Information technology services are necessary for nearly every business today, but not all apparel companies rely on IT as a primary part of their business. If IT is a secondary need for your company, you can save time, money, and resources by turning to an apparel third-party logistics (3PL) provider rather than maintaining your own in-house IT department.

Top Technology for Streamlined Services

Technology evolves so quickly that it can be nearly outdated by the time a company manages to upgrade, install, and train its employees on a new system. If you're relying on an in-house IT department, you'll constantly battle the question of how long your systems will remain competitive and how soon you can afford to upgrade. Outsourcing your IT to the right apparel 3PL provider will give you constant access to the best available technology and a well-trained staff, with no additional investment for adopting the latest programs.

Posted: 9/29/2016 12:07:27 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The e-commerce industry has gone through a lot of changes over the last decade. If you own or manage an online store, you'll want to learn more about how apparel currently acts as the driving force behind e-commerce success. What you learn could help you make smarter decisions that lead to more sales.

Apparel Leads in E-Commerce Sales

Not surprisingly, electronics have traditionally been the most popular retail items sold online. During the early 2000s, many of the people willing to shop digitally were interested in purchasing new technology at low prices.

Posted: 9/22/2016 11:23:27 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The plus-size fashion industry is a growing sector with massive money-earning potential. Take a close look at the rise of plus-size apparel and its effects on the supply chain.

The Rise of Plus Sizes

Between May 2013 and April 2014, the plus-size apparel sector posted sales of $17.5 billion, up 5 percent from the previous year. This increasing demand for larger-size fashion items reflects Americans' changing body shapes. In 1985, the average American woman was a size 8. Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she has jumped to a size 14. And the trend isn't likely to change any time soon. In March 2016, the NPD Group noted that nearly twice as many teenagers are purchasing plus-size clothes as they were in 2012.

Posted: 9/14/2016 4:57:53 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Visibility in the global supply chain has become an increasingly important factor for businesses dealing with short product life cycles, greater risks, and other challenges in today's competitive marketplace. Many retail companies, however, don't fully understand the benefits of visibility. Some don't even have a full understanding of what increased visibility is.

If you've wondered how you can truly know that your supply chain works as well as possible, you'll want to learn more about visibility.

What Is Supply Chain Visibility?

At the most basic level, supply chain visibility gives companies insight into how their materials and products move from one place to another. When you get more specific, though, you can see that there are several types of visibility. A third-party logistics company, for instance, might offer visibility into inventory, events that could slow production, and many other points along your supply chain.

Posted: 9/7/2016 5:43:29 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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