Asian Retail Markets See a Retail Rebound

Asian Retail Markets See a Retail Rebound

After several sluggish years, bricks n’ mortar retail in the region’s major cities is starting to recover.  Just when retailers were convinced that physical retail stores were no longer important, they found that they are.  In 2017, a growing number of online brands moved offline.  And while most retailers continue to grow their online presence, there’s a growing trend to better integrate online and offline channels.  Overall, it’s been good news ...
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Plug & Play Software Gives A Granular View of Each Order

Plug & Play Software Gives A Granular View of Each Order

Swivel makes the supply chain more transparent without the need for complicated systems.  Tighter inventory management is becoming the newest focus as buyers look for additional areas where they can squeeze hidden costs out of the system. More agile inventory management is one of them.This requires a much sharper view of where each order is in the supply chain and clever software from Swivel Software is making this much more accessible for both buyers and suppliers. Getting Granul...
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Mills See Good Times Ahead in the U.S.

Mills See Good Times Ahead in the U.S.

“We expect to see about 30 percent growth in our US business this year. Since we started our own business in the States in 2012, we’ve seen double-digit growth each year,” said Eberhard Ganns, managing director at Union Knopf (Germany). One of the biggest changes in the market that we are seeing is a trend away from what has been a price driven market. We see brands coming up and being successful that are focusing on giving value for money to their customers. It’s not only about discoun...
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A New Lace is Bringing Luxury to the Mainstream Intimate Apparel Market

A New Lace is Bringing Luxury to the Mainstream Intimate Apparel Market

The elegance of Leavers lace has now been interpreted into a new collection that is priced for the mainstream market. The new development, from Brunet International, will add the touch of luxury that consumers want, at prices they can afford.
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Finding Hidden Savings in Transportation Costs

Finding Hidden Savings in Transportation Costs

Can you reduce shipping costs, without compromising on service? AFMS says most companies can. In a market where every cent matters, being able to reduce transportation costs, without sacrificing service, could be a game changer for companies looking for ways to improve their margins. “Logistics has gotten a lot more complicated,” said Ken Asztalos, VP Transportation Strategies at AFMS, a company that provides transportation intelligence.  “Today you need to look ...
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Down Feather Prices Continue to Take Flight

Down Feather Prices Continue to Take Flight

The rise in materials prices is most visible in fiber prices, with wool prices soaring and cotton making a slower, but steady, march upward.Global market demand has also been putting pressure on goose and duck down supply, and hence prices.Prices climbed around 20 percent from early May 2017, surging 45 percent during the January to June 2017 period and then retreating in October 2017.The price for 80% grey goose down rose from US$39.7/kg in January 2017 to peak at around US$58.4/kg in September...
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5 Things We'll Be Watching in 2018

5 Things We'll Be Watching in 2018

The Right-sizing of Retail In 2017 retailers around the world shuttered thousands of stores.  Headlines in the mainstream media proclaimed that physical stores were falling by the wayside as consumers embraced the digital age and chose to shop online. “Thousands of Stores to Close in 2017” announced headlines in the U.S., with similar proclamations in developed markets around the world.What they conveniently overlooked was the thousands of new stores that opened during the ...
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Being the Cheapest is Becoming Too Expensive for Bangladesh

Being the Cheapest is Becoming Too Expensive for Bangladesh

The race to the bottom is putting the nation’s manufacturers in an increasingly uncompetitive position. Facing continued downward price pressure from international buyers as well as rapid rises in production costs has put Bangladeshi garment suppliers between a rock and a hard place.The nation’s core advantage of being the lowest cost producer has enabled it to beat competitors for the big volume orders.  Unfortunately, volume tends to go hand-in-hand with price sensitivity...
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Next Gen Consumers Head Back to Malls, Big Malls!

Next Gen Consumers Head Back to Malls, Big Malls!

Malls are not dying, they’re simply changing with the times and adapting to a new consumer.Physical retail is not dead, in fact it’s gotten bigger!  In the UK, new ‘Supermalls’ are being touted as the next gen retail format for the next gen consumer.Just when we thought we had it figured out, and were putting all of our retail focus online, consumers do an about face and suddenly malls are back in fashion.Targeting the Millennial shoppers Supermalls are mixed use spa...
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Credit Helps Fuels Russian Consumer Spending Rebound

Credit Helps Fuels Russian Consumer Spending Rebound

As the nation makes its way back from a 2-year recession, shoppers are eager to start spending, even if they have to borrow to do so.Russia’s economy is starting to rebound and consumer purchases are playing a big role in this.  Increasing incomes, low unemployment levels and record low inflation are driving more optimism, which in turn has encouraged consumer spending.After two years of recession, Russia’s retail sales, a key driver of the nation’s economic growth, are ri...
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