Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

22nd March 2009

Is “Going Green” sustainable?

Sustainability may not be a commercially viable strategy for many retailers in a recession.That seems to be the extraordinary implication of remarks made by leading environmentally-conscious retailers at a recent...

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16th March 2009

How to go bust in apparel retailing – 7: Fast Fashion and insights for it

Some people just don't get it. The last pair of hints from the consultants ought to be linked. But just aren't 8. Fast fashion and customisation will prompt retailers and...

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12th March 2009

Is retailing really the option for vendors with a problem?

If there's one class of business Western observers are less happy about than automobile companies or travel agents, it has to be Western clothing and textile retailers. Yet they seem...

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11th March 2009

How to go bust in retailing 7: Misunderstanding sustainability

Getting sustainability right probably isn't essential for most retailers. But some misunderstandings of sustainability can be a pretty good indication of deep misunderstandings of today's retailing.The wrong-headed set of recipes...

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9th March 2009

Retailing going bust 6: using technology

What is it about consultancies and technology? Or rather, what is it about them and computers?What technologies transformed apparel buying most? Almost certainly the proliferation of manmade fibres in the...

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8th March 2009

How to go bust in apparel retailing – 5: Communicating with customers

Communicating to customers is essential. Here's how not to do it:"2009 will see a proliferation of customer touchpoints in the way of stores, mobile devices, social commerce websites, blogs, wikis,...

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7th March 2009

How to go bust in apparel retailing – 4: The wrong move abroad

For really awful advice, it's hard to beat a consultant gibbering about setting up shop overseas. Here's the fourth certain route to bankruptcy in a recession: 4.Focus on international growth...

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6th March 2009

How to go bust in apparel retailing – 3: misunderstanding brands

The third rotten insight sounds just ill-informed, but harmless, consultant gibberish. In its tail, though, there's a piece of sheer, instant death, lunacy that beggars belief.3. Blurring of the distinction...

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5th March 2009

How a retailer can go bust 2: integrating the Web with shops

There's an article being syndicated around the web which is close to a guaranteed recipe for clothing retailers to go out of business instantly.We dealt with the first yesterday: here's...

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4th March 2009

Nine ways for apparel retailers to go bust

There's an article being syndicated around the web which is close to a guaranteed recipe for clothing retailers to go out of business instantly. Describing itself as 'Nine Trends for...

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