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Apparel Stories From Around the Web: Retail Tech, Activism & Production Innovations

This week the apparel industry dabbled in new fashion technologies, discussed venture capital trends and debated about the survival of America’s department stores.

Digital printing technology is taking the apparel industry on a more personalized path. Forbes spoke with Epson, which envisions a future full of customized colors, prints and sizes for consumers everywhere.

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Fitting rooms are receiving a major digital upgrade and Bloomberg explored how retail technology companies, including Oak Labs, are transforming the fitting room experience for brick-and-mortar shoppers.

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Hanjin Shipping Co. was declared bankrupt by a Seoul court on Friday and The Wall Street Journal said the company will be liquidated, due to remaining ocean debts and its contributions to the current global shipping dilemma.

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Venture capital could get complicated with fashion startups. Glossy interviewed BlueRun Ventures partner Cheryl Cheng about apparel investment trends and why high-tech fabrics and retail VR features are VC’s newest darlings.

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Retailers nationwide are grappling with the demise of department stores. Fortune analyzed why major U.S. department stores are struggling and how discounts, location and merchandising are big drivers for the issue.

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While designers at New York Fashion Week touted advocacy on the runways, Quartz noted that fashion remains unequal on many levels, from model casting to garment worker employment.

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Despite retailers fortifying investments of in-store technologies, consumers aren’t paying much attention to these new brick-and-mortar developments. Bloomberg explored why consumers aren’t embracing these bells and whistles and how they value convenience over other service qualities.

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Some lingerie brands, including Cosabella, are not culling inspiration from traditional creative outlets. Glossy explored how the lingerie brand is incorporating AI to tap into consumers’ shopping behaviors and how the technology could help it launch future apparel collections.

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