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Fruit of the Loom recently joined the Cotton LEADS program


“Doing the right thing should have no competitive boundaries. When it comes to environmental sustainability, we are all on the same team”, says Tony Pelaski, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

That’s why Fruit of the Loom was one of the first partners in the Cotton LEADS™ program. Cotton LEADS allows Fruit of the Loom to join with others for the same cause of environmental sustainability – it allows them to deliver on their promise to the supply chain and to their consumers.

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NGC Software’s Mark Burstein Named Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2018 Pro to Know of the Year

Burstein, president of NGC Software, was selected as the Pro to Know of the Year out of nearly 200 provider and practitioner supply chain executives named to the annual list

MIAMI—March 27, 2018 — NGC Software, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM), supply chain management (SCM), quality control and vendor compliance, today announced that Mark Burstein, president, NGC Software, has been named Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2018 Pro to Know of the Year.

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Teamwork Reimagined: Lectra Connected Design and Lectra Connected Development

Connect people, data and processes with Lectra’s latest solutions to power up design and development teams

Paris, March 20, 2018 – Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, introduces collaborative solutions specifically developed for design and product development teams, enabling fashion companies to affront tighter deadlines and handle wider product mixes with speed and serenity.

With the rise of e-commerce, digitally dependent consumers expect personalized, innovative fashion delivered to their doorstep at the click of a mouse.

Fashion companies are struggling to keep up with consumer demands and looking for new ways to speed up design and development without compromising quality. Design teams work faster than ever to deliver fresh, eye-catching collections. Product development teams rush to transform new designs into consumer-ready products. Given the accelerated pace of the fashion marketplace, information sharing has become vital for these teams.

Lectra has developed two new solutions to fulfill the specific needs of these teams, Lectra Connected Design and Lectra Connected Development. These solutions deliver collaborative environments that integrate business applications to aggregate, standardize and store data from all design and product development stages. These innovative solutions make every-day working life less stressful by allowing criteria-based searches, inciting users to capitalize on data links, and providing them with innovative tools and services to speed up their processes.

Lectra Connected Design facilitates collaboration between textile and fashion designers, colorists, graphic designers, technical designers and their managers by providing design teams with a connected environment. Team members can access the platform via their Lectra Kaledo® design software and Adobe® Creative Cloud, share inspiration and review collections together or upload inspirations via dedicated mobile apps. This solution gives users the visibility needed to streamline, automate and monitor the entire design process to ensure that they remain creative under severe time constraints.

In the same way, Lectra Connected Development connects patternmakers, graders, technical design teams, managers, cost and margin specialists, marker makers and sample teams through data. It allows team members to connect through Lectra Modaris® 2D and 3D patternmaking software and Lectra Diamino® Fashion marker-making software. Thanks to the wide range of standard libraries and mobile applications provided, teams will improve the efficiency of technical specifications creation. The automation of business processes and real-time communication allow product development teams to avoid errors and deliver the right product quality and fit.

“We recognize first and foremost that today’s fashion industry professionals need to feel well-equipped and at ease in order to perform well under tight deadlines,” explains Céline Choussy Bedouet, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Lectra. “We are confident that by introducing a new and easy way of collaborating through sound data management, both offers will help design and product development teams work faster and more easily to build quality into the products they design and develop. That way, they can reach their fullest potential as key contributors to their companies’ success.”

® Kaledo, Diamino and Modaris are registered trademarks of Lectra.

Ternua Group chooses Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0

Spanish outdoor and sportswear market leader expands international presence thanks to Lectra’s latest product lifecycle management solution

Paris, March 6, 2018 – Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, is pleased to announce that the Ternua Group, a world-renowned Spanish outdoor clothing and sportswear group, has chosen Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 to increase their geographical presence by improving global teamwork.

Founded in 1994, the Ternua Group has achieved worldwide success by promoting adventure through respect for nature, producing sustainable technical clothing for outdoor sports enthusiasts worldwide. The group’s strong commitment to the environment is shown through their R&D that focuses on developing their own fabric by using eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton and recycled down.

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A&E Collaborates with Applied DNA Sciences to Develop Anti-Counterfeiting Sewing Threads

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (March 2, 2018) - American & Efird (A&E), one of the world's foremost manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced today a collaborative agreement with Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. to develop sewing thread utilizing CertainT® anti-counterfeiting technology.

"The CertainT Program is an innovative solution for brands and retailers in their supply chain. A&E and Applied DNA Sciences together are creating new security applications for sewing thread benefitting from revolutionary SigNature®T DNA and Beacon® technology. Our customers are increasingly more vigilant and security minded. DNA technology can protect a wide range of products, from luxury consumer brands to industrial applications where integrity of components is mission critical." Les Miller, CEO, A&E, stated: "We are excited to be collaborating with Applied DNA Sciences and developing cutting-edge technology solutions for our customers."

