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The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) recently announced the location, dates, and preliminary agenda for its eighth annual International Sourcing, Customs, and Logistics Integration Conference.  This year’s must-attend event will be held May 5 – 7, 2010 in Miami , Florida .

“For the last seven years, AAFA has used this International Sourcing Conference to help U.S. apparel and footwear companies navigate often complicated sourcing strategies,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “This past year was difficult for our industry.  That is why we have built this year’s theme on refocusing our efforts and moving forward as quickly as we can.  We are thrilled that this year’s program is shaping up to be our best yet.”

Textile testing services expanded with state-of-the-art facility in Arlington Heights, IL

While consumers have always looked for safety, quality and performance in apparel and soft home products, impending regulatory changes can pose confusion for textile manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Intertek, a leading global quality and solutions provider for a wide range of industries, has invested in moving its textile testing capabilities from its Springfield, NJ operation to its Arlington Heights, IL facility for this very reason – to more efficiently serve the changing business climate through increased capacity to cater to changing customer needs for compliance.

Made in USA-Certified, Inc announced today that the first step in President Barack Obama’s agenda to create jobs in the United States should be to ensure that Americans know the products purported to be made in the United States, actually are. There are currently countless products making the claim that they are American-made which, under even the most cursory review of the Federal Trade Commission, would be found to be untrue. Many of these products are assembled overseas using foreign labor, yet trade on the good name of American labor and quality. These false claims not only often result in dangerous, inferior products, they cost thousands of American jobs.

“Every dollar spent by the American consumer on goods produced in China has a net economic value here of $1.50. For every dollar spent by that same consumer on goods produced in the United States, that economic value is approximately $12”

U.S. Department of Commerce Makes Annual Adjustments to Seasonal Factors for ISM Manufacturing PMI and Diffusion Indexes and ISM Non-Manufacturing NMI and Diffusion Indexes

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently completed its annual adjustment to the seasonal factors used in the monthly Institute for Supply Management™(ISM) Manufacturing Report On Business® and the monthly Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Report On Business®. Economists and managers who track these indexes will note these changes are effective with the January 2010 ISM Manufacturing Report On Business®, which is scheduled to be released on February 1, 2010, and the January 2010 ISM Non-Manufacturing Report On Business®, which will be released on February 3, 2010.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Textile Manufacturing" report to their offering.

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Thousands of textile and apparel brands are using the Internet to reap the benefits of online sourcing. For example at, the largest global sourcing marketplace for manufacturing, its Textiles & Apparel Sourcing Division started the year with more than $100 million in open requests for quotes from factory manufacturers of apparel, fabrics, footwear, home and commercial textiles.

Most companies in the fashion industry are firmly entrenched in a business model that involves outsourcing production and distributing products through cheaper, “slow boat” channels. However, as reported in today’s Stanford Knowledgebase, new research at Stanford Graduate School of Business suggests that while this approach seems to make economic sense it may actually create gross inefficiencies that cause firms to miss out on significant profits.

“People get a premier item that they value highly. Because production times are short, they get it when they need it. Plus, there’s less overproduction and waste.”

Flocking is a decorative detail in clothing in which raised pieces of cloth are applied to the surface in a particular pattern by using an adhesive.  A flocked finish allows you to create among other things, a professional looking suede like lining or finish.  Flocking can be used for t-shirt designs or other embellishment for clothing and fashion accessories.

The application of Flocking is a rather simple process. However, it can be a very messy process.  If you plan on doing flocking yourself it is highly suggested that you wear some sort of dust mask., the largest global sourcing marketplace for manufacturers, today announced significant advancements to its online platform that are designed to create additional competitive advantages for manufacturers and suppliers of custom parts, standard components, assemblies, custom apparel and textiles.

The new marketplace ushers in globally integrated features that help drive efficiencies at all levels of the online sourcing process, from RFQ (request for quote) creation and manufacturer-supplier collaboration to supplier selection. Because the platform intelligently connects manufacturers and suppliers with the right expertise, capacity and credentials at the right time, products can be brought to market faster and at higher levels of quality and profitability.

State grant funds are available to help Wisconsin manufacturers improve performance, stimulate growth and respond to new challenges as the economy recovers from the recession.

“Unfortunately it won’t be back to business as usual for Wisconsin manufacturers,” said Mike Klonsinski, executive director of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), a nonprofit consulting organization that helps manufacturers grow and succeed. “The changes that were occurring before the recession - high volatility, spikes in demand and hyper-competition - are accelerating in the post-recession economy. To win new customers and market share in this global environment, manufacturers must have the best possible systems and processes in place to be highly innovative, lean and agile,” Klonsinski said.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2009 Plimsoll Analysis - Yarn Supplies - A Comprehensive Profile of 99 Companies Operating in the UK Market" report to their offering.

The UK Yarn Supplies market analysis

Julie and Adam Reiser, husband and wife team, have not only a solid marriage and partnership but a brood of six active boys ranging in age from 4 to 15 years. That alone could make a great story, or at least a sequel to the movie, “His, Mine, and Ours”. As if raising six active boys wasn’t enough to keep them busy - they have, together, built a thriving and successful business: Made in USA Certified, Inc., a third party, independent trusted and recognizable certification service that assures the products that make the claim of Made in USA and Product of USA are verifiably made and produced in the United States. (

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China Sourcing Report : Baby & Children's Wear" report to their offering.

The baby and children's wear industry in China is optimistic of export sales growth, despite slow global economies. Turning in approximately $10 billion in overseas sales in 2008, the more than 10,000 manufacturers in the line are confident that export revenue will improve by up to 10 percent in the months ahead.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Supplier Relations US, LLC's new report "Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Suit, Coat, and Overcoat Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade [Q3 2009 Edition]" to their offering.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Snapshots Thailand Clothing 2009" report to their offering.

Snapdatas Snapshots Thailand Clothing 2009 provides 2008 year-end market size data, with 2009 estimates, 5 years of historical data and five-year forecasts. The Snapshots report gives an instant overview of the Thai clothing market and FALSE The data is supplied in both graphical and tabular format for ease of interpretation and analysis. The Snapshots Thailand Clothing 2009 forms part of Snapdatas Clothing industry coverage.

DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NATIONAL REPORT with the various regional purchasing reports released across the country. The national report’s information reflects the entire United States, while the regional reports contain primarily regional data from their local vicinities. Also, the information in the regional reports is not used in calculating the results of the national report. The information compiled in this report is for the month of September 2009.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

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