Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain

NC State SCRC

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!

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. The company leverages globally sourcing strategies to buy products at a lower cost and then deploys some unique process logic to drive mass customization for retailers. Apparel Performance and Improvement Comparison. I have not seen this done well in the apparel industry.

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Sourcing promotional products the right way

Claritum

However, it is important for companies to manage the process of sourcing promotional goods effectively. A lot of time and energy can be spent inefficiently sourcing the goods, which can be bought from a huge variety of suppliers at vastly differing prices and quality. And as many suppliers are based in the Far East, buyers need to understand local pricing, duties, testing and shipping to ensure they receive the right product to enhance their promotional strategy.

Supplier Management and Sourcing in the Fashion Industry – Under the Spotlight

Jaggaer

More than virtually any other sector, sourcing and supplier management in the fashion industry have been exposed to intense scrutiny in recent years, while the functions have become of increasingly strategic importance to business success. Factories around the world produce millions of items of clothing and accessories for top European and American brands, which are packaged, shipped and sold in every country worldwide.

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A Model for Transporting Goods in Brazil

Supply Chain @ MIT

When shipping product into a country as large and complex as Brazil, the choice of transportation routes has a critical impact on supply chain costs. The items fall into four classes of product: apparel, accessories ranging from eyewear to luggage, home products such as bedding, and fragrances. A DSS-based model synthesizes information from a wide range of sources and help managers to make decisions. Spoilt for choice.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

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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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. Diversify supplier base : Supply chain should not be overly dependent on long lead-time or on a small pool of specific suppliers or sourcing regions.

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

PINC

Whether they’ve sent their workforces home to work remotely, scaled back their operations, or scrambled to find alternative supply sources, organizations across all industries are implementing new measures to offset the impacts of COVID-19. “To guard against disruption, some retailers hold safety stock or excess raw materials,” Sourcing Journal states.

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.

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.

Guide to Ecommerce Marketing Automation for Online Merchants

ShipBob

Image source: Omnisend. Image source: Alastin.com. This is a good chance to introduce your competitive differentiators and add a little value with a small incentive, such as free shipping. Below is an example of online apparel brand Black Halo’s welcome email.

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

ShipBob

to cover part of credit card processing, packing, and shipping costs). As the world’s largest fashion apparel retailer, Zara will donate masks to Spanish healthcare workers and patients. They have already donated 10,000 protective face masks and will be able to ship another 300,000 surgical masks by the end of the week. With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) evolving at such a rapid pace, the ShipBob team wants to help those in need.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

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. Their processes cannot ship and track the EACH and the outsourcing to third-party logistics is too expensive.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

Examples include first pass yield, schedule adherence, hands-free orders, orders shipped complete, and minimization of waste. Popular techniques included business process outsourcing, contract manufacturing to reduce the cost of labor, low-cost country sourcing, tax efficiency projects, and the elongation of payables to improve cash-to-cash. Apparel is an example. Results of Financial Reengineering Fails the Apparel Manufacturing Industry. . #8 It has been awhile.

Driving sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains

EFT

While companies find themselves standing on uneven and shifting ground, further exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers’ expectations around transparency and ethical sourcing is hardening into a common set of expectations. .

Driving sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains

EFT

While companies find themselves standing on uneven and shifting ground, further exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers’ expectations around transparency and ethical sourcing is hardening into a common set of expectations. .

Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

So some of the companies that actually are in the forefront of supply chain management and technology implementations are excluded from contention: airlines, railroads, trucking companies, package delivery companies, shipping companies, construction firms, healthcare, metals producers, energy companies, banks, oil & gas, pipelines, utilities, and more. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.

Managing the Procurement of Promotional Goods and Services

Claritum

Problems with current sourcing methodologies. Sourcing the right way for Promotional goods and services. However, it is important for companies to manage the process of sourcing promotional goods effectively. Plus, the risks to a brand of sourcing from unethical sources is an increasing problem for organisations. A lot of time and energy can be spent, across an organisation, in inefficiently sourcing these goods and services. Source: PPAI Research.

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

Talking Logistics

Finds a Faulty Shipping Safety Net for Brexit (WSJ – sub. Source: “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation,” Adelante SCM & BluJay Solutions, 2018. is deploying robots to retrieve bins filled with apparel, electronics and other products from shelves and deliver them to workers who pick individual items. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Are you’re still looking for a personal challenge this year?

Welcome Puff, The Magic Dragon, to Your Team

Supply Chain Shaman

Pirate ships would lower their flag when puff roared out his name oh. My stepson calls them tidy whiteys) Imagine a boring, basic apparel item. These included cloud-based computing, in-memory processing, parallel computation, and open-source analytics. The rise of pattern recognition, machine learning, semantic reasoning, text mining, and open source analytics capabilities opened-up new possibilities to drive improvement. Open Source analytics.

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The Benefits of Private Label Brands

SupplyPike

Right from the commercially prepared diet for canines to apparel, Walmart has been a great destination for consumers with its offerings in the form of the choicest substitutes to famous brands in several classes. Private label brands are the source of 20-25% of Walmart’s total sales. Learn all about: What private label brands are How Walmart uses them Why private label brands should be used.

