Alvanon
BY The Robin Report

Alvanon equips apparel retailers, brands, designers and manufacturers with world-class growth, customer engagement, product development and supply chain strategies. Its team of apparel business and product development experts have worked with the world’s largest and most successful apparel organizations and amassed an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and expertize on people, processes and supply chain alignment; best practice product development; and customer engagement and retention. Its unique domain expertize enables it to deliver practical ‘real world’ solutions, recommendations, advice and the technical tools to help each client company achieve their growth objectives and business goals.

Alvanon was founded in 2001 by the late Dr. Kenneth Wang. As a medical practitioner, he applied his knowledge of human anatomy to develop the world’s first technical ‘fit’ mannequin to be based on 3D shape data of real consumers. Dr. Wang’s innovative, data-driven solution revolutionized the way commercial apparel is sized and fitted. With over 65,000 of its technical fit forms installed in the global apparel industry’s top brands and retailers, it is the largest supplier of fit tools in the world.

Cotton Incorporated
BY The Robin Report

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.

Company History

In 1960, cotton apparel and home fabrics accounted for about 78% of all textile products sold at retail. By 1975, that share had plummeted to an all-time low of 34%, due to the successful incursion of synthetic fibers in the marketplace, threatening the extinction of cotton as a viable commercial commodity.

Reacting to the serious erosion in cotton’s consumer market share, producers in the High Plains of Texas called for a collective national marketing and research effort. With support from regional producer organizations, the cotton growers were successful in petitioning Congress into passing the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966. The act established a funding mechanism, which ultimately led to the creation of Cotton Incorporated in 1970.

From the beginning, Cotton Incorporated adopted a “push/pull” marketing strategy. The objective was to “push” cotton textile innovations into the market through product and process development, while building consumer demand, or a “pull,” through advertising and promotion.

By 1983, Cotton Incorporated succeeded in curtailing share decline, and a long steady period of increasing consumer popularity and share growth resulted. Today, cotton can be found on store shelves everywhere in most product categories, and cotton share is more than 60% of the marketplace.

The NPD Group
BY The Robin Report

The NPD Group provides market information and analytic solutions that drive better decision-making and better results. The world’s leading brands rely on us to help them get the right products in the right places for the right people. Practice areas include apparel, appliances, automotive, beauty, consumer electronics, diamonds, e-commerce, entertainment, fashion accessories, food consumption, foodservice, footwear, home, mobile, office supplies, retail, sports, technology, toys, video games, and watches / jewelry.

With Checkout Tracking(SM) the first service that provides detailed information on consumer buying behavior at the market basket level, based on receipts for both online and brick-and-mortar retail purchases from the same consumers over time. Checkout Tracking delivers precise category, brand, and item-level purchase detail linked to buyers and their demographics, useful for analyzing competitive market baskets and identifying purchase patterns.

For more information, visit npd.com and npdgroupblog.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup.

SAP
BY The Robin Report

SAP is the leading provider of application solutions for the retail industry. Real-time retail has been reimagined with the SAP HANA(r) platform. Innovation is the core of the next-generation applications from SAP. Every function is integrated, cloud first, and on a common platform to drive insights across channels based on a unified, comprehensive view of customers and inventory. SAP HANA delivers the consistent, personalized shopping experience customers demand and improves operational efficiency and margins. SAP helps retailers of all sizes to understand, anticipate and inspire their shoppers by providing a compelling shopping experience. The SAP(r) for Retail solution portfolio also provides specific solutions for retail companies in the food, fashion and hardlines businesses. Learn more about SAP at www.sap.com/retail.

Goldman Sachs
BY The Robin Report

Our Consumer Retail and Healthcare group serves clients across a wide range of consumer and retail industries, including apparel, drug stores, education, e-commerce, branded and processed foods, beverages, home and personal care products, restaurants, specialty and hardline retailers, department stores and supermarkets as well as healthcare industries including biotechnology, healthcare services, healthcare information technology, life sciences, diagnostics, medical technology and pharmaceuticals.
With offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the Consumer Retail and Healthcare group draws on resources throughout Goldman Sachs, providing advice and services related to a wide range of transaction types, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financing, risk management, restructuring, corporate defense against hostile takeovers and other unsolicited approaches.
We work with clients of all sizes, include corporations, families and founders, financial sponsors, government organizations and nonprofit groups.

ShopTalk
BY The Robin Report

Shoptalk covers the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy—from new technologies and business models to the latest trends in consumer behaviors, preferences and expectations.

Established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, media, analysts and others come together at Shoptalk to learn, collaborate and evolve. Everyone benefits from rich interactions over four days packed with incredible content, wide-ranging exhibitors and productive networking.

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