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A VISIT FROM MAYOR ED LEE to Levi’s new Innovation Lab in San Francisco

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

 

 

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A VISIT FROM MAYOR ED LEE


Innovation is in our DNA. We’ve built our company on game-changing industry firsts, and last week, we gave Mayor Ed Lee an inside peek at where it all happens.

IMG_1400Last Friday, Bart Sights, LS&Co. Director of Global Development, and Chip Bergh, LS&Co. CEO, led Mayor Lee and members of the economic and workforce development team on a tour of the Eureka Innovation Lab. Opened last year, the Eureka Innovation Lab is our research and development facility dedicated to hands-on testing and developing prototypes. Bart explained how LS&Co. is pioneering denim innovation out of the city where the company was founded over 160 years ago.

The Mayor learned about Eureka’s state-of-the-art technology and unique talent that positions us at the forefront of product innovation in the category that we created – the blue jean.

With a fondness for the industry, Mayor Lee sees apparel manufacturing and design as a growth opportunity for San Francisco. Not surprisingly, we share this desire to make sure that pioneers in the apparel industry continue to call San Francisco home, which is just one reason why LS&Co. and the Mayor support organizations like SFMade (in fact, we were a founding partner!), a non-profit that supports entrepreneurs designing and manufacturing San Francisco-made products. It’s also why LS&Co. moved its Innovation Lab from Corlu, Turkey to a location just a few blocks away from Levi’s® Plaza.

Apparel and San Francisco aren’t the only passions that Mayor Lee and LS&Co. have in common. Early in his career, Mayor Lee led the Asia Law Caucus, a San Francisco-based civil rights organization. LS&Co. also has a connection to the Asia Law Caucus, supporting it through grants via the Levi Strauss Foundation’s Pioneer in Justiceinitiative. In fact, LS&Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation have made over $150 million in philanthropic contributions to the City of San Francisco.

While we’re proud of our history of giving and our business presence in the city, the Mayor’s visit underscored the role that Eureka and our commitment to community has on the city of San Francisco in the years ahead.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (center) meet with LS&Co. CEO, Chip Bergh (left) and LS&Co. Director of Global Development, Bart Sights (right) at Eureka Innovation Lab

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Brazil anti-World Cup protesters clash with police

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

 

 

An indigenous Brazilian protesters aims an arrow at riot police who fired tear gas at demonstrators in Brasilia - 27 May 2014Police said a mounted officer was hit in the leg by an arrow during clashes with indigenous protesters

Police in Brazil have fired tear gas at anti-World Cup and indigenous demonstrators in the capital, Brasilia.

Stones were hurled at security forces as hundreds of protesters tried to reach the National Stadium – where the golden tournament cup is on display.

A group of indigenous people who were demanding land rights at Congress eventually joined the protest.

This is the latest in a series of demonstrations in Brazil against the cost of staging the tournament.

Authorities say around 1,500 people were taking part in Tuesday’s demonstration, which blocked one of the main roads of the city.

As the crowd tried to walk towards the National Stadium, host to several tournament matches, mounted police blocked their way.

Indigenous protest at Brazil's CongressSome of the protesters walked to the roof of the Brazilian Congress to demand their rights
Indigenous protest in Brasilia, BrazilIndigenous people also joined the protests in the capital Brasilia

With tensions running high, police fired tear gas several times to break up the demonstration.

The crowd was joined by a group of indigenous people who had climbed onto the roof of the Brazilian Congress building to demand changes in how their land is demarcated.

A policeman was reportedly injured in the leg by an arrow shot during the scuffles.

The demonstrations gridlocked the traffic in Brasilia for hours.

Last year, up to a million people joined demonstrations across the country to demand better public services and highlight corruption and the high cost of staging the World Cup.

Since then several other anti-World Cup protests have been staged in Brazil, with many descending into violence.

Indigenous protesters approach police during a protest against the football World Cup in Brasilia - 27 May 2014The protesters were involved in a tense stand-off with the mounted police
A native Brazilian kicks a tear gas grenade back at riot police in Brasilia - 27 May 2014The stand-off gridlocked traffic across Brasilia for hours as police tried to disperse demonstrators
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The Definitive Facebook Advertising Playbook

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

 

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The Definitive Facebook Advertising Playbook

INTRODUCTION
Facebook has built the largest, most highly-engaged audience on earth, with a significant
percentage of the world’s population logging on daily. Consider the numbers; Facebook
boasts over 1.19 billion monthly active users and continues to add more each month.
Users are also logging on and spending more time on the platform than ever before.
In fact, according to Facebook earnings reports, daily active users rose 25% year-
over-year to 728 million in Q3 2013.
Source: Publicly available Facebook Q3 2013 earnings report data, acquired through businessinsider.com
For advertisers, Facebook’s meteoric rise and massive audience represents an excellent
opportunity to build brand awareness and acquire revenue. Brands must reach consumers
where they spend the most time, and it’s clear that consumers spend large amounts
of time on Facebook. Fortunately, it’s now possible to reach highly targeted segments
on Facebook using a combination of Facebook’s own tools and third-party ad management
platforms like Marin Software. By deploying advanced strategies on Facebook, advertisers
can not only reach more of the right consumers with the right messages but build
lasting engagement with loyal customers.

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Emerging Markets Drive Twitter User Growth Worldwide

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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More than 40% of Twitter users worldwide will be in Asia-Pacific by 2018

  • May 27, 2014
Twitter’s user base will increase 24.4% in 2014, according to eMarketer’s first-ever forecast of Twitter users worldwide. The social media property’s user growth will continue with double-digit gains through 2018, eMarketer estimates, and there are significant opportunities for Twitter to increase its audience across emerging markets.

