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Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Changes in consumer spending power and healthy habits are the primary drivers for the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry. The recession had a powerful effect on most consumer-facing industries. With the unemployment rate climbing, per capita disposable incomes waned, causing shoppers to tighten their purse strings and reduce demand for discretionary products, such as apparel. Additionally, shoppers turned to lower-priced retail outlets, such as mass merchandisers and internet-only retailers, for their clothing needs. Still, the increasing obesity rate in the United States has supported industry revenue growth during the past five years. Consequently, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow at an annualized rate in the five years to 2014.

Industry profitability fell to a recessionary low in 2009 and 2010 and remained constrained immediately following the recession. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst David Yang, “The weak profit margin is partly the result of consumers’ lower-priced clothing choices during the recession, in addition to the rising cost of inputs.” Floods in key cotton-supplying countries caused the commodity’s price to skyrocket in 2010 and 2011, which raised the price of clothing. While retailers passed on a portion of the increase to consumers, they had to absorb the rest of it, diminishing profit margins. Since then, profit margins have improved as cotton prices declined and volatility moderated.

The industry is forecast to perform more strongly over the five years to 2019, as factors like per capita disposable income continue to grow. Moreover, with a rising focus on plus-size fashion, product choices are likely to expand and benefit specialty retailers. “Indeed, industry operators will likely benefit from greater designer collaboration and greater availability of premium products,” says Yang. As a result, despite potential competition from alternative retailers, the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry is forecast to grow at an average annual rate in the five years to 2019. Profit is also anticipated to rise as more high-end labels begin to offer plus-size styles.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Retailers in this industry specialize in plus-size women’s clothing, which is clothing proportioned specifically for larger women. Typically, sizes 14 and up are considered to be in the plus-size category, but not all brands and retailers follow this convention.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

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Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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FDAnews Announces Sample Size Considerations for Verification and Validation: Tools to Safely Speed Your Device to Market Webinar, April 29, 2014


Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

Sample Size Considerations for Verification and Validation:

Tools to Safely Speed Your Device to Market

**FDAnews Webinar**

April 29, 2014 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

http://www.fdanews.com/SampleSizeConsiderations

Today’s FDA inspectors focus like lasers on testing methods … how they are justified statistically and the results.

They want to make sure manufacturers are applying the right statistical tools and methods, and that they are using them correctly, in a proper way.

Device manufacturers understand that they must answer the two key design verification and validation questions: did they make the product right and did they make the right product?

And manufacturers know that testing is the only way to effectively answer them.

Finally, the test samples must demonstrate that the results can be reasonably applied to larger production runs and maintain safety.

But how many units should be tested? And when manufacturers decide, can they statistically justify that decision?

These questions have baffled devicemakers for years. The answers are … well, it depends.

And that’s why, on April 29, design control statistical expert Steve Walfish will lead an FDAnews webinar to help devicemakers understand exactly what it does depend on. During his presentation, attendees will learn:


    The requirements for statistical techniques and how they impact design controls processes (21 CFR 820.30(f)(g))

    What types of requirements lend themselves to statistics in verification and validation (hypothesis testing, confidence interval, design of experiments)

    How variance in the population can impact the sample size necessary to establish objective evidence

    The relationship between risk and sample size (i.e., risk to patient — critical major, minor)

Attendees will also gain the fundamental knowledge needed to determine sample size in statistical testing. (For example, a sample size of 3 is not sufficient without justification.)

In addition, Mr. Walfish will cover the following:

    Why it is critical to understand the different compliance requirements for design verification and design validation — and how to understand those differences

    Leveraging statistical methods that work best to satisfy the FDA’s requirements for defensible methods

    How to use proven methodologies to avoid too small — or too large — sample sizes.
(Too small and it might not be accurately determining risk; too large and devicemakers could be unnecessarily wasting time and money.)

    How sample size should optimally be proportional to risk (business and patient)

    Why it’s pointless to try and predict the personal focus of different auditors — and why the real foundation for a successful audit is being able to produce a defensible program based on visible standards

So, clear the calendar for April 29, 2014. Attendees will learn proven tactics and tools to develop a strong statistical methods program — and a thorough understanding of what FDA auditors look for when they come for an inspection.

Meet the Presenter:

Steven Walfish is the president of Statistical Outsourcing Services, a consulting company that provides statistical analysis and training to a variety of industries. Prior to starting Statistical Outsourcing Services, he was the Senior Manager Biostatistics, Non-clinical, at Human Genome Sciences in Rockville, MD. Prior to joining HGS, he was a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in the pharmaceutical industry.

Who Will Benefit:

    Validation and verification professionals
    Quality engineering
    Regulatory Affairs
    QA/QC
    Software development, programming, documentation, testing
    R&D
    Engineering
    Production
    Operations    

Conference Details:

Sample Size Considerations for Verification and Validation:

Tools to Safely Speed Your Device to Market

**FDAnews Webinar**

April 29, 2014 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

http://www.fdanews.com/SampleSizeConsiderations

Tuition:

$ 547 per site — includes webinar registration and audio cds and transcripts

Easy Ways to Register:

Online:     http://www.fdanews.com/SampleSizeConsiderations

By phone: 888-838-5578 or 703-538-7600

About FDAnews:

FDAnews is the premier provider of domestic and international regulatory, legislative, and business news and information for executives in industries regulated by the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency. Pharmaceutical and medical device professionals rely on FDAnews’ print and electronic newsletters, books and conferences to stay in compliance with international standards and the FDA’s complex and ever-changing regulations.







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Personal Shopping Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

Over the past five years, consumers have been searching for higher quality and more personalized customer care, which increasing disposable income has allowed them to pay for it. Consumers overwhelmed by an abundance of clothing choices, or too busy to shop for themselves, have sought to outsource their shopping to professionals who specialize in style consultations, wardrobe edits and a variety of other specialty shopping services. Economic recovery has brought with it a decreasing unemployment rate and increased consumer spending, giving the Personal Shopping Services industry a 4.1% boost to $ 761.7 million over the five years to 2014.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sarah Kahn, “Personal shoppers face fierce competition for their discretionary, often luxury, services.” Due to the personalized and time consuming nature of the services, the lack of universally recognized credentials and the minimal start-up costs, the industry has become crowded and fragmented. Over the past five years, employment has increased at an average annual rate of 4.0%. Additionally, department stores competing for customer satisfaction and loyalty have been contending with personal shoppers, providing their own stylists that offer many of the same services for free. Facing this competition, revenue is expected to increase at a slightly lower 3.9% rate in 2014.

A new form of competition is being perfected in the form of online services and mobile apps. “Personal shoppers are expected to struggle to compete with webpages that use algorithms and predictive analytics, extracting information from consumers’ personal spending habits to determine patterns and predict future trends,” says Kahn. As the percentage of services conducted online increases and shifts to mobile devices, new apps are expected to emerge, providing networks of stylists available through in-app messaging systems.

Setting themselves apart from department store stylists, e-commerce webpages and mobile apps, personal shoppers are expected to expand their clientele by offering lower-cost services to lower-income consumers or specialize in a more niche market. Over the next five years, revenue is expected to continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, as post-financial-crisis consumers consider lower-cost alternatives to satisfy their personal shopping needs.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Personal Shopping Services in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the Personal Shopping Services in the US industry provide personal shopping services. Personal shoppers assist individuals by purchasing items on their behalf, suggesting items to purchase and providing style assistance. Personal shoppers employed by department stores (IBISWorld report 45211) and e-commerce sites (report 45411a) are not included in this industry. Personal shoppers serving corporations only are also not included in this industry.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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