A Supply Chain Christmas Carol

Freightos

Whether it’s agile sourcing of hoverboards or finding the perfect gift for the person who has everything, technology is fixing the problem for good. The Ghost of Christmas past may have been a year-long production cycle, with proprietary tech and careful sourcing. The production for Christmas Present is one of perpetual flux and readiness, from R&D, sourcing and assembly to distribution. Source: Soar Boards, via Flickr.

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ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter

Logility

For example, apparel trends, fit—active, slimming, skinny—style and color; or industry products—made with recycled material, and so on. Temporal data—sources should be developed such as consumer trends, competitive offerings, weather, local events and so on that might affect demand in that location. Integrate and align these information models and sources between demand activities, such as promotions, to assure meeting required stocking levels.

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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Why investors are looking at supply chain technologies in 2020

Requis

Supply chains are going to need to be more flexible and resilient in the face of unexpected change, and able to shift sourcing and distribution in days or weeks, instead of in months or years. Waste from plastics is a big issue for the circular economy, as is waste in fashion and apparel.”.

Supply Chain Best Practices: The Customer-Obsessed Supply Chain

Elementum

Since then, free and fast shipping has ceased to be a privilege and is now an expectation. The truth is that physical storefronts still play a vital role in industries from apparel, to tech, to food and more. Digitizing to bridge sources of information is necessary for companies that want to cut excess from their operations in terms of time, inventory, and materials.

Fast Fashion's Inventory Woes: 3 Ways Retailers Can Stay in Business

Elementum

A prime example is Amazon, the e-commerce juggernaut that’s set to overtake Macy's as the largest apparel retailer. The company normalized premium subscriptions and free 2-day shipping, forever altering shoppers’ expectations of how speedy and flexible brands should be. With sustainability remaining a hot-button issue, many consumers are also starting to care more about the source of their clothes and to prioritize quality over quantity.

Is This Fashion Trend Disrupting Your Supply Chain?

Elementum

Real-time technology was also utilized to better coordinate and streamline manufacturing and shipping. It was considered a success, but the company could have further capitalized on it if they had optimized their forecast system for apparel demand. This is achieved through a three-point system: Closing the loop in the apparel supply chain: This is done when a used garment is brought back to its original fiber form and then recreated into something new.

Preparing for the Retail Holiday Season during the Pandemic

Enterra Insights

Lauren Thomas ( @laurenthomas ) reports, “America’s department stores are on a sinking ship, racing for a lifeboat that might not be big enough for all of them.”[2] But many chains in hard-hit discretionary categories, like apparel, would still see sales fall 5% to 10% during the holiday shopping season from a year ago, according to Fitch, the ratings company.”[4]

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Supply Chain Best Practices: The Customer-Obsessed Supply Chain

Elementum

Since then, free and fast shipping has ceased to be a privilege and is now an expectation. The truth is that physical storefronts still play a vital role in industries from apparel, to tech, to food and more. Digitizing to bridge sources of information is necessary for companies that want to cut excess from their operations in terms of time, inventory, and materials.

Fast Fashion's Inventory Woes: 3 Ways Retailers Can Stay in Business

Elementum

A prime example is Amazon, the e-commerce juggernaut that’s set to overtake Macy's as the largest apparel retailer. The company normalized premium subscriptions and free 2-day shipping, forever altering shoppers’ expectations of how speedy and flexible brands should be. With sustainability remaining a hot-button issue, many consumers are also starting to care more about the source of their clothes and to prioritize quality over quantity.

Modernizing the Retail Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

Unfortunately, the adoption rate is still relatively low, ranging from 26% for home improvement stores to 33% for apparel and footwear. He explains, “Supply chain networks need to provide greater visibility into every aspect of operations, from initial sourcing to the last mile, including fulfilment. When most people think about the retail sector, they think about front-end selling. Without the back-end supply chain, however, retailers would have nothing to sell.

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Ecommerce COVID-19 Advice: How to Manage Online Sales During COVID-19 [New Tips Updated Weekly]

ShipBob

COVID-19 ecommerce shipping and fulfillment FAQs. At the bare minimum, this includes acknowledging COVID-19 and your shipping status. If you had copy on your ecommerce site about shipping info, both warm and cold prospects won’t know if that’s up-to-date. At the very end he mentioned they’re still shipping but the core of the message was about how to help. What does your COVID-19 ecommerce shipping process look like?

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

6 River Systems

The new facility will allow the company to offer two-day shipping to most (about 90%) of the U.S. Strategies include sourcing more items directly from manufacturers to improve margins, SKU rationalization and space reduction, “show more carry less” and assisted-store ordering. When customers order items not stocked at one of Belk’s fulfillment centers, those items are shipped directly from the vendor. PST will ship the same day.

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Purchases in the center store of the grocery store are in decline, and apparel tastes are shifting. There is more in-transit inventory–sitting on the water in larger ships, in-transit through international sourcing strategies, or work with contract manufacturers–as a result, to avoid inventory write-offs, the foot needs to hit the brake faster. Volatility. Demand redefined. Economic markets plummeting… D aily we see the financial charts roll across the news.