The Retail Holiday Season
No sooner did the Halloween costumes get thrown into the back of closets everywhere, and consumers were greeted with twinkling Main Street decorations, songs of the holiday season,
Apparel Recycling Efforts
Right before the inevitable excesses that are a hallmark of the winter holidays comes America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. On Nov. 15, events will
What's Hot in Retail
When you go to Fashion Week, the talk is all about what's trending in colors, cuts, hemlines, and finishes. When you go to retail seminars, it's about data. And how artificial intelligence
The Online Shopping Journey
Apparel shopping was once engaged in regularly as something social or to pass time on the weekends. Now it can be done during meetings, in class, while waiting for Starbucks...literally
Monthly Economic Letter October 2017
After falling in the days surrounding the release of last month’s USDA report, NY futures and the A Index were mostly stable through the second half of September and into early October.
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The Retail Holiday Season

No sooner did the Halloween costumes get thrown into the back of closets everywhere, and consumers were greeted with twinkling Main Street decorations, songs of the holiday season, and emails and web ads pushing hot holiday gifts. A lot of consumers say pre-Thanksgiving is too soon to think about Christmas. But retailers know most shoppers are ready to start spending come November. And this year should see healthy holiday spending, with online outstripping in-store purchases for the first time ever.

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Apparel Recycling Efforts

Right before the inevitable excesses that are a hallmark of the winter holidays comes America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. On Nov. 15, events will be held throughout U.S. schools, workplaces, and communities to raise awareness about recycling, as well as collect millions of pounds of materials that would otherwise clog the country’s landfills. While many might immediately think about glass, plastic and paper refuse, there are programs in place to help those who want to recycle apparel, too.

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What’s Hot in Retail

When you go to Fashion Week, the talk is all about what’s trending in colors, cuts, hemlines, and finishes. When you go to retail seminars, it’s about data. And how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and even augmented reality (AR) is moving the needle in transforming the customer experience and the future of the commerce. While these tech-oriented terms might not have the headline appeal of Philipp Plein’s cabaret runway show, they are defining the future of retail.

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The Online Shopping Journey

Apparel shopping was once engaged in regularly as something social or to pass time on the weekends. Now it can be done during meetings, in class, while waiting for Starbucks…literally around the clock thanks to mobile apps or online sites. While that sounds great for retailers, it’s also created customers that are more educated and, like someone who robotically swipes left in their search for the perfect date, pickier than ever. That means online purveyors have to offer more personalized product to attract and retain these shoppers.

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Monthly Economic Letter
October 2017

After falling in the days surrounding the release of last month’s USDA report, NY futures and the A Index were mostly stable through the second half of September and into early October. The CC Index and Pakistani prices were stable over the past month. Indian prices declined.

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