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dc.contributor.authorHa-Brookshire, Jung
dc.contributor.authorDyer, Barbara
dc.coverage.spatialUnited States
dc.date.issued2009
dc.descriptionThis is the post-print version of the article found in the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=jfmm). DOI 10.1108/13612020910957699en_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this paper is to confirm empirically the existence of a US apparel import intermediary (AII) identity crisis, and to provide a detailed descriptive profile of AIIs, differentiating them from apparel firms not primarily engaged in importing activities. Design/methodology/approach: A survey study was conducted using a national sample of US AIIs. Based on these firms' executives' responses, a firm identity issue was analyzed and a detailed profile of these firms' business characteristics was developed, using frequency comparisons. Findings: The study confirmed that US AIIs are currently experiencing an identity crisis, as nearly half of the study respondents misclassified themselves as apparel manufacturers or other business types, suggesting a significant distortion in US Economic Census data. The study also provided a descriptive profile of US AIIs, including geographic location and other business operation characteristics. Research limitations/implications: Three fourths of the survey respondents were located in the state of New York. Whether most US AIIs truly reside in New York cannot be known with certainty. Generalization of the study findings to a greater population should be cautious. Practical implications: Confirmation of an AII identity crisis suggests both aggregate and individual firm-level impacts on import activities. The study offers a new term, "intermediary", to replace the US Census Bureau term "wholesaler" to accurately reflect the industry's transformation. Originality/value: The study provides the first empirical support for a US AII identity crisis. The detailed profile of US AIIs offers industry data not available prior to this study.en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, 2009 pp. 161-178.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1361-2026
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/9067
dc.publisherJournal of Fashion Marketing and Managementen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTextile and Apparel Management publications (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Human Environmental Sciences. Department of Textile and Apparel Management
dc.subjectgarment industryen_US
dc.subjecteconomic globalizationen_US
dc.subjectapparel manufacturingen_US
dc.subject.lcshCorporate imageen_US
dc.subject.lcshCrisis managementen_US
dc.subject.lcshClothing tradeen_US
dc.titleFraming a Descriptive Profile of a Transformed Apparel Industry: Apparel Import Intermediaries in the United Statesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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