 From a regional standpoint, eMarketer estimates that the number of Twitter users in Asia-Pacific has already eclipsed those in North America and Western Europe by a wide margin—even considering that our figures exclude China due to the country’s ban on the site. In 2014, the Asia-Pacific region will account for 32.8% of all Twitter users, compared with 23.7% in North America, eMarketer estimates, and by 2018, Asia-Pacific will more than double North America’s share, breaking the 40% mark in terms of worldwide market share. If China is on the Twitter map by that point, that share is likely to be significantly higher. In 2018, we project, Twitter will grow 10.7% to reach nearly 400 million users globally.

eMarketer’s latest forecast dissects Twitter’s total users by region and country based on an analysis of approximately 400 data points from more than 90 sources, including Twitter company releases, survey and traffic data from research firms and regulatory agencies, historical trends, internet and mobile adoption trends, and country-specific demographic and socioeconomic factors.

eMarketer’s estimates identify how many individual users log in or access Twitter each month within the calendar year across the world. Our figures differ from Twitter’s reported figure of 255 million monthly active users in 2013 because we rely heavily on consumer survey data to weed out business accounts, multiple accounts for individual users and other sources of potential double-counting.

Growth for Twitter is heavily weighted in emerging markets. India and Indonesia will see the most consistent growth patterns throughout our forecast period, both experiencing increases well above 50% this year. Large growth rates frequently reflect a small installed base, but not in the cases of these two countries: India and Indonesia will rise to have the third- and fourth-largest Twitter populations in the world in 2014, with 18.1 million and 15.3 million users, respectively—both surpassing the UK for the first time this year for the number of users. With a sizeable internet user population, the growth potential in each of these countries remains significant for the foreseeable future.

Twitter user growth in the US is maturing, and by 2015, eMarketer estimates that the social network’s gains in the country will taper off into single digits. Twitter’s US user base gets outsize—but appropriate—attention because it accounted for nearly three-quarters of Twitter’s total ad revenues in 2013, according to company reports. The US will remain the single largest country in terms of the number of individual Twitter users throughout our forecast, but currently, it still represents just over 20% of all Twitter users worldwide. That market share will drop over the years, leaving room for Twitter to grow its non-US ad revenues by leveraging an expanding user base in emerging markets.

eMarketer bases all of its forecasts on a multipronged approach that focuses on both worldwide and local trends in the economy, technology and population, along with company-, product-, country- and demographic-specific trends, and trends in specific consumer behaviors. We analyze quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of research firms, government agencies, media outlets and company reports, weighting each piece of information based on methodology and soundness.

In addition, every element of each eMarketer forecast fits within the larger matrix of all of its forecasts, with the same assumptions and general framework used to project figures in a wide variety of areas. Regular re-evaluation of each forecast means those assumptions and framework are constantly updated to reflect new market developments and other trends.

– See more at: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Emerging-Markets-Drive-Twitter-User-Growth-Worldwide/1010874/1#sthash.jagc8tRp.dpuf

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‘LadyPockets’ Will Change The Way You Look At Fashion Blogs

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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Posted: 05/27/2014 

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Love them or hate them, fashion blogs have become a prevalent source of style inspiration and one of our favorite forms of procrastination over the years. Our cups runneth over with DIY and “get the look” tutorials. But if there’s one thing we love at HuffPost Style more than fashion, it’s the fashion of influential female leaders. In the past, we’ve had to figure out who designed Maya Angelou’s hat or Hillary Clinton’s dress on our own (THE HORROR!). But now, all that has changed.

LadyPockets is a satirical new “fashion blog” by a freelance writer who, as she explains on her other site “I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog,” started the site as a way to pass the time in between jobs. Fed up with the days of trying to churn out creative content, she decided to finally follow through on an old idea of hers. “Instead of writing the great American Novel, I made a fake fashion + lifestyle blog where I tell you where to buy Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s earrings,” she wrote.

The blog, of course, is meant to be a joke, but its content sparks a bigger conversation. The women featured on this site are fierce, competent, leading figures in our world and, yet, are still subject to criticism based on gender (you know, like how becoming a grandmother could have a negative effect on Hillary’s potential presidential run.)

Bravo to its creator for her playful approach — and for finally settling the Joan Didion vs. Harper Lee “Who Wore It Best” debate.

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Which U.S. companies have the best employee perks?

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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Some big Silicon Valley tech companies might have conspired to keep employee pay lower by agreeing not to hire workers from each other (they settled the claim), but workers at some of those tech firms are still some of the most highly compensated workers in the United States where, according to employer ratings site Glassdoor survey from last month, 2 in 5 employees say they don’t receive a fair wage.

Glassdoor’s latest report looks at the best U.S. companies for compensation and benefits. The ranking is determined based solely on reviews by U.S. employees on the site over the past 12 months.

Here are the top 25:

  1. Google
  2. Costco Wholesale
  3. Facebook
  4. Adobe
  5. Epic Systems Corporation
  6. Intuit
  7. USAA
  8. Chevron
  9. Salesforce.com
  10. Monsanto Company
  11. Genentech
  12. Kaiser Permanente
  13. Qualcomm
  14. Riverbed Technology
  15. Verizon
  16. VMware
  17. T-Mobile
  18. Microsoft
  19. Amgen
  20. Pfizer
  21. Southern California Edison
  22. Orbitz Worldwide
  23. Procter & Gamble
  24. Union Pacific
  25. eBay Inc.

At these companies, Glassdoor reports, “employees report high satisfaction with not only pay, but also overall benefits packages and perks like free food or even company-wide trips to Hawaii.”

It’s notable that Costco made an impressive push for the top spot, coming in second. Unfortunately, for all of the retail workers across the country pushing for higher wages, Costco was the only retailer to make the list.

Still, just because a company pays well and offers amazing perks doesn’t necessarily mean employees will stay loyal to that company. While Google tops this list, it’s also on the top 5 list of the companies with the least loyal employees, according to a report last year. However, Google is the only company to make both lists.

Photo: Flickr/Maria Ly

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— By Tyler Falk on May 23, 2014, 8:43 AM PST

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Search Engine Land Summit, Workshops and Networking Passes Still Available – Register Today!

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

 

Conference tickets are sold out, but you can still get valuable content, make connections at four networking events, and visit over 40 leading solution providers including Bing, DoubleClick, Google and Yahoo!
 
