Our monthly newsletter, NewsBytes, summarizes and analyzes key developments and trends in the apparel and footwear industry, including the latest news about online product customization and personalization technology. Our goal: help you stay informed, save time, and sell more!

September 2020 highlights

Video: See how Embodee is about to help the industry Our new Orchids™ web platform, launching later this year, will accelerate product development, make collaboration easy, and enable faster sales.

Expected holiday e-commerce surge poses a challenge — With 66% of consumers forecast to shop online later this year, will fulfillment and transportation services keep up and deliver orders on time?

Amazon’s foray into luxury fashion sales coming this month  Keen on gaining a foothold in high-end apparel and footwear,  the company will unveil a new virtual store platform for partners.

Learn the variables behind best performances among retailers No retailer has escaped economic pain from the coronavirus. How much pain, though, depends on many variables. 

Where fashion brands, individuals sell in support of circularity Depop has emerged as the leading marketplace where luxury brands sell their creations online alongside random thrift store finds. 

Tapestry’s digital push helps add one million customers — The owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman racked up triple-digit growth in online sales in North America in the most recent quarter.


August 2020 highlights

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Traditional luxury brands finally upping their digital game — COVID-19 has pushed some high-end brands to focus more on e-commerce sales, and they’ve seen online revenue grow.

Online portal launching to help U.S. fashion designers — The Council of Fashion Designers of America has developed an online portal that will help designers manage, publicize, and sell their collections.

Scientists trying to grow colorful cotton to eliminate toxic dyes — If Australian scientists are successful, toxic dyes won’t be needed to color cotton fabric, eliminating a major source of pollution.

Apparel retailers turn to curbside pickup to increase sales — Battling to regain business during the pandemic, retailers increasingly are luring shoppers with curbside pickup for online orders.

How recovering China is faring as other countries struggle — A Q&A with the head of the China National Garment Association offers a broad assessment of a country pivotal to the global industry’s health.

Technology challenge: 3D fashion and lack of interoperability — Writing for a leading online industry magazine, Embodee has examined this key issue as digitization expands.

July 2020 highlights

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Lululemon’s bold strategy: $500 million purchase in tough times — The company is buying home workout startup Mirror. Despite the hefty price, analysts told Barron’s they like the move.

Intriguing ways the industry is capitalizing on its digital makeover — A deep look at diverse examples of accelerating changes born out of necessity and technological innovation.

Apparel, footwear sales rebound in May but uncertainty remains — Sales increased 43.5% over April’s dismal numbers. But the resurgence of COLVID-19 in late June signals problems ahead.

Bright outlook: e-commerce purchases of secondhand clothes — With sales surging, the market for previously owned apparel is predicted to reach $28 billion in 2020 and climb to $64 billion in five years.

Iconic figure’s new website takes the ho-hum out of e-commerce — Maybe it takes an audacious, idiosyncratic entertainer-entrepreneur-fashion designer to show a radically different way to sell online.

See how Embodee’s new platform integrates with other solutions — A video featured at a virtual industry event shows how the Orchids™ platform’s workflow integrates with PTC FlexPLM.