Wednesday, May 30, 2007

WWD Article Today

Today's Women's Wear has a long article about the date change and mentions this blog! Hey Alan Sealove, your my new hero! And I quote: "This was an outrageous move by AmericasMart that shows disregard for the negotiation process that we usually hold." And also Steve Lang: "This is a capricious move. It's sheerly a power play." And Brad Hughes: "If there's only one sample line for our manufacturers, we will have it in Dallas - if a company decides not to give us a full collection in August so it can send part to Atlanta, it will not be with us in October." And Bud Konheim: "If [overlapping] is accidental, then it's stupidity. If it's purposeful, it's stupidity with an evil cast." Bud let me tell you it's an evil cast. Let your voice be heard. Keep up the pressure.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Email support coming in

The emails are starting to come in on the Atlanta date change...please post comments below.

A womenswear manufacturer says: Why can’t they go back to the same dates they have had for 20 years….august 23 -26….the move to august 10 puts them on top of Chicago and la….it is ridiculous…

***I agree!!!!!

Another one: I absoluyly agree with you, however, by refusing to identify yourself you areshowing that you are unwilling to stand behind your position.who are you and what market sector do you serve? I will not participate in an unidentified protest.

***Well I am a special occasion guy and did not identify myself because ATLANTA management has a practice of retaliation against those that do not support them. I need to do business in both markets to be successful so that's why this is so absurd.

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I believe this is a "lose - lose - lose" for manufactuters, reps and buyers. Many of our retail buyers shop both markets. Retailers want to visit their favorite showrooms in each market and having the shows the same weekend prevents this. Dallas and Atlanta markets will both suffer on account of this. Who cares about "who has to move to accomodate the other" - just do it for the good of the market.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, May 18, 2007  

This is a blog that means nothing, we are a bunch of anonymus people venting, yes I have contacted the "powers at be", who cares, we have no organization and no power, who is willing not to open on the new market days?? I can't afford to...who is willing to go elsewhere??? I can't afford too...so who are we kidding? They have us over a barrel, and they know it......until we have some kind of unification, nothing will ever happen....consequently, nothing will ever happen, I will make the most of it, what choice do I have??

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

The pressure to choose which market to attend with what samples to see which customers dilutes the total effort and is not good for anyone.

Pressure can bust the pipes or make diamonds.

This kind of pressure busts the pipes!

By Anonymous Lee Roski / Lee Roski Ltd. a sales organization with offices in Chicago & Dallas, at Thursday, May 24, 2007  

I posted an entry on this topic this morning and also mentioned this blog so you should be getting a lot more traffic.
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/mt/archives/marketing_misbehavior.html

Btw, welcome to the blogosphere! I've been blogging about apparel manufacturing for over two years (at Fashion-Incubator.com) so if you have any blogging related questions, feel free to contact me. I wish more manufacturers would blog; the more, the merrier.

By Anonymous Kathleen Fasanella, at Wednesday, May 30, 2007  

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

What's Atlanta Thinking?

If you have found this spot on the internet then you know the disaster that Atlanta has created by moving their August market dates to overlap Dallas.
I have been in the apparel business for 20 plus years and this is the worst maneuver I have seen. It makes no sense and will hurt everyone no matter what category of product.
They claim that it's a hotel issue but check it out as I have done and you will find plenty of hotel rooms available during their original dates. This is bad business and we can't stand for it. This is lose-lose for manufacturers, sales reps, and for retailers.Don't stand by and let this happen. This is a disaster that can be avoided. We shouldn't have to split our lines and our staff. We can band together and get Atlanta to change their August market back to August 12-15.
The power is with us to make this happen quickly rather than later. Please click on Post a Comment and add your voice to the manufacturers, reps and retailers who are not going to stand for this situation. And thanks for your help.

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Another manufacturer I know was told that they will take whatever show dates they think are best and aren't concerned with overlapping New York, Dallas or any other show.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, May 10, 2007  

I found out after asking around that the markets get together to set dates in advance. Why can't they keep their word? They are crazy if they think I will sit back and do nothing while my business suffers.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, May 10, 2007  

This date conflict exists for 2008 as well as 2007! This is a nightmare and we need to stick together

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, May 10, 2007  

Atlanta has set their January and August 2008 dates on top of Dallas so it does not just stop with August 2007. They need to understand that "this is not all about them"!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, May 11, 2007  

I went right to Hank and my Atlanta contact person the minute we found out that the dates were changed. Not only does this not make sense and interfere with Dallas for August but the change of dates for October that they made in January overlaps the show in NY. Their answer to me was this: We have moved our dates for Dallas for years. We are now the number 1 market out there let Dallas move. NOT SO ATLANTA....Dallas still has you beat by a mile. On top of that all there cherry picking to get buyers from out of territory will now most likely backfire, because when you have dates that coincide a store most likely will not travel out of territory.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, May 16, 2007  

WE HAVE 39 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS. YOUR FAILURE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF REALLY TELLS A READER THAT YOU ARE SELF-SERVING! IF YOU NEED TO COVER MULTIPLE MARKETS, YOU SHOULD HAVE
TOP-SHELF SHOWHELP TO COVER SITUATIONS OR CONSIDER HIRING A TOP-FLIGHT REP. THERE CERTAINLY ARE PLENTY OF GREAT REPS IN ATLANTA & DALLAS. SOUNDS TO ME THAT YOU WANT EVERYTHING TO BE YOUR WAY. YOU NEED TO BE ON WORLDWIDE DATE COMMITTEES TO SOLVE
YOUR PROBLEM. THAT WAY NOTHING WILL INTERFERE WITH YOUR SCHEDULE.
BY THE WAY, WHY DO COMMENTS HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY YOU!YOU SCREAM
FOR DEMOCRACY WHILE SCREENING BLOGS!!??

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, May 21, 2007  

this has gotten out of control.
business is tough enough, and now this.
shame on them.
dallas is trying to work with the stores and the vendors, it shows that atlanta doesn't.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, May 22, 2007  

Ya'll have got to be kidding. Having permanent showrooms in to Dallas, LA and Atlanta; Dallas is the biggest joke for a Market I've ever seen. The management is difficult at best and downright anti-business at worst. They require mountains of paperwork for retailers to "prove" they are retail and their attendance is 1/2 to 1/3 of Atlanta's. Our Sales numbers have been 10 to 1 for Atl vs. Dallas and 8 to 1 Atl vs. LA for they last 5 years running.

Atlanta is in no way perfect, but they are head and shoulders above any other Market in the US and probably the world. Being #1 should have it's previlages and all other markets should set dates around them....not the other way around.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, May 22, 2007  

Let's not lose sight about who is important and what dates are correct. If we all showed up and there were NO BUYERS, we would all be out of business if we only depended on show business. We met with Lawton Hall and he listened to our buyers comments on a survey we took in April 2007. It's not about manufactueres or reps, but what the BUYER needs to succeed in business.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, May 25, 2007  

What's the point???? It's a lose, lose situation.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, May 25, 2007  

ENOUGH ALREADY...CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG!!!! I'VE BEEN A VENDOR (BASED OUT OF NYC) IN WOMEN'S ACCESSORIES FOR THE PASS 20 YEARS. DALLAS IS MY BEST REGINAL MARKET.PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!SO THAT MEANS ALTANTA IS JUST GOING TO GET
LESS SAMPLES....WHILE DALLAS HAS A FULL LINE. SHAME ON YOU ATLANTA.
NOBODY LIKES A BULLY!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, May 30, 2007  

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