June 10: Expand Your Horizons or Dive Deep; Choose from 6 Programs
 
Learn new skills and get perspective-changing ideas at any of the six workshops and summits being held June 10. Choose from:
 
Search Engine Land Summit: Attend for new perspectives and inspiration on search engine marketing. You’ll hear presentations from nearly a dozen pioneering search marketers, each discussing a topic they believe will change the way you approach your profession. Moderated by the editors of Search Engine Land.
 
Advanced AdWords Training: Boost your PPC campaign performance with this full day of AdWords best practices and advanced strategies. We’ll give you step-by-step instructions to increase your Quality Score, learn how to sync your ad copy with both your keywords and buying cycle stages, and plenty more.
 
Bruce Clay SEO Training: Constant algorithm changes, search features and spam detection keep you on your toes and your rankings in flux. Learn techniques that will help you improve your site and rankings from leading SEO expert Bruce Clay.
 
International Search Summit: Extend your international reach with tactics from a stellar global panel of internet marketing experts. Attendees will leave with real, actionable solutions to their most burning questions on international SEO.
 
In-house SEO Exchange: Join us for an all-interactive workshop created to meet the unique needs and challenges in-house search marketers face, including technical tricks, organizational management, reporting metrics and getting more from your SEO budget. This workshop is for in-house marketers only; all registrants will be verified.
 
Local University Advanced: Find out what’s working – and what’s not – at this advanced level training course covering local and mobile search tactics. Attendees will learn top link and content ideas, how to make social media work with local marketing and more.
 
Search Engine Land Summit and Workshop Passes are only $1095 and also include a Networking Pass to SMX Advanced. Learn more below!
 
June 11 & 12: Plus Sessions, Learn with Google, and Social Events: Networking Passes Just $139 For Those Pre-registering
 
Join the most talented marketers in the business at SMX Advanced. With aNetworking Pass you can: 
  • Attend Plus Sessions on mobile search, native ads, link building, and paid/organic search synergy.
  • Learn how to maximize opportunities presented by our constantly connected world in the Learn with Google classroom.
  • Meet the 40+ leading solution providers in Expo Hall. Exhibitors include search engines, PPC management platforms, SEO tool vendors and web analytics solutions, and a host of others. See the list of exhibitors and sponsors. Expo Hall is openTuesday, June 11 from 10:15am to 7pm and Wednesday, June 12 from 10am to 2pm.
  • Watch the June 11 keynote featuring Google’s Matt Cutts on the high-def monitors in the Expo Hall. Matt will participate in a no-holds-barred Q&A with Search Engine Land founder Danny Sullivan. 
Connect with the search community at these events open to Networking Pass holders:
  • June 10 (6:00pm-7:00pm): Meet & Greet on the Bell Harbor rooftop, sponsored by Bruce Clay Inc., NetElixir, TripAdvisor and Zillow.
  • June 11 (6:00pm-7:00pm): Expo Hall Reception in Elliot Hall at the Bell Harbor, sponsored by Invoca and Kenshoo.
  • June 11 (7:30pm-9:00pm): Janes of Digital celebration of women in search and digital, at the Seattle Aquarium, hosted by Bing and SMX.
  • June 11 (9:00pm-11:00pm): SMX After Dark at the Seattle Aquarium. Join other SMX Advanced delegates, speakers (and 800 fish!) for a night of great conversations, music, drinks and munchies. Sponsored by Bing. 
Networking Passes, good for June 11 and 12, are just $139 when you pre-register by June 9; they are $159 at the door.
 
Have questions? Give us a call at (877) 242-5242 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm ET

 

, or e-mail us at registration@searchmarketingexpo.com

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ProQuest Brings Together Top Thinkers to Discuss Future of Libraries

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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Forward-thinking discussions provide roadmap for achieving long-term sustainability
A diverse group of library leaders are today participating in a forum that will provoke discussion regarding the emerging trends affecting libraries. Rapid changes in technology, education, economics and societal trends are contributing to new challenges and opportunities for libraries of all types to transform themselves. In response to these changing dynamics, ProQuest is hosting a forum to explore solutions and help library leaders prepare for the future.

The agenda including expertise brought forward by the speakers can be viewed here.

The one-day forum is designed for sharing ideas and building connections among innovators and subject matter experts. The goal is to foster exchanging practices and considerations for creating a future where libraries will flourish. Distinguished author Bruce Rosenstein, and highly regarded leaders from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and the Virtual Library of Virginia will share their insight and lead discussion groups during the forum.

Committed to empowering information seekers, researchers and librarians, ProQuest’s information solutions and technologies enable greater outcomes and workflow efficiencies. Similar to the transformation needed by libraries, the company recognizes the importance of continued innovation, and responsive collaboration with libraries today will drive sustainability in the future.

“Libraries of all types are facing the complexity of societal changes and it’s critical to protect this essential resource. ProQuest joins libraries, academic institutions and other vital organizations in a quest for the transformation needed to thrive in this changing environment and respond to what the future will bring,” said Richard Huffine, senior director, U.S. federal government market, ProQuest. “Our forum provides an opportunity for nurturing collaborative thought and action to help libraries shape their future.”

“ProQuest’s Library Futures Forum has brought together so many librarians and library supporters in an important conversation, with special attention to the role of collaboration in envisioning our future,” said Miguel A. Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association. “It is so encouraging to have valued partners like ProQuest supporting librarians’ work and providing these opportunities to boldly envision our future.”

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, EBL®, ebrary® and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, Flow™, Pivot™ and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

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May 26, 2014 Leave a comment
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At Texprocess Americas: AM4U’s New Dyeing Technology and Made-in-the-USA Manufacturing

May 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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Posted Date: 5/19/2014 By John McCurry, Freelance Writer (edited by your blogmaster who was in attendance at the show)
Texprocess Americas, the largest North American trade show featuring equipment and technology for the development, sourcing and production of sewn products, was held last week at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., and co-located with its sister exhibition, Techtextil North America.

