Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain


An article written by my former PhD student, Rejaul Hasan, and I just came out this week in Contracting Excellence , the journal published by IACCM, which documents the catastrophe that is unfolding in Bangladesh, one of the world’s major exporters of garments for the apparel sector. But in Bangladesh, 90% of the jobs come from the apparel sector where workers rely on daily wages and now their lives have stopped!

Sourcing – What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruption

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The Divergent Procurement World


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. The purchase of goods and services can be split into two primary procurement domains: The Strategic Core purchases that enable an organisation to produce their product or service (called Strategic Spend by many organisations). The non-strategic products and services that need to be procured for individuals to carry out their job function. These domains, by their very nature, cause a divergence within Procurement.

Maintaining Brand Equity in Extended Supply Chains

Logistics Viewpoints

For large apparel and retail companies, the treatment of labor in sweat shops in third world countries presents a critical set of issues. Labor Procurement/Sourcing Retail Social Media Supply Chain Risk Management brand equity corporate responsibility extended supply chainsThere are as many ways to approach corporate social responsibility as there are companies. But a key driver is almost always focusing on the issues that could be most injurious to that company’s brand equity.

COVID-19: Implications on inventory planning, sourcing and procurement


What we’ve seen is a huge deterioration in the apparel sectors. We need to look at alternative sources of procurement, of production, alternative factories, alternative countries. As demand rides a rollercoaster in the last few months, huge adjustments have been asked from businesses in every corner of the world and sector.

Supply Chain News on Procurement News Round Up for Aug. 8, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Bangladesh Launches Program to Map Apparel Suppliers, Best Interview Questions for Procurement Hires, Jail Sentences for Principals in UK Horsemeat Scandal

Why a Cashmere Sweater Can Cost $2,000 — or $30

Supply Chain Brain

Quality & Metrics SC Analysis & Consulting Global Supply Chain Management Apparel Retail All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured ContentMade from the softest wool produced by certain breeds of goats, such as the Zalaa Ginst white goat and Tibetan Plateau goat, cashmere was once reserved for the wealthiest fashionistas. Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife helped popularize the fabric.)

The drive for a New Wave of Easy-to-use Procurement Products


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. As featured in the ‘ The 10 Most Innovative Procurement Solution Providers ’ article published in the September 2017 Insights Success Magazine , Claritum discuss the drive for a New Wave of Easy-to-use Procurement Products…. Procurement of relatively low cost, unpredictable products and services is still highly manual, inefficient, and error prone.

Bangladesh Clothes Factory Fire

SCM Research

Human rights groups urge Western governments to press retailers and apparel brands to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. Practice Corporate Social Responsibility Globalization Procurement At the end of last month, a garment factory fire in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured many more. Let us view this tragedy from a supply chain perspective. Supply chains are typically customer-focused.

Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – An Interview with Danny Wang, VP at Canada Goose!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Hey Procurement! This interview is with Danny Wang, Vice President of Sourcing and Procurement at Canada Goose. We worked in the Commodity Management organization, responsible for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement. And Danny’s work in sourcing and procurement is at the centre of making that happen. Danny Wang is currently the VP of Sourcing and Procurement at Canada Goose with accountability for Direct/Indirect spends and replenishment planning and purchasing.

Bangladesh Catastrophes Drive Ethical Sourcing Initiatives

Logistics Viewpoints

Sourcing to low cost destinations is not a new development and Bangladesh has been a favored destination of apparel brands and retailers. Procurement/Sourcing Sustainability Rana Plaza Sustainable sourcingBut incidents like Rana Plaza disaster (an eight-story factory collapsed, killing over 1,000 workers) brought to light non-existent safety measures. This incident, and three others during 2013-14, challenged the sourcing strategies of large […].

What will it take for your company to establish a Sustainable Procurement Policy?


which effectively persuaded the largest toy company in the world to promise to establish a sustainable procurement policy. Why Mattel did not establish a formal sustainable procurement policy after their first major supply chain issue in 2007 is somewhat hard to say. Another reason is that they were strictly focused on product safety in their supply chain, and rightfully so considering their product users are children, rather than on sustainable procurement as a whole.

