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A Milestone Decision to Move Apparel Production Out of China

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Last week, The Wall Street Journal profiled global apparel producer TAL Group’s decision to close its apparel production factory in Dongguan China because of cumulative effects of rising direct labor costs. Paid subscription required) The fact that one of Asia’s largest manufacturers of apparel, supplying brands such as Banana Republic, J.

Report that Robotic Production of Fashion Apparel is Getting Much Closer

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The latest edition of The Economist includes its Technology Quarterly and features a report that should be of interest to apparel focused supply chains, especially specialty retailers. Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Technology advanced robotics blog commenting on global supply chain developments robotics applied to clothing and apparel production SoftWear Automation Inc.

Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Meets Industry 4.0 Adoption

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The apparel and footwear industry, one of the earliest adopters of global based, low-cost manufacturing outsourcing is now on the verge of adopting Industry 4.0 Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Internet of Things Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Addidas Futurecraft MFG supply chain Addidas supply chain supply chain advancements in footwear manufacturing Supply chain Matters blog

2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Apparel and Footwear Producers and Respective Supply Chains

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Annual Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chain Management Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy 2017 predictions for industry and global supply chains apparel and footwear industry predictions Supply chain Matters blogThus far, we have posted deep-dives on the first nine of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.

In Fast Fashion the Supply Chain Does Indeed Matter

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From the supply chain sourcing strategy lens, many clothing and apparel retailers made their new spring clothing design selections months ago because of the supply chain lead time involved in producing and shipping apparel and accessories from lower-cost manufacturing […]. Spring is a season when thoughts often turn toward new beginnings and of course, new clothing.

Amazon Wins Patent for On-Demand Apparel Manufacturing Warehouse

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The Seattle e-commerce juggernaut just won a patent for “on-demand apparel manufacturing,” in which machines only start snipping and stitching once an order has been placed, Amazon could wade deeper into developing its own apparel

Helpful Hints for Apparel Manufacturers


The apparel industry uniquely combines the characteristics of make-to-stock manufacturing with consumer-driven fashion volatility which can lead to a forecasting nightmare.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

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Apparel Performance and Improvement Comparison. I have not seen this done well in the apparel industry. Supply Chain Excellence Supply Chain Leadership Supply Chains to Admire apparel Imagine 2017 Peter Smith

3 Startling Facts and 3 Quick Recommendations for Apparel and Footwear Executives

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By Jim Tompkins CEO, Tompkins International Listen up, Apparel and Footwear executives! First, the 3 startling facts: Amazon is the number 1 seller of Apparel & Footwear in the US. Amazon has 11 Apparel & The post 3 Startling Facts and 3 Quick Recommendations for Apparel and Footwear Executives appeared first on Tompkins International. Blog Amazon Apparel Footwear Retail SCLF Video

Video Podcast: Apparel Supply Chain Challenges – Size XXL


We work with a lot of branded and private label apparel manufacturers and brand owners, and it’s clear there is a misperception about supply chain complexity in these industries.

Executing on time, all the time: apparel executive’s guide to competitive advantage

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Apparel executive’s guide to competitive advantage. I think we all know that great apparel brands maintain competitive advantage by consistently executing on time. What great apparel brands do differently? For most apparel companies, it is the cycle from product to customer.

Untimely Occurrences of Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruptions

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Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Disruption business continuity planning Gap distribution center fire global supply chain risk Samsung Galaxy Note 7 product recall Supply chain Matters blog Supply Chain RiskAs businesses enter the all-important final four months of 2016, news of supply chain disruptions are permeating business media channels.

Overstocks of U.S. Retail Inventories Spell Challenges for the Remainder of the Year

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Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Inventory Management Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Transportation and Logistics Supply chain Matters blogAfter many prominent retailers have formally reported their financial results for the first quarter, business and industry media have been quick to note that for the most part, U.S. retailers are facing a glut of existing unsold inventory.

Pending Transportation Industry Disruption Will Require Industry Supply Chain Management Attention

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Looking back at the 2015 holiday fulfillment period, there were two significant supply chain and Omni-channel fulfillment trends that made their presence. These trends will continue to unfold in 2016 and beyond with significant implications for industry supply chains. The first was Amazon, and from a number of dimensions. As noted in our Supply Chain […].

Challenging Few Weeks for Certain Myanmar Apparel Producers and Branded Customers

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This past week provided stark reminders for apparel retailers and their suppliers on the realities of chasing the lowest cost producer, and of the blowback to the brand and its consideration of social responsibility. Two different yet disturbing incidents involving suppliers located in the country of Myanmar have came to light. Reuters reported that workers […].

