U.K.’s First Free Port Since 2012 to Open Next Year

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Britain will open its first free port since 2012 in an effort to boost growth after Brexit, says U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

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Supply Chain Management:Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying.

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« Mapping Your Way To Faster Shopping | Main | Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Period Point to Significant Change and Fulfillment Challenges » Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying Season- Overcoming the Challenges of Fulfillment Complexity. As was the case last year, the 2012 holiday buying season will be very much about the continued leveraging power of consumers in exercising multi-channel buying preferences and technology-enabled online tools. May 2012.

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Supply Chain Management:Infosys team at Pulse 2012 - Day 0

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« Mobile Gift Cards | Main | Infosys team at Pulse 2012 - Day 1 » Infosys team at Pulse 2012 - Day 0. I am back again in Vegas for IBM Pulse 2012. Then onwards, IBM is enhancing it every year, from a mere service management in 2008 to Dynamic Infrastructure to optimization of world infrastructure in 2012. Posted by Praveen Kumar Agrawal on March 5, 2012 6:35 AM | Permalink. December 2012. November 2012. October 2012. August 2012.

Supply Chain Management:Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying.

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« Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying Season- Overcoming the Challenges of Fulfillment Complexity | Main | The Learning from the 2012 Holiday Buying Season: Balanced Investments in Online and Physical Supply Chain Fulfillment Capabilities » Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Period Point to Significant Change and Fulfillment Challenges. Posted by Bob Ferrari on December 18, 2012 9:01 AM | Permalink. December 2012. November 2012.

Supply Chain Management:The Learning from the 2012 Holiday.

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« Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Period Point to Significant Change and Fulfillment Challenges | Main | Information Driven Innovation in Supply Chain » The Learning from the 2012 Holiday Buying Season: Balanced Investments in Online and Physical Supply Chain Fulfillment Capabilities. Business media is already indicating that there will be certain winners and losers when all the dust settles and numbers are finally totaled-up for 2012. December 2012.

Supply Chain Management:Infosys team at Pulse 2012 - Day 1

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« Infosys team at Pulse 2012 - Day 0 | Main | Leveraging Social Media for Improving Forecast Reliability » Infosys team at Pulse 2012 - Day 1. Roadmap for 2012 is to release significant enhancements on Maximo Scheduler, Fix packs for various Industry Solutions (SP, Utilities, Nuclear etc). Posted by Praveen Kumar Agrawal on March 6, 2012 6:58 AM | Permalink. Posted by: Ankush Deshmukh | March 6, 2012 7:13 AM. December 2012. November 2012.

Looming Port Strike Reflects Need For Apparel Supply Chain Management

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21, postponing the threat of a work stoppage until the end of 2012 Supply chain disruptions that stem from events outside companies' control can catch them most off-guard and be the most damaging. This week strike negotiators reached an agreement to end a week long strike at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California but a looming port strike among workers in nearly three dozen other ports up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts shows just how much.

Do you have a Model Year 2012 Engine? Learn what you need to comply in California

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Model year (MY) 2012 engines must meet ULETRU. The post Do you have a Model Year 2012 Engine? It’s that time of year again – time to start getting ready for upcoming CARB (California Air Resources Board) TRU Regulation deadline. Below, a review of each of the regulation, along with the important deadlines for carriers to mark in their calendars. What are TRU’s.

Domestic intermodal slides to weakest month since 2012

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With domestic intermodal volume at one of the weakest points since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, intermodal marketing companies are worried about railroads taking the… The post Domestic intermodal slides to weakest month since 2012 appeared first on 24/7 Customs Broker News.

The Apparel Logistics Group Sponsoring Apparel Tech Conference at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

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Recently, we announced that we'll heading out west in March to participate in the upcoming 2012 Apparel Tech Conference at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles Great news here at The Apparel Logistics Group: We’re going to Disneyland! Or, at least, we’re going to the apparel logistics equivalent of the happiest place on earth.

Apparel Retail Spring Sales = Supply Chain Challenge

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Retail sales growth at apparel stores in the first quarter of 2012 was 7.9% It looks like Mother Nature gave the apparel industry a bit of a gift this spring. According to Mrketplace : Unseasonably warm weather, an earlier Easter holiday and rising consumer confidence helped lift retail sales in March, according to the latest Commerce Department figures, marking a positive start to spring. Official data showed March retail sales were 0.8%

Supply Chain Management:Confluence of IT and Business Strategy.

