U.S. and Central American Companies Form Amerisource Alliance; Fast Track CBI Alliance Delivers Full Garment Packages

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Amerisource Alliance, Inc.

    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- To help U.S. apparel
 manufacturers and retailers take advantage of the Caribbean Basin Initiative
 (CBI), a new fast track CBI production alliance called Amerisource Alliance,
 Inc. has been formed that will deliver full garment packages to U.S.
 companies.  "The recent CBI legislation opened the door for a new, more
 competitive business format in the U.S.," said Dave Springett, president of
 the newly formed organization.  "The only component missing was one-stop
 access to all critical members of the supply chain."
     Recognizing this opportunity, a group of U.S. and Central American
 manufacturers met to design a streamlined, integrated supply chain alliance to
 compete with the best supply networks in the world.  The result was
 Amerisource, a newly formed company funded by participating alliance partners.
 "This creates an important new advantage for the industry," continued
 Springett.  "Now U.S. retailers and apparel manufacturers can access fast full
 package garment production -- from yarn through package delivery -- right here
 in the states.  Amerisource is structured to compete with the world's top
 global package providers."
     "The extremely complicated logistics involved in CBI production prevent
 many U.S. companies from taking advantage of the favorable provisions of the
 legislation," said Springett.  "For key core products, companies will realize
 greater speed to market, forecasting accuracy, and peace of mind knowing that
 Amerisource will coordinate all facets of the supply chain, including country-
 of-origin documentation and production."
     Amerisource represents the strategic alliance of the following U.S.
 textile and trim manufacturers: Malden Mills (MMF fleece), Fabrictex (MMF
 knit), Unifi (textured polyester and nylon yarn), Minnesota Knitting (knit
 trim), Global Trim (labels), Asheboro Elastic (elastic), Freudenberg
 (interlining), and Lion Button (buttons).  To produce the full garment
 packages, Amerisource has included with the following apparel manufacturers in
 the alliance: The Fresco Group (El Salvador) and Grupo Beta (Honduras).
 Combined, the CBI partners contribute nine sewing facilities with over
 5,000 sewing operators.  In addition, these CBI operations can provide
 cutting, embroidery and packaging capabilities.
     "The power of the concept lies in the power of the alliance partners,"
 Springett added.  "The breadth of American-based alliance partners means
 Amerisource can offer product innovation and turnkey apparel solutions across
 a wide variety of end-use categories."  Natural, synthetic and Lycra blended
 knit packages include T-shirts, placket shirts, athletic uniforms, activewear
 and intimate apparel.  Natural and synthetic woven packages include men's and
 women's dress pants, shirts, casual bottoms, technical bottoms, uniforms and
 outerwear.
     Products from alliance partners will receive priority in the development
 of package specifications, although customer requests for a product from a
 non-alliance company will be accommodated.  "We will tie together the systems
 of all of our alliance partners, which will enhance our speed to market
 advantage," said Springett.  "Lead times will be considerably shorter for
 customers when they utilize the products offered by our alliance partners."
     The idea for a fast track CBI production alliance came to Springett after
 the CBI legislation was passed.  Having worked and been a customer of a
 variety of Asian trading companies during his 18-year apparel and textile
 career, Springett saw the opportunity to bring the concept to the U.S.  The
 idea was tested on several textile companies, and together they made the
 decision to form Amerisource.
     The alliance gained significant momentum with the addition of Unifi, Inc.,
 the world's largest producer and processor of textured yarns based in
 Greensboro, N.C.  Unifi's involvement provided Amerisource with the
 credibility and critical mass necessary to sign on additional alliance
 partners.  "Amerisource is a great example of how the U.S. supply chain can
 work together to create a competitive advantage," said Stewart Little, senior
 vice president of sales for Unifi.  "Not only will it take full advantage of
 the CBI legislation, but these types of initiatives can go a long way in
 stabilizing the U.S. textile industry.  We applaud and support any
 organization that will help create a competitive advantage for US textile and
 apparel producers."
     The ability to better manage inventories and margins for full garment
 packages will make Amerisource an attractive alternative to Asian packages.
 "With significantly reduced leadtimes, especially on key core products,
 customers can forecast with greater accuracy, thus reducing the amount of
 markdowns that hurt margins and erode brand image," said Springett.
     The strength of the alliance partners involved in Amerisource will also
 help drive end-use innovation, enabling U.S. customers to move beyond the
 highly competitive commodity basics.  "Amerisource will serve as a collection
 point for all of the innovative new products being offered by our alliance
 partners, and present them to customers in a way that effectively brings them
 to market as full garment packages," said Springett.  "Can the alliance
 compete with Asia on commodity products? Absolutely, but the real profit
 advantage for our customers will be in producing critical production items in
 this hemisphere."
     Amerisource Alliance, Inc. is located in High Point, North Carolina.
 Incorporated since October 2000, the company became fully operational in
 March 2001, and is actively seeking new customers and alliance partners
 throughout the Americas.
 
