TITLE

Apparel Industry Cautiously Equips for Global Marketplace

AUTHOR(S)
Cole, Michael
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
Apparel Magazine;Aug2004, Vol. 45 Issue 12, p38
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sweeping advances in technology and an increasingly international sourcing landscape are potentially appealing dynamics for apparel companies and their vendors as they consider adding and upgrading state-of-the-art equipment and supplies for their worldwide factories. Joe Dixon, who, as executive vice president of Brooks Brothers, was a leader of the retailer's 3-D digital-tailoring initiative, acknowledges technology's limitations. Geoff Gibson, vice president of manufacturing at Argus International, a full-package Central American supplier of sourcing services to clients including Russell Corp., Liz Claiborne, Sara Lee Apparel and Williamson-Dickie, says that upgrades in machinery can even diminish the flexibility they were designed to create. Gibson says a more pressing technology priority for Argus, one of the largest Central American sourcing suppliers, is the pending selection of a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help manage increased globalization. For Brooks Brothers, offering a nearly 190-year-old brand of business and casual apparel emphasizing quality, well-equipped factories are a necessity.
ACCESSION #
14071901

 

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