Amazon.com Inc. is tapping some of the biggest athletic-apparel suppliers to make a foray into private-label sportswear, according to people familiar with the matter, setting the stage for further upheaval in an already-tumultuous industry.
Makalot Industrial Co.,
a Taiwanese vendor that produces clothing for Gap Inc., Uniqlo and
Kohl’s Corp., is making apparel for the Amazon line, a person with
knowledge of the arrangement said. Eclat Textile Co.,
another Taiwanese supplier, is contributing to the effort as well -- a
relationship first noted by SinoPac Securities Corp. analyst Silvia
Chiu.. . . more