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President’s Foreword | Ed Gribbin

Carolyn Son
Feb 03, 2017

When each of the last six years began and we recovered, albeit slowly, from the worst recessions in over seventy years, we still had a pretty good idea of what to expect. We were able to accurately predict stagnant household incomes, gradually improving employment percentages, rising wages in China, and low, single digit growth for […]

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5 supply chain management tips

Mary Wang
Nov 16, 2016

Let’s imagine you’re the chief executive of XYZ plc, a company that makes trainers. The global market for trainers has grown by more than 40 per cent since 2004 to around $55 billion a year and so there’s plenty of scope here. However, XYZ will have to rethink every link in its supply chain. “The […]

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Alvanon’s Ed Gribbin to address at SPESA forum

Mary Wang
Oct 27, 2016

Alvanon, a global apparel business and product development consultancy, has announced that the company’ president and fashion business authority, Ed Gribbin, will address attendees at the SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference 2016 and act as moderator at the SPESA Executive Conference, to be held from November 3 to 5, 2016, in US. Continue with […]

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Managing change in the move to new technology tools

Mary Wang
Oct 25, 2016

With the road to implementing new technology often a daunting prospect – be it 3D design and virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software – some of the tips for managing the process include clear communication, honest expectations, and good old-fashioned patience. Click here to read the full article.

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A Fitting Project: With a focus on incorporating technology into the design process, one YPOer has disrupted the apparel industry

Mary Wang

Inside the Palais Garnier, the home of the Paris Opera Ballet, is a labyrinth of workshops devoted to the creation of the troupe’s costumes. When Janice Wang (YPO Pearl River Delta), CEO of Alvanon, a global apparel business consultancy, toured the 19th-century theater in 2014, she appreciated the craftsmanship, technical skill and professional passion of […]

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Fashion fit for the future – five strategies for speed

Mary Wang

The apparel industry has to get faster if it is to remain competitive – and relevant ­– in a rapidly changing environment, according to Ed Gribbin, president at size and fit specialist Alvanon. Speaking at last week’s ‘Fashion Fit For The Future’ event, he set out some strategies and tactics for speed. For a detailed list of the […]

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Consumer experience is becoming the new currency

Mary Wang
Sep 26, 2016

Alvanon was founded in 2001 when it developed a unique data-driven approach to solve sizing and fitting challenges in the apparel industry. The company has evolved into a global consulting firm, advising leading apparel retailers on how to align internal teams, processes and supply chains and more intimately engage their existing and target customers. Simon […]

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Why Patagonia Enlisted Alvanon for its Denim Relaunch

Mary Wang
Sep 22, 2016

It’s been little more than a year since Patagonia relaunched its denim collection, a journey that witnessed the brand rework the entire production process of its jeans in an effort to minimize the environmental effect of its supply chain. As part of the relaunch, Patagonia enlisted Alvanon to review statistical data and customer feedback to […]

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Why the fight for plus-size mannequins matters

Mary Wang

It hasn’t been easy for fashion student Nayyara Chue to design clothes for women like herself. Chue, a 22-year-old senior at Parsons School of Design, petitioned the dean of her school to use more plus-size mannequins. The petition, created last spring, garnered more than 8,000 signatures. Read the full story on  CNN Money     […]

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Most of the Apparel Industry is Missing Out on a $20 Billion Opportunity

Carolyn Son
Sep 09, 2016

Apparel brands and retailers blaming all their woes on the so-called race to the bottom and consumers’ penny-pinching ways should stop and ask themselves if they’re truly catering to the public. After all, how can shoppers be at fault for not wanting to buy clothes that don’t fit? Don Howard, executive director at fit expert […]

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