So Your Supply Chain is Banning Bangladesh….and Going to Cambodia?: “The Ugliest Race to the Bottom”

Supply Chain View from the Field

Companies like Nike and Disney have publicly stated that they are not going to Bangladesh for apparel sourcing in the future. In Thailand, workers at a factory producing Nike apparel were forced by military personnel allegedly hired by the manufacturer to sign a petition allowing them to be paid less than the minimum wage of $4 a day. This is nothing short of slave labor, and apparel companies are going to have to come together as a group and drive community-based changes.

600 Dead in Bangladesh: Is there a soul to the enterprise?

Supply Chain View from the Field

Demonstrators are protesting apparel offices (such as Gap’s offices in San Francisco) to demand better working conditions in Bangladesh factories. This is a difficult set of decisions for apparel companies. Some, like Disney and Nike, have announced that they simply won’t buy any apparel produced in Bangladesh. A big order was due for Benneton and Loblaws, who like other retail apparel manufacturers, worship the deity of perfect order fulfillment.

7 Rules of Fashion Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Opz

In 1984, US Apparel Industry created the task force called " Crafted With Pride in the U.S.A. One year later "Kurt Salmon Associates" was assigned to investigate the whole apparel supply chain. 2) Centralize design and product development : the norm in the apparel (and some other) industries is to develop new products by both in-house staffs and through merchandisers.

The business case for extending sustainability in the supply chain: The Burt’s Bees Story

Supply Chain View from the Field

This is a big opportunity that has been adopted in other industries like apparel, through the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, that are driving common sustainability indices. Procurement Sustainability Supply Chain Strategy Sustainability Jenny Sebley, former supplier sustainability manager at Burt’s Bees, spoke in my sustainable supply chain class today. Sustainable supply chains was a key issue at Burt’s Bees, and continues to play an important role.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of March 24, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

American Apparel Enters the eFullfillment Wars, Legacy of Legendary Intel CEO Upon his Passing, Target Rethinks Supply Chain Software Development, and Logistics Model, CPOs Think Procurement Teams Lack Talent

If you can measure it then you can manage it


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. If you can measure it then you can manage it” This statement is so true in the procurement field. Procurement is fundamentally in the intelligence business, and since information is at the core of intelligent decision making, you need to be really good at efficiently gathering and transforming data into information. Procurement needs to have real time data on the entire supply chain. Uniforms and Apparel.

Do markets reward sustainable supply chains? The forces of social capital may change the rules…

Supply Chain View from the Field

Exhibit “A” is the apparel manufacturer, Lululemon. The apparel maker pulled some of its yoga pants from store shelves for being too see-through, and their product officer fell on her sword taking the blame. Procurement Sustainability Supply Chain Management Sustainability In a recent dialogue with Barbara Grey, the author of new research on social capital today, we discovered an interesting anomaly.

Bangladesh Working Conditions: A Human Rights Issue? Or a Supplier Capacity Issue?

Supply Chain View from the Field

A recent discussion with supply chain executives in the apparel industry reveal that the problem is a tricky one to solve – and may be a function of other decisions being made by apparel manufacturers that have nothing to do with labor human rights in the supply chain. BRIC Supply Chain Global Distribution Global Supply Chain Procurement Sustainability Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Management Supply chain Relationships Supply Chain Strategy Sustainability

The Secret to Successful Enterprise Strategy? Always Include Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Opz

For instance, competing in high-end fashion apparel will require a different supply chain strategy than selling cotton briefs. If the procurement function is focused on low-price instead of agility, then there’s no chance for success. For instance, reducing all forms of inventory to minimize cost is a terrific goal, assuming the procurement, production, and logistics functions collaborate to make it happen without retail stock-outs.

A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

Starting with apparel, let’s compare the two top performers –Nike and VF Corporation. In short, his vision of an end-to-end supply chain was transactional: better processing of order-to-cash and procure-to-pay.