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SOURCE Amerisource Alliance, Inc.
    HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- To help U.S. apparel
 manufacturers and retailers take advantage of the Caribbean Basin Initiative
 (CBI), a new fast track CBI production alliance called Amerisource Alliance,
 Inc. has been formed that will deliver full garment packages to U.S.
 companies.  "The recent CBI legislation opened the door for a new, more
 competitive business format in the U.S.," said Dave Springett, president of
 the newly formed organization.  "The only component missing was one-stop
 access to all critical members of the supply chain."
     Recognizing this opportunity, a group of U.S. and Central American
 manufacturers met to design a streamlined, integrated supply chain alliance to
 compete with the best supply networks in the world.  The result was
 Amerisource, a newly formed company funded by participating alliance partners.
 "This creates an important new advantage for the industry," continued
 Springett.  "Now U.S. retailers and apparel manufacturers can access fast full
 package garment production -- from yarn through package delivery -- right here
 in the states.  Amerisource is structured to compete with the world's top
 global package providers."
     "The extremely complicated logistics involved in CBI production prevent
 many U.S. companies from taking advantage of the favorable provisions of the
 legislation," said Springett.  "For key core products, companies will realize
 greater speed to market, forecasting accuracy, and peace of mind knowing that
 Amerisource will coordinate all facets of the supply chain, including country-
 of-origin documentation and production."
     Amerisource represents the strategic alliance of the following U.S.
 textile and trim manufacturers: Malden Mills (MMF fleece), Fabrictex (MMF
 knit), Unifi (textured polyester and nylon yarn), Minnesota Knitting (knit
 trim), Global Trim (labels), Asheboro Elastic (elastic), Freudenberg
 (interlining), and Lion Button (buttons).  To produce the full garment
 packages, Amerisource has included with the following apparel manufacturers in
 the alliance: The Fresco Group (El Salvador) and Grupo Beta (Honduras).
 Combined, the CBI partners contribute nine sewing facilities with over
 5,000 sewing operators.  In addition, these CBI operations can provide
 cutting, embroidery and packaging capabilities.
     "The power of the concept lies in the power of the alliance partners,"
 Springett added.  "The breadth of American-based alliance partners means
 Amerisource can offer product innovation and turnkey apparel solutions across
 a wide variety of end-use categories."  Natural, synthetic and Lycra blended
 knit packages include T-shirts, placket shirts, athletic uniforms, activewear
 and intimate apparel.  Natural and synthetic woven packages include men's and
 women's dress pants, shirts, casual bottoms, technical bottoms, uniforms and
 outerwear.
     Products from alliance partners will receive priority in the development
 of package specifications, although customer requests for a product from a
 non-alliance company will be accommodated.  "We will tie together the systems
 of all of our alliance partners, which will enhance our speed to market
 advantage," said Springett.  "Lead times will be considerably shorter for
 customers when they utilize the products offered by our alliance partners."
     The idea for a fast track CBI production alliance came to Springett after
 the CBI legislation was passed.  Having worked and been a customer of a
 variety of Asian trading companies during his 18-year apparel and textile
 career, Springett saw the opportunity to bring the concept to the U.S.  The
 idea was tested on several textile companies, and together they made the
 decision to form Amerisource.
     The alliance gained significant momentum with the addition of Unifi, Inc.,
 the world's largest producer and processor of textured yarns based in
 Greensboro, N.C.  Unifi's involvement provided Amerisource with the
 credibility and critical mass necessary to sign on additional alliance
 partners.  "Amerisource is a great example of how the U.S. supply chain can
 work together to create a competitive advantage," said Stewart Little, senior
 vice president of sales for Unifi.  "Not only will it take full advantage of
 the CBI legislation, but these types of initiatives can go a long way in
 stabilizing the U.S. textile industry.  We applaud and support any
 organization that will help create a competitive advantage for US textile and
 apparel producers."
     The ability to better manage inventories and margins for full garment
 packages will make Amerisource an attractive alternative to Asian packages.
 "With significantly reduced leadtimes, especially on key core products,
 customers can forecast with greater accuracy, thus reducing the amount of
 markdowns that hurt margins and erode brand image," said Springett.
     The strength of the alliance partners involved in Amerisource will also
 help drive end-use innovation, enabling U.S. customers to move beyond the
 highly competitive commodity basics.  "Amerisource will serve as a collection
 point for all of the innovative new products being offered by our alliance
 partners, and present them to customers in a way that effectively brings them
 to market as full garment packages," said Springett.  "Can the alliance
 compete with Asia on commodity products? Absolutely, but the real profit
 advantage for our customers will be in producing critical production items in
 this hemisphere."
     Amerisource Alliance, Inc. is located in High Point, North Carolina.
 Incorporated since October 2000, the company became fully operational in
 March 2001, and is actively seeking new customers and alliance partners
 throughout the Americas.
 
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