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Apparel Logistics & the Impact of America's Trucking Shortage

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For apparel manufacturers, there's a new challenge undermining the all-important speed-to-market and posing new fashion logistics obstacles. According to USA Today : A worsening shortage of truck drivers is pushing up freight rates and delaying some deliveries, defying the weak economy, high unemployment and falling gasoline prices. "It's "It's getting harder to get drivers," says Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore.,

Fashion Logistics for an Integrated World

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Here's how the future of fashion will be: More rapidly changing. More global. More integrated. More technology-based. And (as always) full of fabulous, fantastic color. Flawless fashion logistics will be key. According to Mashable: Ever stared at your closet in the morning, fraught with indecision over what to wear? A new web app can make sure that never happens again. European clothing brand Pimkie created the Color Forecast app to help women get dressed in the morning.

Apparel Logistics in China: Beware of Fake Brand Knockoffs

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A year ago, Chinese officials began shutting down a slew of Apple stores around the country. No, this had nothing to do with any sort of Google-esque trade dispute with the government. Rather, these were imposter stores that looked like real Apple stores and quacked like real Apple stores ( with pretty impressive detail ) but that were, in fact, rip-offs. Here's the kicker: one store's employees didn't realize that they were working for an imposter.

Responsive Apparel Logistics for the Holiday Surge

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The annual holiday season surge in retail is upon us, and experts think that millions upon millions more dollars will change hand this year than last. The inexact nature of retail forecasting, however, along with the generally uneven nature of the economy right now, highlights the challenges this all-important season poses for apparel companies -- especially the need for high-level fashion logistics.

Apparel Processing Automation: Critical Technologies for Complicated Times

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For apparel companies, the benefits of apparel warehousing automation are pretty well known: Lower costs. Fewer mistakes. Faster speed-to-market. And, perhaps most important, the ability and flexibility to keep up with rapid changes in consumer tastes and apparel market demands. The benefits don't just apply to the apparel industry.

Bargain Fever Requires First-Class Fashion Logistics

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The sluggish economy is hitting apparel retailers from two different sides: consumers are buying less, and they're increasingly demanding (and getting increasingly good at finding) discounts when they do. According to Moody's , consumer spending will likely continue to slump for the foreseeable future, with year-over-year growth slowing to 4 percent in the third and fourth quarters. This is already a tough environment for retailers.

Fashion Logistics for Tax-Free Weekends

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Last weekend was tax-free weekend in Texas. For three days, purchases of many back-to-school essentials such as clothes, shoes or school supplies costing less than $100 did not have Texas’ usual 8.25 percent sales tax tacked on. According to the Austin American-Statesman , the tax holiday saved shoppers some $64.8 million this weekend. Texas, of course, isn’t the only state to stage occasional tax holidays.

Fashion Logistics When 10 Percent of the World Goes Dark

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As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the United States is not immune to large-scale power disruptions – as made evident by the Fourth of July power outages in the Washington DC area. Massive thunderstorms and a scorching heat wave left some 3 million homes and businesses lost power, leading to millions of dollars lost in damages.

Think Big and Outside the Box with the Help of Apparel Supply Chain Services

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When’s the last time you had all the day-to-day details in order — all the pieces working together smoothly — enough to stop, take a deep breath, climb to the top of "the box" and gaze outside at an unexplored future? According to Supply Chain Management Review , it’s not happening enough for many companies: One of the most overworked and misused phrases is "Think Out of the Box." " Yes many people say it but do they mean it?

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Inside the World of Apparel Logistics

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Recently, our crack video team put together a nifty little explainer film that demonstrates how our third party fashion logistics services work far more vividly than we ever could here on the apparel logistics blog. Take a look: The video gives you a glimpse of our headquarter offices in North Dallas (Hurst, Texas, to be exact), including our automated apparel warehouse and foreign trade zone facility. It covers our core operations inside and out, including our methods for handling

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Supply Chain Theft: Fashion Logistics Fights Back

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The International Business Times dug up an interesting (and, well, all sorts of sad) story illuminating the persistent problem of supply chain theft. In California recently, thieves stole 1,600 pounds of dog food — worth an astounding $10,000 — from a truck en route to a pet rescue shelter.