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Technology propelled by Industry 4.0 brings new opportunities for the fashion industry

Lectra – ESCP Europe ‘Fashion & Technology’ Chair round-table event hears panelists emphasize the need for fashion companies to embrace Industry 4.0

 Paris, February 27, 2018 – Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, the French business school ESCP Europe and their joint ‘Fashion & Technology’ Chair explored the impact of Industry 4.0 on fashion’s value chain during a recent insightful round table discussion at ESCP Europe’s London campus.

For the participants Robert Diamond, Founder and CEO, Fernbrook Partners; Dan Hartley, Global Head of Digital Commerce, AllSaints; Laëtitia Hugé, Vice-President, Product Marketing, Lectra; Pierre Mercier, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group; and Evelthon Vassilou, CEO, Alison Hayes, there was consensus. Industry 4.0 represents unparalleled opportunities to take the fashion industry forward.

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Frontier Spinning Mills Recognized As North Carolina’s Top Large Business Exporter

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper presented five North Carolina companies with 2017 Governor’s Export Awards during a ceremony today at the Executive Mansion. The awards recognize the companies’ dedication to growing their businesses through exporting, a practice which supports thousands of jobs across the state.

North Carolina’s export of goods and services supports more than 370,000 jobs in the state, according to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

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EFI Launches Fiery Textile Bundle To Deliver Superior Quality And Streamline Reggiani Textile Printing Workflows

FREMONT, Calif. — January 11, 2018 — Businesses looking to grow with digital industrial textile production for apparel and décor can advance their operations with the new EFI™ Fiery® Textile Bundle — a set of design and production workflow innovations from Electronics For Imaging Inc. The bundle — used with EFI Reggiani digital inkjet printers — includes new Fiery DesignPro Adobe® Illustrator® and Photoshop® plug-ins to create professional textile designs efficiently, and the newest Fiery proServer digital front end (DFE) for high quality textile production.

With the launch of Fiery DesignPro, EFI provides the ability to accurately match colors to the printed result, share color palettes across the design team in real time, design professional repeat patterns and create multiple colorways from one design. The plug-ins work as part of designers’ familiar environment within Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, resulting in reduced learning curves and shorter design time.

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Supima Engages Oritain To Provide Fiber Origin Verification

TEMPE, Arizona — February 12, 2018 — Supima has partnered with Oritain Global Ltd., an international forensic science firm, to provide a testing platform to identify and verify the origin of SUPIMA® cotton.

In partnership with Supima, Oritain will utilize its scientific technology to measure the naturally occurring elements that exist within the cotton fiber based upon the geographical production area the cotton is grown in. The project will cover the entire American Pima cotton growing region and create a unique fingerprint for Supima cotton.

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Gribbin of Alvanon to transition to senior advisor role with firm

MERION STATION, Pa. – After 12 years with Alvanon, including seven as president, apparel veteran Ed Gribbin will transition to a new role as senior advisor to the leadership team.

He will remain president until March 31, when he will officially launch Gribbin Strategic, his new boutique consultancy firm. Gribbin will remain a part of Alvanon in a new role as senior advisor to the leadership team 

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Alvanon Launches Fashion Innovation Hub with Asian Pioneers

The Shanghai Apparel Experience Center (SHAEC) is a growing China-based community, accelerator and experimental hub to commercialise new technologies and sustainable innovation for the fashion industry.

Shanghai, China – Global innovations company Alvanon in partnership with former Editor-In-Chief of Apparel Monthly, Jenny Liu, have opened The Shanghai Apparel Experience Center (SHAEC), a unique industry hub that will connect and bring to market pioneering technologies and sustainable innovations aimed at transforming the fashion industry in China and the rest of the world.

SHAEC will showcase Asia’s most advanced digital fashion and consumer facing innovations. It will give industry leaders and fashion business professionals in management, design, development, production, supply chain and retail, hands-on access to cutting-edge transformative technologies. In addition, it will run a programme of professional seminars and workshops aimed at addressing the most challenging issues and opportunities facing the industry.

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Unifi Announces Recipients of Inaugural REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability Awards

[Congratulations to AAPN Members: Haggar Clothing Co, PVH, Target, Under Armour, VF Corporation, Burlington, Darlington A Moore Company, Intradeco Apparel, Pettenati, Cone Denim, Patagonia, The North Face]

Awards recognize sustainability leaders who are partnering with Unifi in protecting our natural resources

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jan. 25, 2017 – To further commemorate its recent milestone of recycling 10 billion bottles, Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability awards. These annual awards celebrate Unifi’s brand and textile partners that share in its commitment to sustainability and vision for a better tomorrow.

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Unifi Elects PepsiCo North America CEO Albert P. Carey to the Board of Directors

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), one of the world's leading innovators in synthetic and recycled yarns, today announced the election of Albert (Al) P. Carey to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Carey currently serves as CEO of PepsiCo North America, a role he has held since March 2016. As a 36-year PepsiCo veteran, he has extensive experience leading multiple lines of consumer brands across snacks and beverages at PepsiCo, including as CEO of Frito-Lay North America.

