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BURLINGTON TECH STUDY: Burlington Industries last week said it is considering outsourcing its day-to-day information-technology functions.
“We are developing new Web-based e-commerce capabilities, new systems to integrate our fabric manufacturing and garment manufacturing operations,” said Judith Altman, vice president and chief information officer at the Greensboro, N.C.-based company. “That’s where we want to invest.”
The mill plans to decide by August if it would be cheaper to outsource daily computer functions to IBM Global Services. If it does, some Burlington employees would move to IBM’s payroll. Cost savings would be used to develop new systems.

TDA SEMINAR: The Textile Distributors Association and the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel plan a seminar next month on exporting U.S.-made textiles.
The seminar will focus on how small firms can use e-commerce to lower the cost of doing business overseas.
The event is to be held at the New York offices of Milliken & Co. on May 9.

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