Completes R&D Project and Long-Term Relationship with Fanatics
Increases Capacity for Future Growth
Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE American: DLA), a leading provider of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products, today announced the expansion of its digital print business through the installation and utilization of newly developed digital print technology designed to meet the market demands of its unique “Digital First” offering by its DTG2Go business unit.
In collaboration with Fanatics, a global digital sports platform and leading provider of licensed sports merchandise, DTG2Go has installed this new technology in four of its existing digital print facilities. This business process is the first of its kind, revolutionizing the made-to-order business model with garment quality, print aesthetics and repeatability standards required to support the Fanatics Commerce real-time licensed sports merchandise business model. This unique digital production process will allow custom orders to be produced, packaged and shipped to the end consumer within twenty-four hours from receipt of order.
Robert W. Humphreys, Chairman and CEO of Delta Apparel commented, “It has truly been a pleasure working alongside the Fanatics team to combine our prior experiences in systems, technology and apparel to build an integrated process that meets the high quality and repeatability standards that Fanatics’ passionate customer base demands.”
Humphreys continued, “This new technology significantly increased our capacity allowing us to proudly meet the high demand for garments for fans of the L.A. Rams after their recent Super Bowl victory. Additional equipment will be installed this quarter further expanding our overall digital print capacity as we prepare for future growth with Fanatics. After months of teamwork to develop this integrated process, we are looking forward to a long-term relationship with Fanatics as they continue to service their markets with excellence.”
Danny Sweem, CEO of M & R Printing Equipment, Inc. said, “The Polaris is the new north star of high volume direct-to-garment printing and we were very excited to demonstrate its exceptional throughput that provides a retail quality product worthy of Fanatics’ standards. Delta and their DTG2Go team have been great partners throughout the development of the Polaris, and we look forward to strong growth together.”
The Company anticipates continued growth in its DTG2Go on-demand digital print services. As a result, DTG2Go is increasing its fleet of digital equipment with printers and dryers and continuing to invest in front-end technology.
For more information about the “Digital First” technology and other DTG2Go digital print and fulfillment solutions, please contact Vince Sciandra, DTG2Go’s President of Sales, Digital and E-commerce Technology, at Vince.Sciandra@DTG2Go.com.
DTG2Go is a market leader in the direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing technology and innovation to the supply chain of its many customers. DTG2Go uses highly-automated factory processes and its proprietary software to deliver on-demand, digitally printed apparel direct to consumers on behalf of its customers. Utilizing its eight fulfillment facilities throughout the United States, DTG2Go offers a robust digital supply chain allowing it to ship custom graphic products within 24 to 48 hours to consumers across the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide. DTG2Go services fast-growing e-retailer channels, as well as the ad-specialty, promotional products, screen print, traditional retail, social media, and licensed apparel marketplaces, among others. DTG2Go’s nationwide digital print and fulfillment network currently includes facilities integrated within Delta Apparel’s Activewear distribution centers in Miami, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Cranbury, New Jersey; and Phoenix, Arizona. Additional facilities are located in Clearwater, Florida; Storm Lake, Iowa; Fayetteville, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.
About Delta Apparel, Inc.
Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, DTG2Go, LLC, Salt Life, LLC, and M.J. Soffe, LLC, is a vertically-integrated, international apparel company that designs, manufactures, sources, and markets a diverse portfolio of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products under the primary brands of Salt Life®, Soffe®, and Delta. The Company is a market leader in the direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing DTG2Go technology and innovation to the supply chain of its customers. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products through a variety of distribution channels and tiers, including outdoor and sporting goods retailers, independent and specialty stores, better department stores and mid-tier retailers, mass merchants and e-retailers, the U.S. military, and through its business-to-business e-commerce sites. The Company’s products are also made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at www.saltlife.com, www.soffe.com and www.deltaapparel.com as well as through its branded retail stores. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 8,700 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at www.deltaapparelinc.com.
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