The show, owned by Messe Frankfurt and co-produced with SPESA, featured a new Technology Solutions Pavilion highlighting such technologies as 2D/3D design, PLM, ERP, costing, supply chain management and shop floor control.

The Cool Zone, hosted by [TC]2, showcased current and future leading-edge technologies.

At Lectra’s booth, the company provided overviews of design, development, pre-production, production and product lifecycle management solutions, giving demos of its most recent generation of Vector fabric cutters. The company focused not only on its extensive array of cutting machines, but also on demonstrating how the company can help customers with the process involved in cutting.

Lectra also educated attendees on the impact of 3D technology on fit, grading and virtual prototyping, and how to connect design and development teams to create a competitive advantage.

At Gerber Technology, focus was on the company’s ability to track work throughout the entire process from order entry through the cutting room.

Gerber was also a participant in TC2’s Cool Zone with its Mobile Design Suite, which enables designers to create paper patterns using a touchscreen Microsoft tablet. They can then use the tablet to convert patterns to digital AccuMark CAD patterns, and edit and upload them to the cloud.

Cutting-edge technologies and the appeal of Made-in-the-USA
TC2’s Cool Zone pavilion featured a collection of cutting-edge technologies, including one from AM4U (Apparel Made For You) http://www.am4u.com, which has combined new dyeing technology with on-demand manufacturing. The company touts the process as “a revolutionary approach to apparel manufacturing and marketing.” AM4U made its exhibition debut at this year’s Texprocess and was among several firms offering a made-in-the-USA appeal to Cool Zone visitors.

“It will change the economics of the industry and help manufacturing return to the U.S.,” said Bill Grier, AM4U’s president.

Peter Kilduff, a professor and chairman of the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Management at Cal Poly Pomona, and a senior advisor and director of AM4U, says “the dyeing technology doesn’t use any water or chemicals and puts color inside the fiber. Through heat and photon stimulation, it uses capillary action to pump dye inside the fibers, and then seals them in a single pass on fabric or cut pieces”.

“It also doesn’t use a great deal of energy since it’s digitally enabled,” Kilduff says. “Our concept was to integrate this technology with other forms of technology out there such as e-commerce, body scanning and computer-integrated manufacturing and digital cutting.”

Kilduff says the startup company has raised about $2 million and built a pilot factory in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where it is demonstrating the technology. He says several apparel manufacturers have expressed interest in building these types of plants in various parts of the world.

The dyeing technology is being paired with demand manufacturing with the ultimate goal of moving to purchase-activated manufacturing where the consumer makes design choices and orders products that fit them through home-based or retail-based body scanning, Kilduff says.

“The product is then shipped to them in a few days.

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Also part of the Cool Zone was Rethink Robotics of Boston, which is touting its “Baxter” interactive production robot as having applications in various aspects of apparel and textile manufacturing. Jim Landreth, a marketing representative for the company, says the teachable robot can be used by personnel of any education level. While Baxter is not yet on the production floor of any apparel or textile companies, Landreth believes it has many potential applications for both industries, and says that it has worked well in demonstrations with thread and yarn manufacturers.

Over at The Human Solutions Group, the company has developed a new contact-free body scanner to acquire body measurements in 3D, which creates a “scanatar” of customers. According to the company, the scanatar’s dimensions correspond exactly to the body dimensions of the person being scanned. Scanning takes just one second and scanners require just three square meters of space.

The scanner measures by means of optical triangulation (infrared light, 12 sensors) and is an addition to the existing scanner family with 3D laser technology. The company believes it is especially suitable for the virtual try-on procedure in apparel vendors’ stores.

Also exhibiting at the show was apparel software and ERP specialist Simparel. “[Our technology] offers the ability to manage business literally all the way through from the process of design until the product goes out the back door. It’s a complete software that handles the entire process,” says John Robinson, the company’s senior vice president, sales and marketing.

Robinson says one of Simparel’s main attributes is that it can oversee the entire apparel production process and users don’t have to integrate multiple software solutions.

“The apparel companies we engaged at Texprocess continue to confirm that the constant increasing need for speed, improved operational efficiency and visibility are paramount for success,” Robinson says. “Of course these companies want to reduce costs while increasing revenue by quickly identifying challenges and/or seizing opportunities as it relates to their supply chain and available inventory as well as their omni-channel fulfillment.”

The Supply Chain USA pavilion organized by SEAMS featured yarn, fabric and apparel manufacturers. Here, companies were quick to promote the made-in-the-USA aspect of their products. Among the vendors was Sterlingwear of Boston, whose claim to fame is as the manufacturer of the official U.S. Navy pea coat for more than 40 years. The company employs more than 300 at its East Boston manufacturing facility.

Jack Foster, director of sales and marketing for the company, says the company launched a commercial division in 2001, creating a line of peacoats that it sells to Army-Navy stores and boutiques. Sterlingwear also operates a wholesale division that sells fashion items. Foster says that while government contracts now account for about 90 percent of the company’s revenue, its goal is to make that a 50-50 proposition as the commercial side expands.

“All of our assembly and manufacturing is done in America,” he says. For Foster and Sterling, Texprocess was about getting the company’s name out to potential customers.

“When you are a new brand, especially in the fashion market, it takes a lot of patience and you have to have the right designs,” Foster says. “Large retailers are part of corporations that are made up of people and those people usually go the easy route and stay with the suppliers they have been with for a long time. To take a chance on a company that that might not be as well known nationally is a hard thing for them to do.”

At thread specialist A&E, Mark Hatton, director, marketing and sales administration, said that, for apparel, the company was promoting performance threads that offered unique characteristics and functionality. “Visitors have been interested in our AneSoft product which is an incredibly soft micro denier thread that can be used in next-to-skin applications,” he said.

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Mindbody Raises $50M at $450M Valuation; IPO Likely in 2015

May 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Mindbody Raises $50M at $450M Valuation; IPO Likely in 2015

 

In the latest boost to the booming health and wellness sector, investors have put $50 million into software-as-a-service company Mindbody Inc. to bankroll its global expansion and enter the corporate wellness market.

