Q&A: American Manufacturer, UCan Zippers, Shows Pride, Quality, and Commitment to American Manufacturing


In that interview we mentioned that he would visit Made In USA Zipper manufacturer, UCan Zippers to film a video documenting the company's commitment to American Manufacturing for nearly 30 years. Why are we having an interview with an American Manufacturer on a logistics blog, you ask? Almost everything you touch, see, use, have fun with, was made by a manufacturing company. Further, most likely, that object made by a manufacturer was brought to you on a truck.

How apparel manufacturers are transforming 5 tedious processes


Apparel manufacturers manage countless moving parts. These manufacturers are also responsible for quality control, receiving, shipping, packaging, merchandise returns, HR, and much more. What’s shocking is that most manufacturers are stuck using manual processes and spreadsheets to keep track of all these steps! Here are 5 ways apparel manufacturers are using low-code to dramatically change their most difficult processes.


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Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak. In this role he supported the different businesses (12 in Europe and 11 in Asia) for all aspects of the Supply Chain; but Peter did not have direct Asia Sourcing/manufacturing accountability. Apparel Performance and Improvement Comparison. I have not seen this done well in the apparel industry.

Retailers, Shippers, Manufacturers to Reduce Fashion Supply Chain Emissions

Material Handling and Logistics

Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations, and others, including a major shipping company, have agreed to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. Industry suppliers will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and will phase out coal-fired boilers in their own companies and direct suppliers from 2025. The fashion industry took a large step on Dec.

Doing Business in Turkey


Manufacturing in Turkey. Primary manufacturing industries include textiles, food, automobiles, electronics, mining, steel, petroleum, construction, lumber and paper. Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. Shipping.

Doing Business in India


Manufacturing in India. India has a robust manufacturing sector, with typical products including textiles, chemicals, food, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petrochemicals, machinery, software and pharmaceuticals. . Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. Shipping. Coupled with its favorable location in Asia, the strong air support makes shipping products in or out of India easy. Indian manufacturing is an important part of the economy.

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Doing Business in Spain


Manufacturing in Spain. Spain manufactures textiles and apparel, footwear, food and beverages, metals, chemicals, automobiles, machine tools, medical equipment, footwear, pharmaceuticals, clay and refractory products. Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. Shipping. Regardless of your need to ship by air, water, road or rail, Spain’s infrastructure can support it, so it’s easy to make decisions that meet both cost and speed criteria.

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Doing Business in India


Manufacturing in India. India has a robust manufacturing sector, with typical products including textiles, chemicals, food, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petrochemicals, machinery, software and pharmaceuticals. . Supply Chain Infrastructure for Manufacturing. Shipping. Coupled with its favorable location in Asia, the strong air support makes shipping products in or out of India easy. Indian manufacturing is an important part of the economy.

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Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit


It has leased 20 Boeing 767 aircraft to shuttle goods around the US, and helped ship at least 150 cargo containers from China since October 2016. It’s all part of the global expansion of ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’, which provides storage, packing and shipping to small independent merchants selling products on Amazon’s website. 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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Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect


Whether you are a retailer, carrier, cloud services provider, or eCommerce merchant, Amazon not only effected the landscape of e-tail but the landscape of shipping and logistics as a whole. The Growth of Parcel Shipping on the Rise Thanks to the Amazon Effect Overall, parcel shipping is growing at a robust 10-percent clip as all other freight modes are basically flat, growing at a very modest 1 percent.

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A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

Starting with apparel, let’s compare the two top performers –Nike and VF Corporation. The first story is about a large regional food manufacturer. The second story is about a regional beverage manufacturer.

The World’s Largest Brands Are Using Inventory Accuracy and Yard Automation to Fight COVID-19 Chaos


Currently used by hundreds of distribution center and manufacturing plants around the globe, the PINC Yard Management System is the only digital YMS that truly automates and optimizes gate activities, trailer movements, dock scheduling, yard operations and functions performed by yard workers and administrators, and communication between trading partners and carriers. In particular, with industry verticals such as food and beverage manufacturing, grocery retail, retail, and apparel.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Zara has become Europe’s most profitable apparel brands by building agility end to end in their supply chains. As the fabric suppliers require the longest lead times, ZARA approves designs & initiates manufacturing after it gets feedback from its stores.

