If the customer is always king in apparel, he sure seems more and more likely to prefer doing his shopping straight from the throne.

E-commerce is back -- in a big way. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, e-commerce sales topped $50 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Posted: 3/29/2012 11:33:33 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Think of us as modern day Will Turners, protecting your apparel on the high seas from the nefarious, notorious pirates of, er, inexorable global economic forces.

For example, the Baltic Dry Index is basically an index tracking how much it costs to move raw material by sea. But for our purposes, it's a good indicator for examining the price of cargo shipping in general -- and how difficult it can be to secure advantageous ocean freight rates.

Posted: 3/21/2012 2:01:07 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

As we mentioned last time here on The Apparel Logistics Group blog, mopping up as many little opportunities for savings possible throughout your supply chain can make the difference between a product line's success and failure. Negotiating down shipping costs is one way. Maximizing shipping efficiency is another.

This is most commonly done through what's called "shipping consolidation and deconsolidation" -- also known as "group shipping" -- a key part of our apparel 3PL services. The concept is pretty simple, but effective:

Posted: 3/13/2012 1:06:58 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Apparel supply chain management without cutting edge information technology is like fighting with one hand tied behind your back, racing Talladega with one flat tire, swimming the 100-meter butterfly in a burqa… you get the point. It might sound like a fun challenge, but it probably won't be friendly to the bottom line.

Simply put, apparel information technology outsourcing can give you a distinct technical advantage over your competitors [More...]
Posted: 3/7/2012 12:50:00 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Great news here at The Apparel Logistics Group: We’re going to Disneyland! Or, at least, we’re going to the apparel logistics equivalent of the happiest place on earth.

Recently, we announced that we'll heading out west in March to participate in the upcoming 2012 Apparel Tech Conference at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Posted: 3/1/2012 3:44:02 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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