Perry's Department Store: An Importing Simulation emphasizes the importance of conducting business in today's global arena. Learn about the dynamics of the international marketplace by assuming the role of a retail buyer importing jeans into the United States. The import process is divided into eight steps: profiling suitable countries for export, developing sourcing strategies, recognizing differences in working across cultures, understanding the policies and laws governing importing, classifying imported product, financing the import purchase, determining shipping procedures for imports, and completing the entry process. A CD-ROM is included and provides resources and worksheets the simulation.
Photographs, illustrations and tables emphasize the growth of off-shore production
Sidebars expand upon concepts discussed in the book
A full chapter covers careers in importing both within and outside the fashion industry
Appendices include online resources, service ports and area ports, U.S. customs officers in foreign countries, and U.S. customs management centers
Introduction: Perry's Background Information
Step One: Country Profile: Textile and Apparel in the Global Marketplace
Step Two: Country Analysis: The Sourcing Decision: Strategies Used for Importing
Step Three: Business Protocol: Working Across Cultures
Step Four: Importing Trade Agreements and Laws: Policies, Laws, and Trade Agreements Governing the Importation of Textiles and Apparel
Step Five: Classifying the Import Product: Resources Available for Importers
Step Six: The Cost Sheet: Financing Your Import
Step Seven: The Logistics of Importing: Transporting the Import Purchase
Step Eight: The Entry Process: Importing Processes and Procedures for Textiles and Apparel
Career Opportunities in Importing
Instructors and Students:
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Donna W. Reamy
, MS, is Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Costume Society of America (CSA).
Cynthia W. Steele
, MEd, is Creative Director for C & F Enterprises/ Gallerie II, where she is responsible for trend and design direction for the company. Formerly an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fashion at Virginia Commonwealth University, she has taught courses in apparel industry, retail buying, merchandising, trends and fashion promotion. Her professional background includes product development in textiles, seasonal trim, gift, decorative accessories and home decor, over ten years in sales management in the gift and decorative accessories industry and over 15 years in retail buying and management for department and specialty stores.