Global Luxury Management “Lifestyle” brands require push supply chain design customization

Supply Chain View from the Field

More and more global luxury brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and others are promoting themselves as Lifestyle brands, spanning many products including fragrance, home collections, apparel, paint, wallpaper, foods, and many other products. Such brands may ship small runs of five bags, gowns, or shoes that cost thousands of dollars, whereas typical apparel products are produced in volumes of hundreds of thousands going to low cost retailers.

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. Leading-edge manufacturers are partnering with providers of warehouse management systems to create customized software and smart robots that help manage the movement, storage and sorting of warehouse inventory.

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturers are Now Selling Directly to Consumers. Retailers can no longer have their heads in the sand, but neither can consumer products manufacturers. Note that apparel manufacturing is growing and apparel retail is declining. Traditional supply chains ship cases, pallets and trucks; but not the EACH. With the dawn of eCommerce, companies must now ship the EACH. We how have the endless aisle with the need to ship the EACH.

Columbia Sportswear: Peeling Back the Onion on Your Supply Chain Processes

Talking Logistics

Like the multi-billion dollar chemical manufacturer that had been paying market rates for ocean transportation for eight years because nobody realized that their contract, filed away in a drawer by a transportation manager who had left the company, had expired. Columbia Sportswear is a 77-year old, profitable, multi-billion dollar company and a leading brand in the global outdoor and active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry.

‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers

Supply Chain Brain

What it amounts to is enabling a type of customer behavior that has caused apparel sellers headaches for years. Take Nordstrom’s Trunk Club , the subscription-based service that ships out curated selections of clothing periodically and invites buyers to return whatever they don’t wish to keep. More common, however, are allowances being made by traditional apparel merchandisers that are attempting to convert a necessary evil into a selling point.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

The number one question that I am asked today by manufacturers across all industries is “How can I improve customer service?” A common issue in financially-driven companies is the heavy utilization of manufacturing assets past reasonable limits throwing the supply chain out of balance. Examples include first pass yield, schedule adherence, hands-free orders, orders shipped complete, and minimization of waste. Apparel is an example. It has been awhile.

Checklist: Logistics challenges in China

Supply Chain Movement

Supply chain in China was once an afterthought or was only thought of in terms of the ‘Make’ and ‘Ship’ processes included in manufacturing in China. 15 questions about Chinese supply chains. But as China becomes not only the factory of the world but the ‘Mall of the world’ this can no longer be true. Back in 2001, China was just revving its engine, a $1.3 trillion economy that was the world’s sixth largest, trailing the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

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How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need


to cover part of credit card processing, packing, and shipping costs). LVMH will use its perfume and cosmetics factories (normally used for Christian Dior, Givenchy, and other luxury brands) to manufacture free hand sanitizer (hydroalcoholic gel) for French health authorities. As the world’s largest fashion apparel retailer, Zara will donate masks to Spanish healthcare workers and patients.

The Benefits of Private Label Brands


Private label brands (or own-label brands) constitute the merchandise that retailers sell with their own packaging but are manufactured by a third party. In other words, private label brands are products that are manufactured for a specific retailer and branded with the retailer’s attributes. Manufacturers of such merchandise take into account both the prospects of more significant revenue and the flip side of not having a market footprint of their own.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Rewarded Companies with Foresight

Enterra Insights

big-box retailers are emerging as business winners while competitors — including some apparel sellers and small businesses — struggle.”[1] While some manufacturers and retailers had fairly mature omnichannel operations, other companies hastened to bolster their operations. Manufacturers, however, are also getting more involved. Retailers and manufacturers must always be looking ahead to see how the business landscape is changing.

This Week in Logistics News (May 4-8, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Growing Shipping Alliances Are Straining Major U.S. Its customers include retailers, department stores, apparel brands, and lifestyle brands that sell a range of physical goods online. Simply put, cross-border e-commerce is arguably one of the weakest links in omni-channel fulfillment, and Pitney Bowes, which already has years of experience in this area with its Global Shipping Program for eBay sellers, is positioning itself as a leader in this emerging market space.

