Global Trade’s Next Turf War

Global Trade’s Next Turf War

As the world markets become increasingly borderless, developed nations are starting balk at the threat of losing retail market share to new online invaders. The entrance of foreign brands into physical retail has been an accept (if grudgingly) part of business.  However, with domestic e-commerce giants already blamed with pirating retail sales, the growth of cross-border e-commerce is now pushing retailers past their pain thresholds. Here’s what’s happening…&nbs...
Read More
How Indie Brands are Making Physical Retail Great Again

How Indie Brands are Making Physical Retail Great Again

The often heard rant that physical retail is dead (with statistics about the number of store closings) are proving to be part of the all-to-common fear-based news. In fact, the outlook for physical retail is actually quite good.  The key driver behind physical retail growth is indie brands.  Many began as digital native (online only) brands.  Now they’re moving offline.  Why? Because customer experience is now key – it’s the new dealmaker...
Read More
Green Extreme: How One Manufacturer is Achieving Break Through Levels of Sustainability

Green Extreme: How One Manufacturer is Achieving Break Through Levels of Sustainability

How one manufacturer is achieving break through levels of sustainability through its commitment to fully use 100% of it raw materials. “For us every day is an Earth day,” said Mr. Srihari, Managing Director of KG Fabriks.   “We say this because we are the only company in the world to turn 100 percent of our raw materials into useful products. This means that if 100 kilos of cotton or polyester comes into our factory, everything gets converted into a product. ...
Read More
Technology and Tradition Bolster U.S. Cotton Sustainability

Technology and Tradition Bolster U.S. Cotton Sustainability

The United States’ cotton industry has been a pioneer in utilizing new technologies, enabling farmers to produce some of the most sustainable cotton in the world. In the U.S., sustainability is not only about reducing resources needed to grow cotton but also preserving fertile land for future generations that will cultivate the traditional family farm. “Over the last 35 years, we have improved continuously in all the most important environmental factors where we measure sustaina...
Read More
How A Japanese Company Can Print Masterpieces on Apparel

How A Japanese Company Can Print Masterpieces on Apparel

Customized printed garments is a big business, and the number of competitors entering the market each year is pushing all players to find new ways to be smarter and faster. When Macby Katagai decided to enter this market segment they knew they needed to come in with something extraordinary.  Anything less could mean failure in this already very competitive market. The Tokyo-based company had a 128-year old legacy as a printer of office forms, financial reports and other business r...
Read More
More E-commerce Angst as Costs Keep Rising

More E-commerce Angst as Costs Keep Rising

Free-shipping has been one of the not-so-hidden costs that online retailers must contend with.  Amazon set the standard.  Consumers expect it. While most retailers can’t raise prices (in the competitive online marketplace) carriers can. While both UPS and Fedex raise rates about 4.9% annually, this year both carriers are pushing up ancillary fees and surcharges by an average of 9% specifically for shipments to residential addresses.We expect to see forward thinking reta...
Read More
7 Things That Will Influence Business in 2019

7 Things That Will Influence Business in 2019

As we begin the end of another decade (hard to believe…but it has been another 10 years!) we are seeing important shifts in both consumer attitudes and the business landscape.  Here are six core influences that we feel will shape the way we do business. 1. Age of Ethics                We are at the dawn of a new age, and this will be an age where ethics become a defining element of both business and ...
Read More
4 Bestselling Fabrics for Intimate Apparel

4 Bestselling Fabrics for Intimate Apparel

Intimate apparel fabric with small holes available in nylon or polyester from Jin Chao (China)."Buyers like this fabric because it is very comfortable. It is selling well to online brands in China" - Terrance Chow New endulastic fabric is 100% polyester but has stretch properties from Esssence Textile Inc. (Taiwan)"The stretch properties come from the way the yarn is constructed, not from elastane. Elastane degrades when exposed to chlorine, sun or repeat washing. Buyers like...
Read More
3 Groundbreaking New Technologies for Smart Apparel

3 Groundbreaking New Technologies for Smart Apparel

The Next Generation in Thermal Regulating FabricsSagar Doshi and Erik Thorste test an elbow sleeve with one of their novel sensors.  Photo courtesy of the Univ of Delaware University of Virginia (USA), in collaboration with Penn State, the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, have invented a “switching effect” for thermal conductivity and mechanical properties that can be incorporated into textiles and garments.Using heat transport ...
Read More
Full Package Service for Small Orders

Full Package Service for Small Orders

MTC is leveraging its global manufacturing expertise to offer niche brands total packages – made in the U.S. “Our goal is 2,000 shirts per month or 150-170 a day.  Right now, with 30 workers, I’m getting about 100,” said Sanjay Israni, partner at MTC USA, discussing the challenges of running a domestic factory that focuses on smaller orders.   To make money, MTC needs to hit that target. Smaller orders mean that workers lose productivity every tim...
Read More
Page 2 of 16 First 1[2]345 Last