Wanting the Experience
It's not news that retailers are having a tough time right now. Shoppers are not only spending money online when they used to buy in-store, but they're spending on things other than
Looking to Expand
It comes as no surprise to those in the garment business that the U.S. retail market is going through a change. Consumers are spending less on products and more on "experiences," preferring
The Buzz Behind Activewear
When deciding the perfect outfit to insta snap for her next yoga class, the wearer might be more concerned with its cute factor than its performance abilities. But activewear makers
Getting It Right
It's no secret that buying apparel online isn't easy, for either the consumer or the retailer. Consumers have to wonder about fit, comfort, and how the fabric actually feels. Retailers
Monthly Economic Letter May 2017
After some upward movement in April, most benchmark prices turned lower in early May.
Data and analyses of consumer attitudes, preferences and shopping habits.

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Data and analyses of the cotton textile retail sector,including fiber share by category.

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Data and analyses of trends in the cotton textile supply chain, including commodity economics.

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Wanting the Experience

It’s not news that retailers are having a tough time right now. Shoppers are not only spending money online when they used to buy in-store, but they’re spending on things other than old favorites like clothes. As apparel retailers and brands are dealing with this seismic shift, they’re also trying to figure out how to grab the all-important Millennial shopper, even if herding cats might seem an easier endeavor.

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Looking to Expand

It comes as no surprise to those in the garment business that the U.S. retail market is going through a change. Consumers are spending less on products and more on “experiences,” preferring vacations over wardrobes, to the point some malls are being recreated as community colleges or indoor parks. So it should come as no surprise that brands are looking to developing markets like China and India to take advantage of the growth potential in those areas of the globe. After all, the possibilities are enormous.

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The Buzz Behind Activewear

When deciding the perfect outfit to insta snap for her next yoga class, the wearer might be more concerned with its cute factor than its performance abilities. But activewear makers can help breed loyalty when they include technologies that help consumers meet their fitness goals, even if these features are a secondary purchase driver.

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Getting It Right

It’s no secret that buying apparel online isn’t easy, for either the consumer or the retailer. Consumers have to wonder about fit, comfort, and how the fabric actually feels. Retailers have to deal with returns when shoppers realize something that looked great on the site doesn’t translate as well to their not-quite-model bods.

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Monthly Economic Letter
May 2017

After some upward movement in April, most benchmark prices turned lower in early May.

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