The infusion boosts total outside funding for Mindbody to $98 million and is designed to be the last round before the San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based company files for an IPO sometime in 2015. New investor W Capital Partners led the round at a valuation around $450 million.

“We didn’t want to go to the well again. There is some buffer,” said Mindbody’s chief executive and co-founder, Rick Stollmeyer, of the round size. “Our intention is to be ready to go public in the next 12 months.”

Founded in 2001 to provide scheduling, customer service and payment software to companies in the health and beauty sectors, Mindbody has grown to employ 820 people worldwide. Customers, which include more than 500,000 practitioners at more than 33,000 yoga studios, health clubs, beauty salons and other businesses, pay a monthly fee for the Web-based software.

With an annual revenue run rate around $50 million last year, no one customer represents more than .05% of total revenue, Mr. Stollmeyer said.

Along with expanding its global presence–the company operates in 92 countries and has “real traction in 20″ of them, according to Mr. Stollmeyer–Mindbody will use the funding to enter the corporate wellness market.

“There’s a lot of opportunity for us to make introductions and help the company with the next stage of growth,” W Capital Partners Principal Blake Heston said.

Mr. Heston, who said his firm assisted OpenTable Inc., Ancestry.com Inc. and others at a late stage similar to that of Mindbody, said conversations with potential corporate partners for Mindbody’s next iteration are ongoing, but he declined to provide details.

“The company is very well-positioned to go public whenever they are ready for it,” Mr. Heston said. “There are millions of practitioners with one to five people that are still using pens and paper. The market they’re in is completely underserved.”

New investor Montreux Equity Partners participated along with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners and Catalyst Investors. Early investor Siemer Ventures contributed its pro rata, Mr. Stollmeyer said.

Write to Lizette Chapman at lizette.chapman@wsj.com. Follow her on Twitter at@zettewil

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May 18, 2014 Leave a comment

United States[edit]

A-B[edit]

  • Osceola Macarthy Adams
  • Adrian
  • Joseph Abboud
  • Ray Aghayan
  • Steven Alan
  • Larry Aldrich
  • Jason Alkire
  • Cindy Ambuehl
  • Spencer Antle
  • Pegah Anvarian
  • Kevin Aviance
  • Anya Ayoung-Chee
  • Mark Badgley
  • Xenobia Bailey
  • John Bakel
  • Jeffrey Banks
  • Travis Banton
  • Jhane Barnes
  • Dennis Basso
  • Michael Bastian
  • Suede Baum
  • Geoffrey Beene
  • Bill Belew
  • Hunter Bell
  • Henri Willis Bendel
  • Stacey Bendet
  • Laura Bennett
  • Susan Bennis
  • Fonzworth Bentley
  • Chris Benz
  • James Pasqual Bettio
  • Jonas Bevacqua
  • Jeanne Bice
  • Richard Blackwell
  • Bill Blass
  • Main Bocher
  • Stevie Boi
  • Waraire Boswell
  • Rosemary Brantley
  • Helen Brockman
  • Bonnie Broel
  • Gessica Brooke
  • Donald Brooks
  • Thom Browne
  • Sabrina Bryan
  • Dana Buchman
  • Tory Burch
  • Stephen Burrows
  • Lauren Bush
  • Ebenezer Butterick
  • Amanda Bynes

C-E[edit]

  • Jean Cacicedo
  • Lilian Cahn
  • Eva Camacho-Sánchez
  • Vince Camuto
  • Albert Capraro
  • Alex Carleton
  • Elizabeth Carpenter
  • Kelly Carrington
  • Bonnie Cashin
  • Sal Cesarani
  • Richard Chai
  • Angel Chang
  • Ceil Chapman
  • Reco Chapple
  • Monika Chiang
  • Margaret Cho
  • Andrew Christian
  • Matthew Christopher
  • Claw Money
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Sean Combs
  • Dennis Comeau
  • Cristi Conaway
  • Lauren Conrad
  • Mandy Coon
  • Jeffrey Costello
  • Caresse Crosby
  • Laura Dahl
  • Eric Daman
  • Debra Davenport
  • Ellen Louise Demorest
  • Jane Derby
  • Lyn Devon
  • Hilary Duff
  • Charlie Dunn
  • Alison Eastwood
  • Marc Ecko
  • Lauren Elaine
  • Perry Ellis
  • Diana Eng
  • Jamison Ernest
  • Patrik Ervell
  • George Esquivel
  • Charles Evans
  • Lou Eyrich

F-I[edit]

  • Kaffe Fassett
  • Beverly Feldman
  • Abi Ferrin
  • Erin Fetherston
  • Andrew Fezza
  • Patricia Field
  • Ron Finley
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Jared Flood
  • Alan Flusser
  • Anne Fogarty
  • Tom Ford
  • Roger Forsythe
  • Daniel Franco
  • Paul Frank
  • James Galanos
  • Katie Gallagher
  • Jeff Garner
  • Gladys Geissman
  • Kayne Gillaspie
  • Sophie Gimbel
  • Jared Gold
  • Wes Gordon
  • Gary Graham
  • Howard Greer
  • Henry Grethel
  • Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss
  • Mondo Guerra
  • Cassidy Haley
  • George Halley
  • Halston
  • Tim Hamilton
  • Susie Schmitt Hanson
  • Althea Harper
  • Donwan Harrell
  • Lorene Harrison
  • Tinker Hatfield
  • Julie Haus
  • Elizabeth Hawes
  • Christina Hattler
  • Edith Head
  • Candice Held
  • Rose Hemlock
  • Seth Aaron Henderson
  • Kimberly Hendrix
  • Greg Herman
  • Mila Hermanovski
  • Lazaro Hernandez
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Anne T. Hill
  • Sherri Hill
  • Nicky Hilton
  • Susan Holmes
  • Joe Allen Hong
  • Stacy Igel
  • Indashio

J-L[edit]

