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A collection of featured Publisher's Notes.

Can you guess which retailer might have commented, "We haven't provided sufficient context around our brand" or "We haven't been innovative enough?"

At last month’s Sourcing at MAGIC, Apparel hosted its annual Sourcing Summit in conjunction with Kurt Salmon, featuring a panel of sourcing and industry experts addressing subjects from China to compliance to skills needed by future sourcing leaders.

It won’t be long now before that phrase becomes commonplace. Have you noticed how quickly the buzz around wearables is escalating?

This issue marks the 8th annual anniversary of Apparel’s Top Innovators and during this time we have profiled and honored hundreds of apparel companies and retailers — from household name super-brands to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. It’s been fun!

It’s said it only takes a spark to create an innovation. Just how those sparks are brought to fruition is certainly not an easy concept or “process” to define.

With harrowing financial headlines raining down on us daily, it's definitely a year of concern for apparel brands and retailers.

Any successful apparel firm involved with sourcing production knows that endlessly chasing cheaper options is a dead-end.  While low cost is still important, the entire ecosystem has vastly changed.  Whereas 15 to 20 years ago buyer/vendor relationships were tactical and local, and not ve

This month’s issue of Apparel digs deep into both multichannel and omnichannel apparel operations and commerce, and rightly so given the near blinding spotlight on both these strategies.

This month, for the first time, Apparel magazine will produce a short Skype videocast in which industry experts, including Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for The NPD Group, will discuss leading-edge topics such as innovation, retail trends, consumer and technology trends and more.

One of the most compelling issues our industry faces today is education — how do we attract, prepare, train, motivate and inspire incoming talent to do great things in our companies.

This year certainly has not been a boring one for the apparel and retail world, and as we reflect on major 2012 themes while looking toward 2013, onshoring definitely makes the list.

For those who spent time at the recent Sourcing at MAGIC show in Las Vegas, there was a buzz about the increase of sourcing in the Western Hemisphere.

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