From concept to shelf, a woman’s passion for retail
Amanda, Merchandising Manager for Gildan, shares her passion for product development and the leaders that have helped her along the way in her nine years at Gildan. Here is her story:
Q: How did you end up at Gildan?
My husband and I were living in Arkansas where I was working for a large retail company. He had wanted to move back home to Charleston for a while, so in 2010 we made the big move. To be honest, I was really sad about it. I loved my job back in Arkansas and I never thought I would find another job quite like it here.
The power of Eastman's innovation efforts is aimed at opportunities where disruptive, global macro trends align with our world-class technology platforms. To continue developing products that make a material difference in people’s lives, we are leveraging our success and expertise in key platforms where Eastman has been a leader for decades.
"Everything old is new again," or so goes the idiom. The folks at Eastman apparently agree, as they have dipped back into the firm's 80-year-old portfolio of cellulose ester materials technology to come up with a "new" fiber that's now finding use in a range of intimate apparel and other trendy clothing.
For decades, Eastman scientists have consistently utilized innovative approaches to adapting the company’s world-class technologies to create new and better materials that enhance the quality of life in a material way.
So it’s not surprising that one of the company’s longest-standing technologies has delivered a new name in materials for the intimate apparel market. The technology is cellulose esters, and the material is Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn.
An Enactus team from the Netherlands saw a way to empower Bhutanese women to knit scarves and other products to sell, and taught them how to run their own knitting workshops as a secondary source of revenue. What other skill do they learn while knitting? Find out at: http://enactus.org/seeopportunity/project-gallery/project/yarn/.