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Trade Wars | Intellectual property rights and Section 321 – de minimis

BluJay Solutions

Findings in the 2017 Special 301 Report suggest that, “an appreciable share of Chinese manufacturing may be dedicated to the production of counterfeit goods, as one estimate holds that counterfeits may account for over 12 percent of Chinese merchandise exports.” Joining the efforts of news media, organizations like these aim to educate consumers on better buying practices and aid manufacturers in detecting and eradicating fraudulent products.

10 COVID-19 Lessons for a Resilient Supply Chain


Examples: Apparel and other general merchandise, home repair, furniture. In manufacturing, capital investments in new machine tools and materials handling equipment. A Three Part Article Series from QAD DynaSys – COVID-19 and Resilient Supply Chain.

Connecting the Dots on Amazon's patents in Logistics


Here are some of the more interesting patents related to fulfillment and logistics: Title: Anticipatory Package Shipping Date Filed: August 2012 This patent is designed to cut delivery times by predicting what buyers are going to buy before they buy and then shipping packages to a geographical area without specifying the exact delivery address at the time of shipment. Amazon is expected to surpass Macy’s this year to become the largest seller of apparel in America.

How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area. The manufacturing PMI and non-manufacturing NMI summarize supply managers’ reports as to how their organizations fared in the past month with regard to a set of key business metrics.

This Week in Logistics News (October 26-30, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Wal-Mart Won’t Promote Free-Shipping Deals Over Holidays (WSJ – sub. Consumers place a high premium on free shipping when shopping online, but as folks in the logistics industry know, there is no such thing as free shipping — somebody has to pay UPS, FedEx, and USPS, and those carriers are raising their rates. Perhaps that is why Walmart is going against the grain and offering free shipping only to online orders that exceed $50.

Retail Fulfillment Tips to Boost Your Omnichannel Strategy

Veridian Solutions

Individual stores can handle the same processes of the warehouse in fulfilling online orders for shipping or pickup within the store. Identifying needed skill sets and jobs are important for apparel manufacturers and retailers. In manufacturing, data scientists are in high demand as more brands recognize the need to operationalize big data.”. Today’s consumers are more connected than ever before.

Modernizing the Retail Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

Manufacturers would supply retailers, who would then resell the goods to consumers — therefore dealing with complaints or queries from the end consumer. Unfortunately, the adoption rate is still relatively low, ranging from 26% for home improvement stores to 33% for apparel and footwear. ” Concerning direct-to-consumer operations, Tymm writes, “Direct to consumer already makes up 16% of all manufacturing sales, and is set to provide a £13 billion [$16.9

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Why investors are looking at supply chain technologies in 2020


That bodes really well for continued investments in B2B and enterprise whether it’s in supply chain, or newer areas like construction (which we’re looking at because there’s so much falloff for tech once you get out of the design phase), or manufacturing.

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


Shipments arrive from Nike’s network of global manufacturers in Asia, and includes footwear, apparel and equipment. The DC serves as the hub for Nike’s global e-commerce business, and orders taken from Nike.com are shipped to consumers all over the world from this DC, including North America. The DC ships 220M units annually, with a total of 213,000 inline SKU’s.

What do Nike and Chipotle Have That Your Business Needs? Customization.


The global supply chain has been built around the concept of identical parts being shipped across the world to create equally identical products. But as products grow more complex, manufacturers and suppliers must look to innovate in order to adapt to changing environments. For years, BMW had a reputation for manufacturing cars that combined sleek style with exceptional performance. Customized products require a customized supply chain.

Resiliency; the Fine Art of Balancing E-commerce & Brick and Mortar Investments


This past week, Forever 21, a fast-fashion apparel retailer with over 700 stores and 30,000 employees worldwide announced filing for Chapter 11. Invest in an intelligent assortment planner and focus on Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) processes in your manufacturing environments. According to an article in Forbes, over 20% of apparel purchases last year were made online, while other industries such as grocery remained around 2%.