  • Janet Jackson
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Otis James
  • Sidney Janis
  • Jay-Z
  • jeffstaple
  • Elisa Jimenez
  • Daymond John
  • Kevin Johnn
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Gretchen Jones
  • Kidada Jones
  • Lauren Jones
  • Christian Joy
  • Alexander Julian
  • Bill Kaiserman
  • Norma Kamali
  • Kambriel
  • Karen Kane
  • Karl Kani
  • Jen Kao
  • Emily Kappes
  • Donna Karan
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Herbert Kasper
  • Bijan Kazem
  • Rod Keenan
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Kathy Kemp
  • Eugenia Kim
  • Muriel King
  • Joy Kingston
  • Alexis Kirk
  • Audrey Kitching
  • Charles Kleibacker
  • Anne Klein
  • Calvin Klein
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Solange Knowles
  • Tina Knowles
  • Michael Kors
  • Reed Krakoff
  • Carson Kressley
  • Michael Kuluva
  • Wendy L’Belle
  • Michelle Laine
  • Derek Lam
  • Liz Lange
  • Raun Larose
  • Kara Laricks
  • Byron Lars
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Nicole M. LeBlanc
  • Helen Lee
  • Kimora Lee Simmons
  • Irene Lentz
  • Nanette Lepore
  • Asher Levine
  • Beth Levine
  • Matt Levine
  • Monica Lewinsky
  • Brian Lichtenberg
  • Lil Debbie
  • Jamie Lim
  • Adam Lippes
  • Ben de Lisi
  • Col. Littleton
  • Yohanna Logan
  • Don Loper
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Ron LoVece
  • Deanna Loveland
  • Ann Lowe
  • Parke Lutter

M-O[edit]

  • Claire McCardell
  • Jay McCarroll
  • Becca McCharen
  • Jessica McClintock
  • Jack McCollough
  • LisaRaye McCoy-Misick
  • Bradon McDonald
  • Mary McFadden
  • Elizabeth McKay
  • Jack Mackenroth
  • Hogan McLaughlin
  • Mark McNairy
  • Leah McSweeney
  • Bob Mackie
  • Steve Madden
  • Leigh Magar
  • John Malkovich
  • Adrienne Maloof-Nassif
  • Taryn Manning
  • Margaret Manny
  • Chris March
  • Leanne Marshall
  • Kelli Martin
  • Vera Maxwell
  • Raul Melgoza
  • Keith Michael
  • David Meister
  • Nicole Miller
  • Nolan Miller
  • Romeo Miller
  • Savannah Miller
  • Sienna Miller
  • James Mischka
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Marjorie Montgomery
  • Heidi Montag
  • Mandy Moore
  • Tinsley Mortimer
  • Bethany Mota
  • Mario Moya
  • Peter Mui
  • Malini Murjani
  • Tracy Negoshian
  • Bernard Newman
  • Albert Nipon
  • Vanessa Noel
  • Peggy Noland
  • Norman Norell
  • Maggie Norris
  • Ryan Jude Novelline
  • Bobbie Nudie
  • Aubrey O’Day
  • Melissa Odabash
  • Todd Oldham
  • Mary-Kate Olsen
  • Orry-Kelly
  • Virgil Ortiz
  • Kimberly Ovitz
  • Rick Owens

P-R[edit]

  • Gladys Parker
  • Molly Parnis
  • Russell Patterson
  • Wendy Pepper
  • Claire Pettibone
  • Mary Phelps Jacob
  • Christine Philip
  • Sarah Phillips
  • Mary Ping
  • Maria Pinto
  • Lawren Pope
  • Whitney Port
  • Zac Posen
  • Clare Potter
  • Cristiana Proietti
  • Prudence
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Max Raab
  • Tala Raassi
  • Randi Rahm
  • Traver Rains
  • Natacha Rambova
  • David Rappaport
  • Emily Grace Reaves
  • Nell Donnelly Reed
  • Wendi Reed
  • Tracy Reese
  • Billy Reid
  • Rose Marie Reid
  • Edith Reuss
  • Jessica Rey
  • Donna Ricco
  • Santino Rice
  • Richie Rich
  • Craig Robinson
  • Patrick Robinson
  • Narciso Rodriguez
  • Ruth Rogers-Altmann
  • Alice Roi
  • Darren Romanelli
  • William Rondina
  • Helen Rose
  • Lela Rose
  • Steven Rosengard
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Rachel Roy
  • Ralph Rucci

S-T[edit]

  • Sandra Sakata
  • Kara Saun
  • Michele Savino
  • Austin Scarlett
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Caroline Zoe Schumm
  • Jeremy Scott
  • L’Wren Scott
  • Veronica Scott
  • Jeffrey Sebelia
  • Selena
  • Ronaldus Shamask
  • Eileen Shields
  • Diggy Simmons
  • Russell Simmons
  • Fabrice Simon
  • Adele Simpson
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Rubin Singer
  • Christian Siriano
  • Nikki Sixx
  • Elena Slivnyak
  • Bill Smith
  • LaQuan Smith
  • Michelle Smith
  • Willi Smith
  • Peter Som
  • Soulja Boy
  • Kate Spade
  • Peter Speliopoulos
  • Robert L. Spencer
  • Stephen Sprouse
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Scott Steinberg
  • Ellen Stewart
  • Josie Stevens
  • Christopher Straub
  • Shawn Stussy
  • Tara Subkoff
  • Anna Sui
  • Ivy Supersonic
  • Robert Tagliapietra
  • Gustave Tassell
  • Tere Tereba
  • Barbara Tfank
  • Vicky Tiel
  • Robert Tonner
  • Ivanka Trump
  • Elaine Turner
  • Jessie Franklin Turner
  • David Tutera
  • Tyler, The Creator

U-Z[edit]