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. It took a mere 18 weeks for Bristlecone to lead a Middle Eastern steel manufacturing client on a transformation journey that took them from manual processes to a powerful new procurement solution.

Modern Slavery in Today’s Supply Chains


In a related article by the Guardian , David Noble, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, points out just how pervasive this issue is, saying 11% of British business leaders report modern slavery likely already plays a role in their supply chains. by Alexa Cheater I used to think slavery was, for the most part, a thing of the past.

Analyzing Product Costs: A Question of ‘What If’

Supply Chain Brain

Take the relatively simple task of determining the true cost of a piece of apparel or other manufactured retail item. All Technology Big Data/IOT Forecasting & Demand Planning Product Lifecycle Management SC Planning & Optimization Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Supply Chain Visibility Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' BlogThe act of divining the future is nothing more than a consideration of possible scenarios, and their impact on a business.

Determining Operating Model for Inventory Visibility and Agility

Tompkins Blog

It aggregates demand plans by the different units, and procures and manages an integrated global inventory available on demand. Client Success Stories Footwear Footwear and Apparel Global Inventory Inventory Visibility Operations Strategy Retail The Company. This global retail company is a designer, developer, distributor, and seller of footwear and accessories. It boasts more than 1,600 retail stores in 80 countries, and has partnerships with major mass market merchants. Challenge.

The COVID-19 outbreak: How to Realize Value From a Crisis?


Sales not met during the crisis may be postponed later (for instance, Home Repair/Renovation Products, Shoes & Apparel…). It helps procurement managers assess the impact of these changes on product supply – or production managers on production capacity optimization. The COVID-19 outbreak is a major disruption to the global economy. The confinement measures taken by many countries are causing demand and supply shocks.

Bristlecone Flash – May 2020


Bristlecone has introduced several new fixed-price, fixed-scope offerings for SAP products across supply chain planning, procurement and execution. Application support and monitoring for corporate apparel leader. Procurement Center of Excellence creation for discrete manufacturer. Ariba-driven procurement transformation for event management entity. NEW SAP-QUALIFIED PARTNER-PACKAGED SOLUTIONS.

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. By answering questions about their organisation and activities – such as procuring goods and services and transporting materials – companies of any size can gauge their Scope 3 inventory.

TMS for SMB: A Case Study with Carhartt

Talking Logistics

This family-owned company — a leading brand in durable workwear and outdoor apparel — was founded in 1889 but its business continues to change rapidly. Procurement & Contract Management. What defines the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market for transportation management systems (TMS)?

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

Most can only measure functional costs—transportation, manufacturing, and procurement. Apparel is an example. Results of Financial Reengineering Fails the Apparel Manufacturing Industry. . #8 It has been awhile. After the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , I took the time to recharge and took a month off from writing. The presentations from the Summit are posted now on the Supply Chain Insights You Tube Channel.

10 COVID-19 Lessons for a Resilient Supply Chain


Sudden capital & cash shortfalls caused service levels to plummet and procurement and operations to scramble for alternatives. Examples: Apparel and other general merchandise, home repair, furniture.

Why investors are looking at supply chain technologies in 2020


Insiders joke (quite fairly, as it turns out) about billion-dollar procurement-management-disposition cycles that are managed in spreadsheets. In the procurement space, what I want to be able to assess is risk management.

The Green Supply Chain: True Sustainability or Just One Big Marketing Stunt?

Supply Chain Game Changer

One of the elements of SCM that holds a lot of weight in the outcome of a green supply chain is procurement and sourcing methods. Procurement is a function that often creates a direct link between buyer and supplier. Green procurement was a highlighted element of the report, and while responsible and sustainable procurement has become a growing concern of these companies, their suppliers aren’t exactly as enthusiastic. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Does Low Cost Spend Control Matter?


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. Procurement Control. Uniforms and Apparel. To bring this under control, whilst continuing to focus on wider Strategic and Direct Spend issues, is the challenge faced by Procurement. Specialist Procurement Service Providers (PSPs) can provide the necessary service and their costs can be assessed against an insourcing approach for the organisation. Rules and access rights would be under Procurement control.