Retail imports expected to grow

April 18th, 2018

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow 4.9 percent during the first half of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The growth forecast is due in part to retail sales […]

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Fabric helps brick-and-mortar retailers take visual branding to another level

August 1st, 2017

The effects of society’s ever-increasing digital dependency, overabundance of shopping malls and shifting spending habits are not doing the retail industry any favors. But its future is not all doom and gloom. A study released earlier this year by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and IBM found that most members of Generation Z—the generation following […]

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Apparel brands team up to change global labor conditions

October 29th, 2015

A new initiative led by global brands, retailers, industry groups and civil society organizations is being launched to improve working conditions in apparel manufacturing across the world. The project seeks to achieve real, sustainable change through the collective development of an industry-wide, standardized methodology for social and labor performance assessment in apparel and footwear supply […]

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New motorized shades from Budget Blinds

September 29th, 2015

Budget Blinds®, a window covering provider based in Orange, Calif., now offers Virtual Cord™ motorized shades through its Signature Series® private label program, with Springs Window Fashions as the exclusive manufacturer. Virtual Cord technology is available for Budget Blinds’ cellular honeycomb shades, and will be made available for additional products later this fall. Virtual Cord […]

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AATCC releases textile coloration book

September 28th, 2015

The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC) announced the release of a new book titled “Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain,” co-authored by J. Richard Aspland and Ann C. Laidlaw. The book is divided into multiple sections: a discussion of textile coloration designed for a non-technical audience; a glossary of textile terminology; […]

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