to future-forward technology to enhance — but not replace — the human touch in the store experience.
 

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