Is apparel manufacturing coming home?


To meet customers’ needs, apparel companies need to focus on nearshoring, automation, and sustainability. Retail Insights

Returning to order: Improving returns management for apparel companies

McKinsey & Company

High levels of retail returns are not inevitable. Better management can reduce the cost and improve consumer loyalty at the same time. Retail Insights Retail & Consumer Goods


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Powerful pricing: The next frontier in apparel and fashion advanced analytics


Leading apparel retailers are embracing advanced analytics and blending intuition with science to price smarter. Retail Insights

Digitization: The next stop for the apparel-sourcing caravan


Stepping up digital efforts in purchasing could help apparel companies transform. A survey of sourcing executives highlights trends and opportunities. Our Insights

Casual Apparel Outperforms High-End Fashion


Article Tuesday, December 13, 2016. In the wake of the recent financial crisis, the global fashion and luxury industry established a solid record of extremely strong value creation. More recently, however, the industry’s performance declined somewhat—a trend that has continued into 2016. The exceptions have been companies that have turned to digitization, consolidation, and “casualization”—trends that will remain relevant to many companies for the near term.

Patterns for value creation in apparel, fashion, and luxury


Performance in the fashion and luxury industries has turned lower, but leading companies haven’t been deterred. Here’s how they excel. Retail Insights

Spotlight on Apparel: What’s Going On


Unlike gasoline, housing, food, and auto loans, apparel is a discretionary purchase. What are consumers and importers doing? more…). Economics

Ready to ‘where’: Getting sharp on apparel omnichannel excellence


Brands and retailers are moving quickly to provide more seamless omnichannel shopping experiences—but your customers are moving faster. Retail Insights

Faster fashion: How to shorten the apparel calendar


To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitize the value chain. Retail Insights

India’s fast-growing apparel market


In India’s high-growth, fast-changing retail clothing market, we see significant new growth opportunities for foreign and domestic players. Our Insights

The Five Pillars of Marketing Success

The More Clients Blog

Uncategorized Apparel & Accessories Retailers - NEC Building Your Five Pillar Marketing Plan I career coach club Cheers Economy Facebook GUESS high-tech plastics high-tech plastics industry Houston [link] intangible services LinkedIn marketing Marketing Action Group Marketing Mastery Program More Clients Club New York plastics Social Media & NetworkingDoes the following give a pretty good picture of your current marketing activity?

Huge 6% Collapse in PPI Services Final Demand for Apparel, Jewelry, Footwear


Economists were shocked once again today. First, Retail Sales “Solidly” Flat, which we just covered. The Producer Price Index for … Continue reading → Economics

CPI Weak, Prices of Autos, Lodging Away From Home Drop: Econoday Cheers Rising Medical and Apparel Prices


The CPI rose 0.1% in July vs an Econoday consensus estimate of 0.2%. The Econoday Keynesian parrot does not like falling auto prices but is happy about rising medical prices. more…). Economics

Fashion’s digital transformation: Now or never


Some apparel, fashion, and luxury companies won’t survive the current crisis; others will emerge better positioned for the future. Much will depend on their digital and analytics capabilities. Retail Insights

Biodiversity: The next frontier in sustainable fashion


It’s time for the apparel industry to radically reduce the industry’s contribution to biodiversity loss. Here are four interventions that can make the biggest impact. Retail Insights

Perspectives for North America’s fashion industry in a time of crisis


Apparel retailers, department-store chains, and cosmetics stores employ millions of people. Industry leaders must take quick action while also planning for postcrisis realities. Retail Insights

How India’s ascent could change the fashion industry


There’s great promise in India’s apparel market—but challenges as well. Here’s what brands need to know about the country’s rise. Retail Insights

Measuring the fashion world


A new survey takes stock of apparel companies’ go-to-market processes. The findings have implications for product design, development, and delivery. Retail Insights

Reimagining stores for retail’s next normal


At some point, retail stores will reopen—but unless apparel and specialty retailers redefine the role of the store and revamp store operations, they will be ill prepared for the post-COVID-19 future. Retail Insights

Eileen Fisher on Leadership: The Personal Side of Organizational Change


The founder of the apparel company talks about how much personal growth leaders should demand -- of employees and themselves

The fashion market and ‘Trade 2.0’


Here’s how the apparel trade could be reshaped by new barriers, trade tensions, and uncertainty. Companies should make contingency plans for a potential shake-up of global value chains. Retail Insights

262: Babette Ballinger—How Does A Woman Tackle The Fashion Industry? Head On

On the Brink Podcast

As a fashion designer and owner of her own apparel sales firm, Babette had to constantly re-invent herself, learn how to run a business, and deal with the challenges of sustaining successful partnerships with men. Hear how one woman made her mark in an industry of men.

Syriza Effect: 40% of Greek Companies Want to Leave the Country; California vs. Greece


“Exodus Has Begun” The minimum wage hike is about to smack Los Angeles’ apparel industry businesses and jobs. The LA … Continue reading → Economics

Eileen Fisher and the Personal Side of Leadership


Yes, according to the apparel company CEO. Is it fair to ask employees to embrace personal growth, on top of everything else they do? See also "Eileen Fisher on Leadership: The Personal Side of Organizational Change

Surge of Store Closings Reveals Greater Need for Omnichannel

Think Customers

Among the closings are Macy''s, JCPenney, Guess, Radio Shack, as well as teen apparel stores Delia''s, Aeropostale, Wet Seal, and Abercrombie & Fitch. With the holiday shopping season behind us, retailers have planned a tidal wave of store closings for 2015. There’s more… To read the rest of this blog posting click here or visit

Leading a Company That Wants to Change Lives through Sports


Think high-profile consumer goods, and sports apparel comes quickly to mind. For the last few years, the world's fastest-growing major sports apparel enterprise has been Adidas. The CEO overseeing Adidas's flourishing is Kasper Rørsted, a man who spent the first half of his career in the tech industry. In office just two years, he is positioning Adidas as a globally influential enterprise.