Vital Link in the Global Apparel Supply Chain- Third-Party Refurbishers

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Inc, a third-party refurbisher specializing in apparel and general merchandise inspection, repair, cleaning, kitting, and warehousing. The apparel industry’s supply chain crisscrosses the globe. Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply chain Matters blogThe following is a contributed Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution from Jeff Glassman, CEO of Darn It!

The U.S. West Coast Port Crisis and Increased Supply Chain Risk

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Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Risk Management Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. Last week, we were reading a recent report produced by the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in the U.K.

A Supply Chain Matters Conversation with the American Apparel and Footwear Association

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Our last grouping of predictions focused on unique, industry-specific supply chain challenges, and included apparel and footwear supply chains. Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Global trade trends American Apparel and Footwear Association fast fashion supply chain Supply chain Matters blogEarlier this month, Supply Chain Matters unveiled our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains (Available for complimentary download in our Research Center).

An Online Retailer Reinventing Post Luxury Goods and Tapping New Consumer Buying Sentiments

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Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Strategy independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management M.Gemmi M.Gemmi supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Continued Lessons on the Long-Term Rewards for Product Innovation Coupled with Supply Chain Speed

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Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Product Lifecycle Management Alberto Souza supply chain integrating product innovation and supply chain strategy Portugal's footwear industry resurgence product innovation Supply chain Matters blogThere have been many multi-industry success stories that reinforce the benefits for tightly integrating both product development and supply chain strategy.

Another Sobering Warning for Retail Industry- This Time from a Major Industry Supply Chain Influencer

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A rather sobering announcement from major apparel supply chain influencer Li & Fung adds further reinforcement of unprecedented business and supply chain challenges impacting global retailers.

Why Data Is Not Information

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My colleague and I were meeting with the CEO, CFO, and Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) from a multichannel fashion and apparel retailer. Blog Post Apparel Consumer Products E-Commerce ecommerce Fashion Omnichannel Retail By Jim Tompkins. CEO, Tompkins International.

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GAP Elects to Source Some Apparel Production within Myanmar

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announced plans to source apparel production within factories in the country of Myanmar and the headline was the first U.S. apparel retailer to source in that country since sanctions were lifted two years ago. The apparel retailer indicated that it had engaged in a sourcing deal involving South Korean owned factories that operate in the country. Last week, Gap Inc.

Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Four: Increased Anti-Trade Geopolitical Forces Provide Added Global Sourcing Challenges

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […].

The Greening of China Based Textile and Apparel Producers

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Zara Unveils a Strategy to Embrace and Integrate Physical and Online Presence

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Many analysts and academics in our supply chain world often point to Inditex SA and its fashion and apparel retail brand Zara as the iconic benchmark in retail supply chain agility. It seems that despite the many iteration of retail apparel industry challenges, this fast fashion focused retailer continues to demonstrate a resiliency to changing […].

Factory Destruction Across Vietnam: Supply Chain Sourcing Flexibility and Resiliency Has Never Been as Important

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In the quest to seek alternative global low-cost manufacturing sourcing across multi-industry supply chains, countries such as Thailand and Vietnam were high on the list. Both offered relatively attractive direct labor wage rates while offering a highly educated and motivated workforce. Up to this point, that has resulted in a steady flow of foreign investment in these countries including internal supply chain ecosystem capabilities.

An Important Milestone Reached in RFID Enabled Item-Level Tracking

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American Fox Head relocates logistics hub in Europe

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Californian based Fox Head, owner of the action sports apparel and clothing brand Fox, is rapidly expanding its reach in the European market. The Fox brand is the most recognized and best-selling brand of motocross apparel in the world today.

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Sept. 22, 2016

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Amazon Assault on the Apparel Market, Truckload and Intermodal Rates Continue to Fall, XPO Logistics Facing Multiple Union Drives, Telsa Car Hacked on Highway

Zumba selects PLM solution to manage apparel product growth

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“Our goal at Zumba is to grow a successful apparel brand that can transcend any space, whether fitness or every day life,” says Gabriel Bottazzi, President of apparel at Zumba. Zumba is implementing Lectra Fashion PLM to manage its active wear line.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of July 21, 2016

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Amazon Patents Drone House, Sewbots Huge Threat to Millions of Asian Apparel Jobs, Honda Says Goodbye to Rare Earth Metals, US Truckload Rates Continue to Tumble

A Few Thoughts on the Christmas Supply Chain 2015

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Lean Inventory Levels Led to Many Out of Stocks, and Why Cannot Apparel Companies and Retailers Do Better at Foecasting Size Distribution

For supply chains, faster is not always better

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Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), the Swedish apparel giant, reported lower like-for-like sales in the first quarter of 2013 and attributed the fall to the unusually cold weather. In contrast, Inditex, the world’s biggest apparel company, saw sales rise, both in 2013 and in August 2016.