  • Kay Unger
  • Zelda Wynn Valdes
  • Carmen Marc Valvo
  • Theadora Van Runkle
  • Gloria Vanderbilt
  • John Varvatos
  • Bobby Vaughn
  • Mike Vensel
  • Gia Ventola
  • Louis Verdad
  • Nick Verreos
  • Kanye West
  • Michaele Vollbracht
  • Daniel Vosovic
  • Alexander Wang
  • Vera Wang
  • Clayton and Flavie Webster
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Carol Hannah Whitfield
  • Jazmin Whitley
  • Jeffrey Williams
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Eva Danielle Wittels
  • Sherry Wolf
  • Sue Wong
  • Sean Yseult
  • Karen Zambos
  • Diva Zappa
  • Zarah
  • Paul Zastupnevich
  • Rachel Zoe
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May 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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Watch Out Apple, Microsoft Has A Smartwatch Too

May 18, 2014 Leave a comment
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Summary

  • Microsoft has been plotting for a smartwatch long before it bought Nokia’s Devices & Services division.
  • Wearable computing is another growth industry that Microsoft’s Devices division wants to dabble in. The engineering talent and patents from Nokia should help Nadella come up with a great smartwatch.
  • The smartwatch market is much smaller than smartphones but Microsoft can expand the product line to include other wearable gadgets.
  • Microsoft, unlike Apple, will likely offer low-priced and high-priced smartwatch models.

Apple (AAPL) watchers are eagerly waiting for the iWatch. However, Microsoft (MSFT) may actually release a smartwatch before Apple does. The spotlight on the smartwatch project of Apple receives a lot of coverage. Unknown to most people, Microsoft was also plotting for a consumer smartwatch since 2012.

A patent application for a “WEARABLE PERSONAL INFORMATION SYSTEM” was filed by Microsoft in October 2012. Microsoft got the patent applicationpublished earlier this month. This development is in line with the company’s new Windows on Devices initiative. Nadella is not only focused on smartphones and tablets for Windows.

Microsoft is not noisy about its plans for Internet of Things (IoT) but the smartwatch patent should confirm to investors that Nadella is not letting Windows get stuck on the realms of computers and smartphones. Google, Apple, Intel, Cisco, and Qualcomm have all been very vocal about their Internet of Things and wearable computing plans.

The Internet of Things promises to become a massive growth industry. It should please MSFT investors that Nadella is plotting to release a smartwatch soon. IDC is forecasting IoT to grow into an $8.89 tillionindustry by 2020. The smartwatch is integral part of this new smart/connected devices industry. Apple and Microsoft are therefore right to start off their IoT ambitions with a wearable computer for human wrists.

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The Microsoft Smartwatch

As per the published patent document of Microsoft, the company’s smartwatch shares the same concept and purpose with other smartwatch products already in the market. Please look at the illustration below. It’s similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2. It’s a fitness tracker, mini-smartphone that will run on Windows and be compatible with all Windows devices. 

Source:U.S. Patent Office Website

The illustration above shows Microsoft’s smartwatch features a detachable main watch body. This should allow custom straps to be added. This is what the Microsoft product will look like. It will not be using last year’s multi-display screens of the Nokia Facet watch. A single-display smartwatch is still cheaper to make. Microsoft has no cult-following like Apple enjoys.

Microsoft has no “cool factor” to its name. Releasing a smartwatch that looks like the image below will likely draw critics’ ire and a lot of sarcasm. Apple can get away with this avant-garde concept but Bill of Materials, battery life, and weight concerns will unlikely allow it to be produced on a commercial basis.

Source: Nokia

The Microsoft smartwatch will be no different from the Apple iWatch in terms of features. Engineers of the companies will embed their own products with fitness tracking, connectivity, video/still cameras, and call/email/SMS functions. I hope that Microsoft’s watch will feature Cortana and have a larger than 2-inches display screen.

Apple’s hip crowd of loyalists will make the high-end iWatch very successful. However, Microsoft can also leverage its huge enterprise influence to bundle the Windows smartwatch for executives. Nadella can also create a cheaper watch for the sub-$150. A Windows smartwatch with just fitness tracking and no call features and other advanced features could be profitably retailed for $149.99.

Microsoft, as demonstrated by its mobile phone initiative, will sell high-end and low-end smartwatch products and the total addressable market should offset Apple’s hold on premium-paying customers.

The Smartwatch Market

Pebble, a small Kickstarter-funded firm which makes smartwatches, sold400,000 watches last year for around $60 million. Pebble aims to sell 1 million units this year. These figures remind us all that the market for smartwatches is growing faster than we can imagine. Intel won’t havebought BASIS Science if there’s no real potential in connected and smart timepieces.

Microsoft is going to use the patents and talents of Nokia’s old D&S unit to deliver a high-quality smartwatch which will compete with many other players. Samsung, the leader in smartphones and tablets, is also the market leader in the smartwatch category.

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Samsung and other vendors sold 3 million watches worth $711 million in 2013. That’s a ten-fold increase over 2012’s 300,000 unit sales number. The Smartwatch Group is predicting that sales will hit $2.4 billion this year. This hyper-growth potential of wearables is attractive to Apple and Microsoft. Both companies are looking to get out of its single-digit sales growth performance.

Furthermore, Microsoft wants to derail Google’s new Android Wear OS. The bad blood between these two mega-cap tech companies requires each one to continue attacking each other’s products. Apple and other smart watch manufacturers will definitely suffer from collateral damage from Microsoft’s smartwatch assault (that’s aimed primarily at Google.)

Conclusion

Windows on Devices is Microsoft’s OS for smart devices which, with a little contra revenue effort, will likely find support among OEM companies that don’t want to exclusively rely on Android Wear. The Windows Smartwatch is unlikely to beat the future market success of the Apple iWatch. However, the Lumia and Windows brand names are famous enough to gain some sizable market share.

A smartwatch is unlikely to move MSFT higher but it’s a small step toward the future $8.89 billion Internet of Things industry. The technology from a smartwatch can be extended to other wearables and appliances.

Microsoft is a Strong Buy. I trust Alpha Omega Mathematica’s market-comparative and high-math valuation system.

Eight analysts at BarChart.com give MSFT a Strong Buy rating and two analysts gave it a Buy.

