U.S. Apparel Imports on the Decline – Reshoring, Innovation or Both?

Logistics Trends and Insights

Apparel manufacturing was one of the first industries to be outsourced primarily because of labor costs. Census data, demand for apparel imports (Harmonized code 62) may have peaked in 2015. Could apparel manufacturers be returning to the U.S.? Is it or isn’t it?

How to Design a Successful Apparel Supply Chain


Apparel is an exciting and rapidly changing industry. These are just a few of the challenges apparel manufacturers and retailers must overcome to operate at peak performance and compete in today’s dynamic market.

7 Innovative Warehouse Management Technologies to Adopt


The technology is ideal for retail warehouses that deal with apparel, sporting goods, personal care items, convenience foods, groceries and general merchandise. The increasing demand for higher levels of performance and flexibility in warehouse robotics is stimulating some innovative product developments and early adoptions of mobile warehouse robotics. Innovative technology to consider is the use of a learning management system to train warehouse operators regularly.

Hemming in Apparel Microfibres

EHS Sustainability Knowledge at Work

However, in order for people to buy such innovations or make the right decisions (following label instructions), they first need to understand the problem. Many brands sensibly await the outcome of further research into the problem of microfibres before making any concrete innovation moves.

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

Instead of pushing innovation forward, I see companies using the term “digital” as a path for IT spending. To make the argument, let’s look at industry orbit charts in aggregate for the period of 2006-2017 for the apparel and chemical companies. Three Paths for Innovation.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Based on a heritage of quality and innovation, the designs earned the trust in generations of families. Apparel Performance and Improvement Comparison. I have not seen this done well in the apparel industry.

Checkpoint Launches First RFID-Based EAS Solution for Apparel Retailers

Supply Chain Network

NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry, today announced here at NRF Loss Prevention Conference & Expo its RFID Overhead EAS Solution, delivering benefits both for loss prevention and inventory visibility at the point-of-exit. We’re providing apparel retailers with solutions that offer a pathway to achieve promising benefits, independent of their individual starting point.”.

A Sneak Peek into the Innovation Hub at FOCUS

Supply Chain Nation

FOCUS brings retail, warehouse and manufacturing professionals together to share best practices and hear how industry leaders are delivering real results with the help of JDA’s innovations. An exciting new addition to FOCUS is the Innovation Hub at the center of the Delivery Zone, where attendees have the opportunity to experience industry use cases leveraging various new innovations. The Digital Hub will also connect with Pepper bi-directionally in our story of innovation.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

These 36 innovative companies have figured out how to hack their operations, gaining some financial or media recognition for their methods. Kick back, be inspired and happy innovating. The world of supply chain and logistics is changing every day.

Thoughts from EurOMA Palermo: Operations Management and the Innovation Economy

Supply Chain View from the Field

My walks through the city led me to many thriving markets bustling with small manufacturing and design enterprises, and Italian designers and apparel makers are no doubt some of the best in the world. The discussion at EUROPA focused very much on the role of innovation in the networked economy. Nowhere is this more important than when it comes to innovation. One of the big differentiators of process innovation will be the ability to deal with complexity and risk.

Innovate or Die: How’s Your eCommerce Strategy?


Retailers, of every shape and size, are faced with the threat: “Innovate or die.”. In 2005, department stores alone sold $60 billion in apparel; in 2015, it was half with nearly $28 billion shifting to online retailers like Amazon. eCommerce is fast-paced and competitive.

Alloy driving innovation in fashion & retail


We’re excited to share that Alloy has been recognized on The Leading 100 , a list of break-out technology start-ups driving innovation in fashion and retail! fashion technology innovation data retail

Five Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

In the case of Apparel and Automotive industries there are slight improvements, but they have shifted inventories to suppliers. Today, the small company is innovating faster than larger competitors. Demand innovation Inventory Management Market-Driven90, then 80, followed by 76.

Sourcemap Introduces an All-In-One Solution for Fashion Transparency


Supply chain transparency isn't just about compliance or CSR: it's a way innovative brands can build trust with the new generation of conscious consumers. But with some fashion supply chains counting hundreds or thousands of suppliers, it can't be done without innovative solutions.

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Pivot88 is proud to sponsor the 2017 Product Innovation Apparel event taking place in Hong Kong on April 5 & 6


This two days gathering in the heart of Asia’s World City will allow you to discover the technologies disrupting the fashion, apparel and footwear industry. PI Apparel is a World Series of events that examine the crucial role technology plays in the fast-moving World of fashion, apparel, and footwear. The post Pivot88 is proud to sponsor the 2017 Product Innovation Apparel event taking place in Hong Kong on April 5 & 6 appeared first on Pivot88.

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Road Report: Purposeful Innovation Proves Powerful


During the conference, leaders in the industry offered innovative ideas, compelling insights, and effective strategies to improve operations. One of the speaker sessions that I attended was by Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of USG Corporation.

Jeff Bezos v the World: Why All Companies Fear 'Death by Amazon'

Supply Chain Brain

Amazon’s innovation with its own version was to replace Rain Design’s raindrop logo with its own smiley arrow logo — and cut the price in half. Apparel Consumer Packaged Goods E-Commerce/Omni-Channel Food & Beverage High-Tech/ElectronicsAt $19.99 a pop, the laptop stand combines everything customers love about Amazon: utility, price and convenience.