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Unifi Announces Successful Visit from NC Governor Roy Cooper

Visit builds further momentum for sustainable economic development

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jan. 22, 2017 – Unifi is proud to announce a successful visit from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Governor Cooper toured Unifi’s Yadkinville facility, and was able to see first-hand the economic impact the company is having on the state and nation. Unifi makes its REPREVE® fiber from recycled materials, including plastic water bottles, at its Yadkinville plant.

“We’re honored that Governor Cooper was able to see how Unifi contributes good paying jobs for people in North Carolina,” said Unifi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Hall. “We’ve invested $130 million over the past three years to deliver on innovation and our goal to reach 20 billion bottles transformed by 2020, and more than 30 billion by 2022 as we convert them into our REPREVE sustainable and performance fibers.”

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NGC Software Named a Leader in 25 Categories in the 2017 RIS Software LeaderBoard

NGC is a Leader in Customer Satisfaction, Technology Innovation, Overall Performance and Customer Support in Annual Guide to the Best Retail Technology Providers

MIAMI—Jan. 10, 2018—NGC® Software, a leading provider of cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications, today announced that it was named a leader in 25 categories in the 2017 RIS Software Leaderboard.

The RIS Software Leaderboard ranks technology vendors based on customer satisfaction surveys across a wide range of criteria, serving as an objective guide to help retailers find the vendors and solutions they need. It is widely recognized as one of the retail industry's most authoritative rankings of retail technology software vendors.

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New branding identity for Lectra

Resolutely reflecting the digital era, Lectra’s new branding identity is inspired by Lectra’s strategy, customer-focused and anchored in Industry 4.0 concepts

Paris, January 9, 2018 – Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, unveils a new branding identity that powerfully demonstrates the digital orientation of Lectra’s strategy, created to support fashion and apparel, automotive and furniture companies to successfully flourish with Industry 4.0 concepts.

Designed with the agency ComCorp, Lectra’s new branding universe reflects the company’s continuing evolution and accentuates its role as a trailblazer on the eve of the fourth industrial revolution. The redesigned branding universe strongly evokes innovation inscribed in Lectra’s DNA, and leverages the company’s four values: Caring, Committed, Insightful and Visionary.

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Vanguard Pailung: The Moody Family Still Doing It Right

November 28, 2017

More than 100 years after first opening its doors, Vanguard Pailung still finds success as the United States’ only circular knitting machine builder by focusing on technology it knows best.

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“Colombiatex de las Américas” World Class Apparel Expo, Celebrates its 30th edition with tech innovations and Social Responsibility awareness

December 18th, 2017. “Colombiatex de las Américas” One of the top Fashion Apparel Expo, is getting ready to take over the run ways of Plaza Mayor in Medellin, Colombia from the 23rd to the 25th of January 2018.

With the support and guidance of ProColombia, Colombiatex will showcase its 30th edition as a global stage to connect supply and demand of the Textile-Garment sector, affording various and innovative moments of networking between entrepreneurs, buyers, and those whom are passionate and thrilled about the Fashion Industry.

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YuniquePLM® Cloud from Gerber Improves Product Accuracy for Toad & Co.

TOLLAND, CONN., USA DEC. 14, 2017 – Data entry has long been a laborious job and with many company’s legacy systems required multiple entries causing errors to arise. “Duplicate data entry will be something of the past once we employ YuniquePLM,” said Kelly Milazzo, vice president operations, Toad & Co. “Our team will realize reduced development time and eliminate time consuming errors throughout the product development process making our business more sustainable over time.”
Toad & Co are creators of socially and environmentally committed garments that are equally suited for the rigors of the trail or the tavern. Ninety percent of their products are eco-friendly and a portion of each sale supports people with developmental disabilities. 
“We are excited to help Toad & Co succeed with their mission of being sustainable,” stated Bill Brewster, vice president and general manager, enterprise software solutions at Gerber. “With the implementation of YuniquePLM Cloud, they are able to eliminate duplicate data entries and eliminate errors by housing all data in a central repository saving time as they produce their socially and environmentally friendly apparel.”

YuniquePLM Cloud product lifecycle management software serves as a central repository of critical data, and eliminates problems companies often face when using multiple Excel spreadsheets, email or tracking documents to communicate throughout the stages of product development and management. YuniquePLM Cloud creates a single version of the truth, connecting a company’s creative process with their supply chain and production processes.  

Gerber to Sponsor the 2018 PCA Vision Best Design Award (University)

Future of the Industry Relies on Technology-Conscious Creatives

TOLLAND, CONN., DEC. 12, 2017 - Gerber Technology, a world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, is delighted to announce they will be sponsoring the 2018 Professional Clothing (PCA) Vision Best Design (University).

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