How to Design a Successful Apparel Supply Chain


Apparel is an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Planners need to contend with inconsistent consumer buying behavior, the need to satisfy multiple channels, complex sourcing options and proliferating “sub-seasons,” collections and assortments. 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.

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?

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

Gravity Supply Chain

Sourcing: Mitigate risk during periods of supply chain disruption, such as those caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, by using digital technology. . The post Sourcing – What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruption appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain.

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!

Universal Supply Chain Misconceptions or “Global Sourcing Lies”


In a recent Sourcing Journal Online article, Sourcing is Hard , Mike Todaro, managing director of the Americas Apparel Producers’ Network, quotes Barbara Zeins, an industry expert that published a short list of “9 Big FAT Garment Lies,” which we might as well call “Global Sourcing Lies,” more generally. The post Universal Supply Chain Misconceptions or “Global Sourcing Lies” appeared first on Directworks. Blog Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain

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. Counter to what many people think, apparel supply chains are complex and demanding with global sourcing, long lead times, short selling seasons, and demand uncertainty. Ed shared several best practices as well as what an apparel company could expect from an optimized supply chain.

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. Counter to what many people think, apparel supply chains are complex and demanding with global sourcing, long lead times, short selling seasons, and demand uncertainty. Ed shared several best practices as well as what an apparel company could expect from an optimized supply chain.

What is the True Cost of Sustainable Apparel from Bangladesh? Insights from Harvard “Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry” Conference


Rejaul is from Bangladesh, and is working on his PhD in the College of Textiles at NC State University, and is passionate on the subject of sustainable apparel from his home country. This week he provided a great set of summaries from the Harvard Conference on “Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry” held on September 24 at the Harvard Law School. What are the major facts inhibiting the Bangladesh apparel industry in being safe and sustainable?

Checkpoint Launches First RFID-Based EAS Solution for Apparel Retailers

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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. Enables retailers to fight all sources of theft. Checkpoint Systems, Inc.

What it's really going to take for sustainability to work [Sourcing Journal]


The thing about sustainability in the apparel industry is that brands and retailers are either embracing it of their own accord, finding themselves backed into a corner with little other option, or faking it until they make it. I’m kind of pessimistic when it comes to sustainability, compliance, traceability,” Sourcing Journal president Edward Hertzman said speaking on a Texworld USA supply chain panel Monday. Read the rest of the article at Sourcing Journal.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

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. 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.

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.

Getting Bangladesh’s Apparel Industry on the Map

Supply Chain Brain

Several major apparel brands and retailers, including J.C. The goal of the three-year undertaking is to assemble key information about each factory, including business name, GPS coordinates, business license, safety inspections and apparel brands served. Staff members from BRAC University are using the Sourcemap platform as they travel throughout Bangladesh to personally visit every apparel factory in the country.

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. This incident, and three others during 2013-14, challenged the sourcing strategies of large […]. 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.

Apparel Industry Growing Pessimistic About Future Due to Trade Issues

Material Handling and Logistics

Sourcing executives are more cautious today and less optimistic about the five-year outlook for the U.S. fashion industry.

Common questions in sustainable textile supply chains


Responsibly sourcing your textile raw materials can be quite a challenge. You need to be absolutely sure you’re sourcing from the right places. At ChainPoint, we often hear a number of questions from the textiles and apparel sector…. textile supply chain textile apparelYou need to be sure your raw materials are sustainable and that working conditions are fair and safe.

Sourcing promotional products the right way


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. So what is the right way for companies to source promotional goods effectively in order to maximise the considerable benefits promotional products offer? Source: PPAI Sales Volume Study Summary.

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? Sadly we all know that missed internal deadlines drain profit from many apparel brands: Merchandise Planning didn’t align demand forecasts with Sourcing. For most apparel companies, it is the cycle from product to customer.

Zumba selects PLM solution to manage apparel product growth

Supply Chain Movement

“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. The lifestyle brand also designs, develops and sells apparel from active wear essentials to fashion-infused designs, offering a range of pieces that transition effortlessly from the studio to the streets. Zumba is implementing Lectra Fashion PLM to manage its active wear line.