Home Delivery World Europe

Supply Chain Movement

Innovation. Thoryn Stephens, CDO, AMERICAN APPAREL. Full details >> Events collaboration Conference delivery e-commerce event Home delivery world europe innovation London performance retail supply chain technology terrapinn Value ChainHome Delivery World Europe.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit


Amazon supply chain management is driving innovation and change at a pace that’s putting the pressure on other businesses to find a way to keep up, or fold. Amazon makes up about 7% of the US apparel market, and according to reports , that figure could increase to 19% by 2020.

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Omni-Channel Supply Chains Are Changing Everything You Ever Learned in School…

Supply Chain View from the Field

Catalog management – Apparel manufacturers sell to department stores, sporting goods and specialty shops, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Penny’s, Herrods, and many other chains. This works well in the Apple store, but can be complicated for apparel. For many reasons, mobile checkout in apparel doesn’t work as well, and have to think about it differently.

Top 5 Ways Augmented Reality and Apple ARKit Will Transform Retail and Logistics


For apparel, virtual fitting rooms will make it easier for customers to “try on” clothes from home. In combination, B2B and mobile commerce growth create a perfect storm for AR apps to innovate B2B operations. Innovative retailers and businesses will look at AR as an opportunity.

How to Learn About Supply Chain Research From Around the World in a Few Hours

Supply Chain @ MIT

These are: the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (Cambridge, USA), the Zaragoza Logistics Center (Zaragoza, Spain), the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (Bogotá, Colombia), and the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (Shah Alam, Malaysia).

No chicken, no gravy, no customers – KFC’s planning woes are entirely preventable


It doesn’t matter if you are selling food, apparel or other consumer goods, it is critical to have the Right inventory at the Right place at the Right time and sell it at the Right price.

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Let’s Talk About Global Sourcing

Amber Road

You've got fast fashion , global competition, changing demographics, seismic political shifts, demanding consumers, product innovation, and throw in an NGO or two pushing for ethical sourcing and sustainability (rightfully so).

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

Apparel is an example. Results of Financial Reengineering Fails the Apparel Manufacturing Industry. . #8 Technology change is moving faster than process innovation. It has been awhile.

Amazon Takes On the Fashion Supply Chain


The e-commerce giant recently launched 1,800 fashion products, under seven trademarked brand names, ranging from men's suits to children's apparel to women's clothing. It has been selling apparel since 2002, and has slowly been making further in-roads to the fashion industry. billion worth of apparel. Amazon also knows how to innovate. Almost anything is available on Amazon—now get ready to wear their clothes.

Bristlecone Flash – February 2019


AMERICAN CORPORATE APPAREL COMPANY SELECTS BRISTLECONE. In January, Bristlecone kicked off an end-to-end supply chain assessment and diagnostic project for a provider of corporate apparel and business services. INDUSTRY INNOVATOR.

[Event Recap] Insights and learnings from IRCE 2019, Chicago


The Future of Retail: Digital Retail Innovations. Staying on top of emerging trends and new innovations shaping our industry is essential to drive growth, achieve business goals and remain competitive.

Levi Strauss Aims for 100% Renewable Electricity in Plants in New Supply Chain Strategy

Material Handling & Logistics

has a strong track record of reducing carbon emissions in its own operations, the most significant climate impact—and the most difficult to tackle—lies within the apparel industry’s global supply chain,” the company said. The company is reducing GHG emissions by 40% in its supply chain.

#trustinaction on tour


Whilst we might not be full-time rockstars (karaoke efforts notwithstanding), the Pivot88 team have been on tour, hitting Maastricht and Milan last week for the 34th IAF World Fashion Convention and the PI Apparel shows. We had great fun launching our #trustinaction campaign at PI Apparel in Milan on The Wave, a sweeping 45m long digital advertising platform.

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

For example, the average operating margin for apparel companies for the period of 2006-2015 was 12%; but when the 2015 is compared to 2006, the average operating margin has declined by five percent. As shown in Figure 2, apparel, mass merchants and beverage companies improved inventory turns.

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Scope 3 Targets

EHS Sustainability Knowledge at Work

With apparel brands, for example, up to 90% of emissions come from the value chain, and while multi-tenure landlords are making efforts to cut emissions from their offices and fleet, this is dwarfed by their oft-reported +99% Scope 3 emissions.

Supply Chain as a Competitive Centerpiece


” Under Armour has a formula for it: Successful Growth = (Speed + Control + Predictability) x Innovation. It’s exciting when you see a company that “talks the talk” and “walks the walk” with complete conviction.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

In five years, which technologies will have delivered the most supply chain innovation benefits? Source: “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation,” Adelante SCM & BluJay Solutions, 2018.

Why data intelligence is crucial to the business success of today’s fashion companies


Historically, the apparel industry’s success has always relied on a combination of design and physics. The overall consensus about these technologies is that they possess the potential to bring a disruption and lead innovation.

The new in-store experience has arrived, and yes, it’s digital.

Supply Chain Nation

What can any retailer learn from the edgy athletic apparel brand? Harnessing regional shopping data lets them feature their most popular shoes and apparel, stocking them in all the colors and sizes available. Innovation Retail Store Operations AI customer experience IoT Luminate machine learning retailRetail is never going to be the same. Evolving consumer expectations, a fast-moving marketplace and new technologies are bringing a new in-store customer experience.

Survival Strategies for Brands and Traditional Retailers

Supply Chain Brain

Anyone focused on the endless stream of innovations by Amazon might be surprised to learn that the e-commerce behemoth hasn’t killed off the brick-and-mortar store — nor is it likely to anytime soon. Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' Blog High-Tech/Electronics Retail Consumer Packaged Goods Food & Beverage Apparel E-Commerce/Omni-Channel