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Do You Know What’s Going in Your Amazon Shopping Cart?

May 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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For Faster Shipping, Items Are Commingled at Warehouses, Opening the Door to Knockoffs

May 11, 2014

Matthew Frank, chief executive of ICI USA, which owns Tovolo-brand ice-cube molds and trays, says he first complained to Amazon about fake products more than a year ago.Matthew Ryan Williams for The Wall Street Journal

Every now and then Matthew Frank, whose company makes Tovolo-brand ice-cube molds and trays, will slow down shipments of his kitchenware to Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +2.50% and then conduct test buys as the Internet retailer’s stock runs low.

What he finds after cutting back the flow of his products: Knockoff products rise to the top, said Mr. Frank, chief executive of ICI USA LLC, which owns Tovolo.

The phenomenon doesn’t just reflect a problem with unsavory sellers. It is also a result of the way Amazon manages inventory in its network of warehouses across the U.S. As more third-party sellers have signed up to offer products through Amazon and use its order-fulfillment services, the Seattle-based giant has allowed many to pool their inventory with supposedly identical items supplied by other sellers—in essence commingling products from third-party merchants with those supplied directly to Amazon by the brands themselves.

In other words, a product ordered from a third-party seller may not have originated from that particular seller. If the bar code matches, any one that is on the shelf will do.

The system has enabled Amazon to make better use of its warehouse space and keep a wide variety of items in stock around the country. The idea is to give Amazon flexibility to ship certain products based on their proximity to customers, speeding delivery times. For third-party sellers, it saves them the trouble of having to label individual items sent to the Amazon warehouse. The bar code takes care of that. But the practice has in some cases led to mix-ups between counterfeit and authentic products, even when they are sent by Amazon itself.

The commingling program, whose participation is voluntary for third-party sellers, is one of a number of Amazon policies that have hurt the giant retailer’s relationship with makers of branded goods.

“It’s very frustrating to see this happen,” Mr. Frank said.

Amazon declined to comment.

An Amazon instructional video on its official YouTube channel explains how the inventory commingling works. Items entering Amazon’s warehouses, whether from suppliers or third-party seller who have opted into the program, are sorted by bar code. When shoppers buy those products from Amazon or a third-party seller that uses the company’s fulfillment service, Amazon will ship them from the combined inventory, typically taking products from the warehouse nearest the customer.

Sometimes, fakes can get mixed in. Justin Dunham, a mathematics professor in Kansas City, Mo., said his wife bought him what was supposed to be a Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray from Amazon. A receipt for the $8.50 purchase shows it was sold by Amazon, not a third-party seller.

The tray was flimsy, water spilled easily and it broke after a few uses, Mr. Dunham said. He later picked up an authentic Tovolo ice tray at a kitchenware store and saw the difference. “The ice cubes slide out much more easily, and it’s more stable when full of water,” said Mr. Dunham, who didn’t ask Amazon for a refund. “I definitely wish I’d gotten the correct tray the first time.”

A few other Amazon customers also complained in reviews that the trays they received were imitations. It wasn’t clear which seller supplied the trays to the warehouse.

ICI USA’s Mr. Frank said he first complained to Amazon about the fake ice trays over a year ago and asked that Amazon store Tovolo merchandise only with items from authorized distributors. He said he hasn’t received an answer to that request, but said he was told that third-party sellers now have to paste a label on their products that would allow individual items to be traced to individual sellers if customers complain.

Amazon declined to comment.

Amazon’s inventory commingling “has been causing a lot of angst” for makers of branded goods that are trying to curb unauthorized sellers of their products on the site, said Wes Shepherd, chief executive of Channel IQ, which monitors online prices and sellers for brand owners and other clients. Commingling inventory makes it harder for manufacturers to identify leaks in their distribution network.

“You don’t really know whose product it is,” he said.

German knife maker Wüsthof recently told its authorized distributors that come June 30, they can no longer store its products in Amazon’s warehouses, because the manufacturer doesn’t want the merchandise commingled with items from unauthorized third-party sellers, said Todd Myers, vice president of sales at Wüsthof-Trident of America Inc.

Authorized Wüsthof distributors may still sell through Amazon, they just can’t use its fulfillment service, meaning they have to ship purchases themselves to customers. Wüsthof itself stopped selling its knives directly to Amazon around two years ago, according to Mr. Myers.

Last year, Johnson & Johnson JNJ -0.39% temporarily halted sales of many of its consumer products to Amazon, because it felt the retailer wasn’t doing enough to stop third-party sales of damaged or expired J&J personal-care products and over-the counter drugs. The companies aren’t saying how they ended the standoff. Some other well-known companies, such as Estée Lauder Cos., don’t distribute their products to Amazon, even though third-parties sell them on the site.

Not all products in Amazon’s warehouses are eligible for commingling. The policy doesn’t apply to most media products, like CDs and DVDs, groceries and “high value” items, according to the company’s video. It isn’t clear why this is the case, but a few large media companies have sued third-party sellers on Amazon, alleging they were selling illegitimate movies and other media products.

Several big brands that received complaints of fake products sold on Amazon have won some safeguards. In the case of consumer electronics company Bose, for example, Amazon limits which third parties can sell their products new and store them in its warehouses.

Carolyn Cinotti, Bose’s public-relations director, said Amazon “has been very responsive” to its complaints about unauthorized third parties that were selling knockoffs of its headphones and speakers.

For others, Amazon has been less responsive.

Kennedy International, which makes various branded home storage and laundry products, has complained to Amazon “multiple times” about imitation Woolite-branded bra-wash bags sold on the site, said Ralph Nasar, Kennedy’s licensing and marketing director. A few authorized distributors of the items sell on Amazon, but some sellers are offering counterfeit merchandise that is being commingled with the real products in Amazon’s warehouses, he said.

“It’s been almost impossible to control and very upsetting to us,” Mr. Nasar said.

Write to Serena Ng at serena.ng@wsj.com and Greg Bensinger at

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