See the Supply Chain Behind the Timberland Yellow Boot


Over the past few months Timberland's parent company VF Corporation has made waves in the responsible sourcing world, from publishing science-based targets to announcing a boycott of Brazilian leather. Apparel Environmental Impact News Supply Chain Transparency Transparency

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


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. For example, a small up-market Italian or French brand will need to contend with issues such as whether to encourage ethical suppliers in Asia, or to “near-source” from Eastern European, or to local source from nearby artisanal producers?

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Global Supply Chain News on Western Apparel Companies Increasingly Look to Africa for Sourcing, but Many Challenges Remain for the Continent

Supply Chain Digest

Monthly Wages Average Just 21 Dollars in Ethiopia Versus a Whopping 67 in Bangladesh. Plus, You Can Grow Your Own Cotton

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. This article discusses new crowd sourcing apps that could allow brand owners a tool to better protect their reputation. Labor Procurement/Sourcing Retail Social Media Supply Chain Risk Management brand equity corporate responsibility extended supply chains

The Clothing Supply Chain – From the High Fashion Runway to Landfill!

Supply Chain Game Changer

According to the global apparel market is expected to be $1.5 reports apparel and textile industry waste as follows: Nearly 20% of global waste water is produced by the fashion industry. Statista reports that the apparel resale market, that is sales of second hand, or used, clothing through vintage stores, thrift stores or consignment stores , had a value of $20 Billion US dollars in 2017. Source: and GlobalData. Subscribe Here!

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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.)

Texworld USA Transparency and Traceability Panel - What we learned.


Panelists from left to right: Maggie Kervick (GCNYC Director of Strategy & Integrated Partnerships), Juliette Barre (Director of Business Development and Marketing, Sourcemap), Leslie Ferrick (Senior Manager of Fabric R&D/Sourcing Dept., Juliette joined moderator Maggie Kervick (GCNYC Director of Strategy & Integrated Partnerships) with panelists Karen Newman (United Nations Consultant), Leslie Ferrick (Senior Manager of Fabric R&D/Sourcing Dept.,

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand


Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. The on-going tariffs levied by the Trump administration in 2018 against China has also made this option significantly more expensive for sourcing.

Focus on Africa: The Continent Brings New Light for Sourcing

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apparel and footwear companies In recent years, Africa has emerged as a particularly attractive manufacturing option for U.S.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of July 9, 2015

Supply Chain Digest

Walmart Charging Vendors for Inventory, The Panama Canal is Filling Up, Apparel Companies See Africa as Next Source of Low Costs, China Stock Market Tumbling, Impacts to Follow

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.

Responding to Supply Chain Disruption Amid COVID-19


T he apparel industry, for instance, is bracing for a prolonged period of low activity. There is a strategic incentive in understanding the optimal sourcing location for specific customers, and the optimal sourcing location for different resources. Review the study below to see how you can apply constraints in N etwork Design Navigator to identify the optimal sourcing location, while minimizing both production and distribution costs. .

Visit us at PRIME SOURCE FORUM, March 13-14, in Hong Kong


Meet with the Pivot88 team at Prime Source Forum taking place at The Langham Hong Kong on March 13- 14. Hope to see you there: Prime in the apparel Industry, Source of Knowledge and ideas, Forum for Global leaders. The post Visit us at PRIME SOURCE FORUM, March 13-14, in Hong Kong appeared first on Pivot88.

Managing supply chains in a fragile environment

Supply Chain View from the Field

A major provider of apparel is seeking to bypass 3PL in the hopes of taking out costs, but are in fact being bypassed themselves by the retailer. Forecasting Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Supply Chain Management Gerard Chick and I had a good chat over skype this morning, and we both started jotting down a few facts… Banks are buying up gold and moving currency out since 2009.

What Happens to Retail in Fall 2020?


The team that carries a significant portion of this workload is the product development / sourcing team. Product development / sourcing team members work with supply chain to position raw materials. Most apparel companies chose to take a finance led approach.

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Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion


While the accessibility of online-only ventures is helping the small apparel retailers, bigger companies like H&M, Under Armour and Zara continue to focus on the supply of fashion through both online and bricks and mortar.

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