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5 Things Apparel Experts Are Watching for 2017

  Contributed by Tara Donaldson, Sourcing Journal There’s no telling quite yet what 2017 will bring for the world considering the uncertain global climate, but when it comes to apparel, there are five trends apparel experts foresee shaping up in the coming year. In a webinar presentation of her talk at CBX Global Sourcing Day […]
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Recap: Global Sourcing Day 2016

The ninth annual CBX Global Sourcing Day held on Nov 17 was a great success. The event has grown bigger and better every year. This year, more than 100 people attended, representing over 60 retailers and brands. But don’t just take my word for it, see what our guests said about this year’s event. You […]
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Global Sourcing Uncertainties Continue Amid Brexit, Commodities Market Slump and Currency Fluctuations, Reports CBX Q3’16 Retail Sourcing Study

The continued uncertainty in Europe over Brexit, rising wage pressures in low cost sourcing countries, low commodity prices, weak freight transit and major currency fluctuations are shaping a rather grim sourcing and supply chain outlook, according to CBX’s Q3 2016 retail sourcing report. In fact, the aforementioned results are in line with EKN’s own Q2 […]
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Drive Speed-to-Marketing – Webinar Recording Now Available

At our recently webinar “Drive Speed-to-Market”, Fred Lemoine, Vice President at Weave Consulting, delivers a presentation designed for retailers and brands to develop “speed programs” with opportunities of >20% incremental sales. The recording of this webinar is now available! What you will learn: The limitations of the current Audit-only model and why it fails to drive […]
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Online Seminar – From Compliance to Performance

150+ Sourcing, Quality, Compliance and Supply Chain Executives attended our recently webinar “From Compliance to Performance”. At this webinar, Ian Spaulding, President at Elevate Global, delivered actionable insight to help retailers and brands implement an effective compliance program that drives better performance. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING What you will learn: The limitations of the […]
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Retail sourcing report Q2 2016

Heading into Q2, sourcing conditions remain subdued, with questions over Chinese manufacturing health and low oil and commodity prices. The U.S. dollar, which had a strong year in 2015, is expected to soften to some extent, depending on U.S. monetary policy. TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CBX RETAIL SOURCING REPORT, CLICK HERE For over two years, […]
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Latest video – The complexity of Global Supply Chain

Global sourcing and private label development has become a key priority for many retailers. With the onset of globalization, managing supply chains has become more complex and business critical than ever before. Executives from buying, sourcing, quality and compliance and logistics face ever-growing pressure to meet margin targets, lower operational costs and meet strict quality […]
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Top 3 Priorities for Omni-channel Supply Chain Growth

Retailers need perfect or near-perfect assortment sets in local markets so they can respond to the Omni-channel SKU growth and category rationalization priorities that consumers expect from them. In response to this trend, the top merchandise or product differentiation actions that 5 out of 10 US-based Omni-channel retailers are undertaking include: offering products tailored to […]
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Infographic – Effective Omni-channel Supply Chain Collaboration

An Omni-channel product/merchandising multiplier effect is taking center stage and retailers must respond appropriately to this mega trend. This multiplier effect means that in an expanding economy, Omni-channel commerce growth – channel/catalog expansion needs, transaction data and the need for customer-centric product or merchandise is putting pressure on retailers to rapidly re-evaluate their SKU rationalization […]
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Sri Lanka – Sourcing Island of Opportunity

Companies looking for alternate sourcing locations to China and Bangladesh, especially for apparel/textiles might want to take another look at the opportunity for Sri Lanka – Sourcing, given it has recently started the process to regain the generalized system of preferences (GSP Plus) status. An eight-member EU Trade Working Group (TWG) along with a GSP […]
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Retail sourcing report Q2 2015

The CBX Q2 Retail Sourcing Report is now published. For over two years, CBX has published a quarterly report covering retail sourcing trends, providing facts, insight and analysis on issues impacting retail global sourcing. We produce this free report for individuals at retailers, brands and companies involved in buying and global sourcing decisions. TO SUBSCRIBE […]
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Global Sourcing Terminology Revealed

We have produced a new glossary explaining global sourcing terminology to help retailers and brands better manage and simplify their retail sourcing and supply chain, This booklet, The Language of Global Sourcing, is designed to help you: • Simplify and define the jargon used in retail sourcing • Support the onboarding of new sourcing team members • Provide […]
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Innovation and Change Highlighted at Retail Week Live in London

Contributor: Mark Gaydon, EMEA Regional Director, CBX Software The annual Retail Week Live event in London provides a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with many movers and shakers within the British retail industry under one roof. It is a vibrant atmosphere and collection of people who were there to benefit from a diverse range of speakers, including Politicians, […]
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China in 2015 – the new normal

Contributor: Russel Beron, Marketing Director, CBX Software Gordon Orr, Chairman of McKinsey Asia and Old China Hand, recently wrote a provocative commentary titled What Could Happen in China in 2015? In his article he makes a number of predictions based on the ongoing shift in China’s economy that are having far reaching consequences on everything […]
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Retail sourcing trends for 2015

For two years now CBX has published a quarterly report covering retail sourcing trends, providing facts, insight and analysis on issues impacting retail global sourcing. We produce this free report for individuals at retailers, brands and companies involved in buying and global sourcing decisions. This report has now become a must-read document helping global sourcing […]
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Customs and compliance – It’s All About Logistics

Contributor: Eric Linxwiler, Vice President, Business Development Americas We had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending the first ever “It’s All About Logistics” workshop put on by the AAFA and hosted by the Port of Long Beach on January 28, 2015. The vital learnings were countless and I walked away not only better informed about […]
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Retail solutions across the spectrum – NRF 2015

Bill McBeath, Chief Research Officer at ChainLinkResearch recently included CBX Software in his coverage of retail solutions at the 2015 NRF Big Show in New York this January.  “NRF brought retail solutions at all levels of the maturity spectrum. Omni-channel solutions are getting quite mature, though much work remains. Exciting new developments in Internet-of-Things and […]
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NRF 2015 big show insights

WhichPLM, a leading online publication dedicated to covering product development in the global fashion business, invited CBX Software to provide insight on the 2015 NRF Big Show, the retail industry’s key event of the year. Retail’s Big Show’s big picture can be summed up in a few words – retailers want to deliver a seamless […]
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Best country sourcing or supply chain localization?

Glo-calizing” Sourcing and Supply According to a recent report by management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, manufacturing companies need to rethink their value-add distribution to respond to shifting demand and further localize production and engineering. Their ability to dynamically “glo-calize” the supply chain for market-adapted product development and production will be critical to long-term competitiveness. While […]
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Asia Quality Control on upswing

As part of the CBX Retail Sourcing Report, we report on current trends, statistics and insight relevant to retail global sourcing. Part of this report is a section on Asia Quality Control which we collaborate on with AsiaInspection, a leading global provider of quality control services for businesses importing from Asia, Africa, Southern Europe and […]
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Topic spotlight: The Promise of Myanmar

In 2000, Myanmar was exporting approximately US $800 million in garments, just less than Cambodia, mostly to the US. By 2004, US political sanctions eliminated most of the exports, except for those to Japan and Korea. After a series of political and economic reforms in 2011, Myanmar has transitioned gradually from military dictatorship to civilian […]
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