Apparel Logistics Flexibility Needed for Supply Chain Disruptions

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Prepping for Pantone: The Necessity of Agile Fashion Logistics

Apparel Logistics

Ever wondered how Pantone makes their famous forecasts about what colors will dominate both catwalks and sidewalks in the seasons to come (this year's was " tangerine tango ")? According to Slate , it's a process of, well, exchanging lots of whimsy/snappy dialogue more likely found in some Aaron Sorkin /Project Runway mash up: What do we say about blue?”

Lost in Translation: Let The Apparel Logistics Group Be Your Guide

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For apparel companies, crossing borders for the first time can feel like head-scratching, fanny-packed tourists trying to navigate a Japanese subway. It’d be easier to try to climb the Tower of Babel. According to Apparel Magazine , the struggling economy here in the United States has made it more attractive both for American retailers and American brands to expand operations abroad – and not just in manufacturing

What Our Colleagues Are Doing Right, Pt. 2 – Chooze Shoes

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A few months ago, we profiled fantastic shoe innovator Chooze Shoes – a company we’re proud to support with premium apparel logistics. More specifically, we took at a look at the company’s unconventional approach to business that values societal and environmental good as much as profits – all of which, naturally, they invest into anti-poverty programs in Mexico and Bangladesh

What Our Colleagues Are Doing Right, Pt. 1 – Macy’s

Apparel Logistics

One of the best parts of being involved in multiple areas of the apparel industry is the diverse range of companies we get to work with. We admire them. We learn from them. And we’re always proud whenever our apparel supply chain management and third party logistics services can help them thrive. Take Macy’s, for example.

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Multi-Channel Apparel Distribution in Today’s Modern, Manic World

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Fashion logistics would be a lot easier, say, if we were all just a bunch of clones. Same size. Same shape. Same preferences. But we’re not (thankfully, really), which just means apparel supply chains just need to stay ready to adapt on the fly. According to Apparel Magazine: Handling multiple types of order profiles and/or customers out of the same building can cause wide fluctuations in capacity requirements.

Fashion Logistics and Human Rights

Apparel Logistics

Several heavyweights in the apparel world – including Gap, Nike, Adidas and Liz Claiborne – are calling for the Guatemalan government to better enforce its labor laws in light of concerns over a string of labor rights violations.

The Dressing Room Effect: Brick-and-Mortar Apparel Retail is Here to Stay

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We’ve mentioned a few times recently on The Apparel Logistics Group blog that – while the overall health of retail in America is recovering from the Great Recession quite nicely – the same can’t be said for physical retail stores. Most notoriously, this trend has been embodied by Best Buy.

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Apparel E-Commerce and the Collapse of Big Box Retail

Apparel Logistics

People are buying stuff more than ever. They’re just increasingly choosing to do so from home in their skivvies. This rise in e-commerce is absolutely killing certain sectors of the retail industry. Just take a look at Best Buy's ongoing slow-motion collapse. According to Moneybox : The bottom line is that while Best Buy is no doubt facing some firm-specific challenges, the big story is broad sectoral decline of this sort of retailing.

Apparel Supply Chain Threats: Invest in Resiliency

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The Bangkok Post made a good point about the effects of political unrest recently in the wake of tragic bombings in southern Thailand last week: These appalling events serve as a harsh reminder that radicals intent on harming innocent civilians can strike anywhere, it also are a reminder that terrorism both domestically and globally is a real and significant threat to our supply chains -- and one that few companies, emergency services and local authorities are ever fully prepared for.

The Dallas Apparel 3PL Advantage

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From sailing the high seas of ocean freight rate management to navigating the narrow straits of customs brokerage management, we simply can’t stop circling the globe in search of the most optimal distant corners for apparel supply chain management. But it’s all anchored right here in Lewisville, smack dab in the middle of North Texas, just 20 miles from Dallas-Ft.

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In Supply Chain Management, Embrace the Supply Chain Chaos Monkey

Apparel Logistics

Natural disasters. Market shifts. Political meddling or domestic unrest in distant countries. Supply chains were born to be disrupted, and the results for ill-prepared apparel companies can be simply devastating. Simply put, it’s not unusual for supply chains to look more like supply spiderwebs that span across multiple countries around the globe. Several strands of that web are inevitably going to be vulnerable to unexpected disruptions