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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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Brexit or Bust?
What different Brexit deals could mean for the UK's fashion industry.
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China Has 6 of the World's 10 Busiest Ports
China continues to invest in infrastructure to support strong growth in exports and imports.
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3 Eco-Friendly Insulations Options
Staying warm can now be eco-friendly with these new developments. Thermolite T-Down EcoMadeWith its 500+ fill power Invista’s Thermolite T-Down EcoMade insulation delivers lightweight warmth to cold weather outerwear, sleeping bags and accessories. This insulation delivers the look and performance of down while offering a sustainable alternative at a lower cost.This latest addition to Invista’s EcoMade products, which has earned Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certification, is a ...
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E-commerce: Brands' Biggest Challenges for 2019
The quest to make omni-channel work is a priority for most brand and retailers heading into 2019. One thing everyone agrees on:  establishing seamless integration between online and offline is essential.  Where opinions differ:  1) how to achieve this and 2) whether online or physical retail should be the priority. With a growing number of e-commerce service providers offering different options – and an increasingly complex market – just mapping out a st...
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Recycling Denim into Hangtags
Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) has collaborated with Denimite to produce a fashion garment hangtag made from recycled denim.AFGI converts post-consumer recycled denim into fibers by processing discarded jeans, destined for landfills, using its state-of-the-art shredding facility. Denimite then turns this material into eye catching, edgy hangtags.The hangtag is made using an innovative 7-step process to turn old denim into new bio-based resin composites.The two companies designed...
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