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 JC Penney to close 140 stores amid lower sales; Bangladesh government steps in on labour crackdown; US retailers call for halt to one-day port strike;

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“A Practical Guide for Manufacturing Apparel in the U.S.A. with a Dramatic Increase in Profits”.

February 21, 2017 2 comments

We will begin serializing this book on March 1,2017

Politics and patriotism aside we need sustainable profits at every level to return domestic apparel production. “A Practical Guide for Manufacturing Apparel in the U.S.A. with a Dramatic Increase in Profits“. This blog will begin serializing the first detailed “How-To” guide for HIGHLY PROFITABLE selling and manufacturing of domestic made Apparel. It is called Purchase Activated Manufacturing, (PAM), and the guide will feature the details and marketing principles required to build and operate a pollution free, high profit domestic apparel supply chain.  This technology is a must for retail, brand and manufacturers of todays apparel. It’s time to take the risk out of stocking inventory and capture the lost profit from clearance, overproduction and sellouts with no backup product.

The book is authored by Bill Grier, CEO of AM4U inc and founder of Critical Mass Manufacturing Inc. Bill is a recognized executive and pioneer visionary in the digital print industry. As the CEO of AM4U, Inc. and Critical Mass Manufacturing, Inc., Bill is the inventor of and chief scientist responsible for perfecting patented Active Tunnel Coloration (ATC) technology, the engine for PAM.

Bill provides strategic corporate leadership and thirty years of marketing, advertising, merchandising, and technological advances in textile and apparel production. Bill sits on the Industry Advisory Board at Cal Poly Pomona’s Apparel Merchandising & Management School. Bill’s vision of solving the apparel industry’s problems included the AM4U project. Bill also served in the United States Marine Corp. Reserves for 37 years and retired as Colonel.

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February 14, 2017 Leave a comment
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Amazon’s Living Lab: Reimagining Retail on Seattle Streets

February 13, 2017 Leave a comment
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Shoppers and passers-by glimpsed the exterior of the Amazon Go grocery store during the location’s beta launch in Seattle in December.
Shoppers and passers-by glimpsed the exterior of the Amazon Go grocery store during the location’s beta launch in Seattle in December. David Ryder for The New York Times
How do behemoth technology companies test out new concepts? If you are Amazon, you use your hometown as a living lab.
That’s what Nick Wingfield, a tech reporter for The New York Times, found in Seattle, where Amazon was started and has its headquarters. In the past few years, the giant e-commerce company has tried out numerous retail experiments in Seattle, including a drive-up grocery store, a physical bookstore and a roaming delivery truck called the Treasure Truck.
Amazon’s tests have cemented Seattle’s reputation as a hub for retail innovation, which in turn has spurred the creation of jobs and demand for office space in the city. In past years, REI, Costco and Nordstrom all got their start in Seattle. And Starbucks, which is also based in Seattle, has tried its own retail pilots in town, including opening its first high-end coffee bar, Roastery, there.
If Amazon’s retail pilots in Seattle are successful, the company sometimes rolls out the concepts across other places in the United States. So if you want a peek into your retail future, Seattle is a great place to see what may unfold.
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The Treasure Truck, one of Amazon’s ideas to connect with customers, parked in West Seattle last month.



The company is putting its stamp on the city with an expanding array of unconventional experiments in bricks-and-mortar sales.

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Today’s FierceRetail Rundown

February 7, 2017 Leave a comment


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  1. Abercrombie reveals new store concept

  2. 56% of U.S. shopping done in physical stores

  3. Macy’s approached by Hudson’s Bay for acquisition

  4. EMS, Bob’s Stores file for bankruptcy

  5. Amazon planning for technology, not staff, to run grocery

  6. Tiffany drops CEO

Featured Story

Abercrombie reveals new store concept

February 7, 2017 | By Jacqueline Renfrow

For the first time in 15 years, Abercrombie & Fitch is changing up the look of its stores to offer a more omnichannel experience that encompasses the latest technology. Now, mallgoers will get a more personalized experience with Abercrombie’s innovative fitting rooms and a carved-out space for shoppers to pick up online orders.


Top Stories

56% of U.S. shopping done in physical stores

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Despite the growth of the omnichannel experience, 56% of U.S. shoppers still consider physical stores their main shopping channel, as opposed to 10% who shop mainly online, according to new data from market research agency Lightspeed.

Macy’s approached by Hudson’s Bay for acquisition

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hudson’s Bay is in preliminary talks with Macy’s about a takeover offer. The two companies are also exploring additional cooperative moves outside of the merger, such as Hudson’s taking on some of Macy’s real estate. The Canadian brand’s portfolio currently includes Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. The deal could help a struggling Macy’s, which has faced declining sales and a series of store closures, including 68 locations announced last month.

EMS, Bob’s Stores file for bankruptcy

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eastern Outfitters, the parent company of Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. British sportswear company Sports Direct International is engaging in talks with the flailing retailer to become a bidder at the bankruptcy auction. Eastern Outfitters is owned by private equity firm Versa Capital Management, which bought the company out of bankruptcy from Vestis Retail Group just last year.

Amazon planning for technology, not staff, to run grocery

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

As Amazon prepares to unveil its latest supermarket plans, with stores that could span between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet, the retailer let on that its bigger stores may operate with as few as three and no more than 10 employees at one time. In the automated prototype, a half-dozen workers could staff an average location. Duties for staff would include signing up customers for Amazon Fresh, restocking shelves, working drive-thru windows and assisting robots in bagging groceries. This prototype of limited payroll could lead to a huge profit boost.

Tiffany drops CEO

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced the replacement of CEO Frederic Cumenal after disappointing financial results. Cumenal, who has held the position since April 2015, is being replaced by chairman and former CEO Michael Kowalski in the interim. The shuffling in the executive office comes just three weeks after the company’s top designer left and not long after the reporting of weak holiday sales.

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Nasty Gal: What Went Wrong?

February 7, 2017 Leave a comment
Nasty Gal store in Santa Monica | Source: Nasty Gal
Nasty Gal store in Santa Monica | Source: Nasty Gal
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Trade Report Feb. 8, 2017

February 7, 2017 Leave a comment

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Feb. 8, 2017 About l Federal Register

Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule Could be Scaled Back

Acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Michael Piwowar has directed SEC staff to consider further relief from the SEC’s conflict minerals rule. Interested parties are encouraged to submit detailed comments to the SEC by March 17.

Mexico Begins 90-Day Consultation Period on NAFTA Changes

Trade Deficit Falls in December, Sees Slight Gain in 2016

CBP Reviewing Info Collections on Import Bonds, Temporary Exports

AD/CV: Request Administrative Reviews, Citric Acid

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Potential IPR Probe of Hybrid Vehicles Evaluated for Public Interest Issues

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New and Amended Maritime Agreements Filed

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