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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 getting harder to get drivers," says Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations. "I could hire 50 guys right now." He now employs 393 drivers. [...]

Driver shortages are effectively limiting truck capacity and helping push up freight rates by 2% to 5% this year, despite the sluggish economy, says analyst Benjamin Hartford of research firm R.W. Baird. Also driving up rates are rising wages and truck prices that have increased as much as 40% the past few years because of modernized engines that must meet tougher emissions rules. Card of Combined Transport says 10% of his deliveries are one or two days late because he doesn't have enough drivers.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:36:10 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments


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. High-tech cameras installed in Paris, Milan and Antwerp scan the streets, calculating trending colors around the clock. Camera images feed into an application that computes the most popular colors seen on the street at the moment. The fashion-forward crowd can consult the website and soon-to-be iPhone app as a what-to-wear guide.

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Posted: 12/20/2012 11:01:13 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments


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. The West coast strike's after affects will likely cause shipping delays and price increases for a few weeks.

The Eastern strike would involve nearly 15,000 longshoremen and shut down ports from Maine to Texas. Talks between the United States Maritime Alliance and International Longshoremen’s Association, whose original contract expires Sept. 30, broke down in August. Thankfully, a 90-day contract extension was reached Sept. 21, postponing the threat of a work stoppage until the end of 2012.

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Posted: 12/12/2012 3:33:05 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments


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. Actually, here’s the real kicker: the employees didn’t realize that despite the fact that there were two other "Apple" stores (including one “Apple Stoer”) nearby.

The employees' probable disappointment aside (seriously, look how proud this guy seemed to be working there), the incident highlights just how brazen brand theft in China can be.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:02:40 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments


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