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A collection of featured Research & Reports.

In this section of the report, we focus on technology advances and things to consider when making investment decisions.

This annual RFID Special Report is Apparel's annual review of relevant marketplace developments. Part 1 of the report will focus on commercial topics. Part 2, which will be published next week, will focus on technology advances and considerations to guide future investment decisions.

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.

The pressure is on for further investment to link supply chain activities and PLM activities together and make combined investments with a goal of achieving business agility in an increasingly complex global environment.

A new digital core can optimize your mission-critical processes, create new capabilities to better understand and anticipate customer needs, and provide a foundation that lets you take advantage of emerging technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

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.

Finding the right mix of technology and talent and creating a seamless experience across the shopping journey is the key to customer loyalty and satisfaction.

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.

This special issue is a guide to suppliers of software and related IT solutions to the apparel marketplace, including vendor contact information, operating system requirements and a round-up of functions and services.

For more than a decade, Apparel magazine and Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy, have teamed up to look at the elements involved in global sourcing excellence for apparel. This 12th annual Report explores some emerging technologies — such as 3D, sewing automation, blockchain and analytics — that retailers may adopt in the next three to five years to further augment their sourcing operations. It also examines how proper planning and investment will be necessary to handle the complexity of developing, adopting and embracing these technologies and integrating them successfully.

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