Retail’s Hail Mary: Why Retailers are Betting on In-Store Data Insights

Think Customers

Squeezed by online competitors and evolving customer tastes, Macy’s, Sears, The Limited, and American Apparel have said they will be closing some or all of their stores. The sense that retailers are under more pressure than ever was a major theme at the National Retail Federation’s annual Big Show in New York this week. Several large retail brands kicked off 2017 with announcements that they were laying off employees or closing altogether.

Google’s ‘Shop the Look’ Tries to Declutter Mobile Shopping

Think Customers

On Tuesday, Google introduced a “Shop the Look” program that lets smartphone users purchase apparel and other products through the images that appear in response to search terms. Earlier this week, Google unveiled its latest effort to help retailers boost sales through mobile devices. The program, which is powered by partnerships with sites like Curalate,, and Polyvore, pulls images and links to products from blogs, social posts, and retail sites. For example, by typing “co

Take Steps Now to Protect Your Independent Status!

Successful Independent Consulting

For example, an organizational change consultant hired to provide consulting services to an apparel company would probably satisfy this part of the test even if the apparel company had an organizational effectiveness department because the company’s primary business is apparel, not organizational change services. Recent court ruling likely to impact independent consultants in the U.S.

Deep Dive into Customer Segmentation (Part 1 of 2)

Tom Spencer

Think about apparel products: in many countries, stores are still the primary place to buy clothes whereas in China, physical stores are in decline in favour of e-commerce. Due to the boom of the internet, nearly one third of apparel and footwear was sold online in 2018 (vs 1% in 2010).

Don’t be Greedy – Be the Best

Martinka Consulting

The ruling was against the former board members of the Jones Group, an ownership group of apparel brands including Gloria Vanderbilt, Anne Klein and Nine West. The New York Times reported on a “little-noticed court ruling in December (2020).” In 2014 the Jones Group sold to Sycamore Partners in a highly (one might say overly) leveraged deal. The court ruled the “officers and directors had better think twice before agreeing” to deals with this type of structure.

[Reader Question] Start as a generalist or niche down?

Kai Davis

Like ‘Veterinary Clinics’ or ‘Accountants’ or ‘Direct To Consumer Apparel Stores on Shopify.’ A reader writes in with an excellent question: Would you start as a generalist or focus on a specific type of consulting, and if one specific niche, how would you narrow it down? I’ve got a lot of thoughts on this, and the fundamental answer is “ The Riches are in the Niches.”

[Reader Question] Start as a generalist or niche down?

Kai Davis

Like ‘Veterinary Clinics’ or ‘Accountants’ or ‘Direct To Consumer Apparel Stores on Shopify.’. A reader writes in with an excellent question: Would you start as a generalist or focus on a specific type of consulting, and if one specific niche, how would you narrow it down? I’ve got a lot of thoughts on this, and the fundamental answer is “ The Riches are in the Niches.”. The more specific you can make your niche or market, the better.

5 Surprising Findings About How People Actually Buy Clothes and Shoes

Harvard Business

Apparel brands are investing especially heavily in online shopping capabilities and introducing interactive features that complement apps and websites. To get a clearer, more-complete picture, we studied actual decisions made by 1,500 apparel and footwear shoppers in the United States. Other apparel brands might seek to attract customers through differentiated and personalized products. HBR Staff/CSA Images/B&W Archive Collection/Getty Images.

Nike’s Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession

Harvard Business

Phil Knight, former chair and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made. Knight discusses the company’s enduring culture of innovation, as well as the succession process that led to former runner and Nike insider Mark Parker becoming CEO.

California Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Independent Consulting and Subcontracting – Keep It Legal!

Women in Consulting

For example, an organizational change consultant hired to provide consulting services to an apparel company would probably satisfy this part of the test even if the apparel company had an organizational effectiveness department because the company’s primary business is apparel, not organizational change services. By: Henry Telfeian. :: Two months ago, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in the case Dynamex Operations West Inc.

Wholesale Trade Inventories Surge Led By Autos


Inventory draws reflecting gains in sales include computer equipment, electrical goods, and apparel. Autos are the sales Energizer bunny. Nothing seems to slow them down. Wholesale Inventories Surprised to the Upside , led by autos. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5 percent in September following an upward revised 0.3 percent gain in August. The September build appears to be intentional based on a 0.5

December Retail Sales Negative; Other Economic Data Horrid


Apparel was a standout, down 0.9%. The Beige Book yesterday warned us about weak apparel sales which in this report fell a very steep 0.9 Despite glowing reports of last minute Christmas sales, none of which I believed, December retail sales are best described as awful. The surprise here is that nobody blamed the weather. The Econoday Consensus Estimate was flat, and the result was not that far off at -0.1%, but the details were awful.

Consulting Case Interviews at Non-Consulting Firms

Tom Spencer

To take an example of a corporate strategy role at an apparel company, you might be expected to know what kind of product categories they have, geographies they operate in, and recent trends in the industry.

Can Lean Manufacturing Put an End to Sweatshops?

Harvard Business

To examine this possibility, I conducted research on recent developments in Nike Inc’s apparel supply chain with Jens Hainmueller of Stanford University and Richard M. In the mid-2000s, Nike embarked on a program to introduce lean manufacturing to its apparel suppliers in the developing world. For example, we found improved compliance in India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, but no effects in China, the world’s largest exporter of apparel.