Ribbed sweater, navy mini skirt, and leather leg/boot covers.

Annick Gouin, TMD major 

University of Rhode Island  
Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

TMD 402J - Current Issues in Retailing - About Retailing

TMD 402J students suggest the following web sites to keep abreast of trends and innovations in fashion retailing.

Start with the Fairchild trade papers—Women’s Wear Daily and Daily News Record —that focus on women’s wear and men’s wear markets. These are the “bibles” to the rag trade. DSN Retailing Today is an online publication similar to Women’s Wear Daily. For all three sites, readers may view a few articles for free, but must subscribe for full access.

Several leading daily newspapers cover the fashion industry and provide excellent coverage of new developments. The New York Times consistently publishes fashion and textile news stories that occasionally including slide shows and video clips. The business section of the Washington Post has a link to current stories about retail.

Style.com produced by Vogue and W magazines and Just-style.com should be on the “favorites” list of anyone interested in fashion.  They contain news on designers, celebrities, fashion trends, and collection reviews. Not as well known, but worth a visit is Fashion Planet which covers industry news from around the globe. Trendzine gives couture, retail and street news as well as fashion and color predictions. Full access requires a subscription.

Fashion retailers will find financial news about retailing at the Clothing Retail Directory  The National Retail Federation lists 100 top stores. Going global? International apparel retail apparel summaries are available from the global Intelligence Program at Retail Forward - a consulting firm.

Oversupply of product can be a boon to off-price retailers; visit Markdown Management for the latest offers. Excess inventory is liquidated on line at Overstock.com/ under four categories: apparel, home décor, jewelry and electronics.

E-tailing is in the news. LuuLuu offers a solution for fashion retailers who find their customers reluctant to buy clothes on-line without trying them on. This company supplies apparel companies with virtual dressing rooms and virtual closets to help consumers visualize their potential purchases. Lands' End was one of the first apparel e-tailers to utilize virtual models. Their site offers customers the opportunity to dress virtual versions of themselves in Land’s End merchandise.

Visual Store  is a complete retail design and visual merchandising resource center. Effective store display is possible with the help of fixtures from a Tennessee-based company Smart Furniture.Shop.org is a site for retailing professionals, offering insight on multi-channel retailing. Retailing from an economic perspective includes a section on retailing from the economists’ view. www1.economictimes.com/articleshow/076010.cms 

Compare your favorite store to top fashion superstores listed on Ranks.com.Shop.




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