Bangladesh Clothes Factory Fire

SCM Research

At the end of last month, a garment factory fire in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured many more. In Bangladesh, mostly women and often children are exposed to risks from lacking fire safety standards in factories. Human rights groups urge Western governments to press retailers and apparel brands to join the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement.

Getting Bangladesh’s Apparel Industry on the Map

Supply Chain Brain

By some counts there are an estimated 11,000 garment factories in Bangladesh alone, many of them small and off the grid. Now, there’s an effort afoot to digitally map every garment factory in Bangladesh. Staff members from BRAC University are using the Sourcemap platform as they travel throughout Bangladesh to personally visit every apparel factory in the country. Expect the Bangladesh initiative to serve as a model for similar efforts around the world.

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. But incidents like Rana Plaza disaster (an eight-story factory collapsed, killing over 1,000 workers) brought to light non-existent safety measures.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor.

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

NC State SCRC

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. What is the fair price of an apparel product responsibly sourced from Bangladesh, and what price do apparel suppliers need to ensure a safe and sustainable work place and fair wages for the workers in Bangladesh? Are big name brands really paying a fair price to a supplier in Bangladesh?

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

News of the increasing death toll in Bangladesh continues to pour in, with the latest at 600 found dead in the rubble of the Rama factory complex. Demonstrators are protesting apparel offices (such as Gap’s offices in San Francisco) to demand better working conditions in Bangladesh factories. Some, like Disney and Nike, have announced that they simply won’t buy any apparel produced in Bangladesh.

Supply Chain Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

SCM Research

Practice Theory Bangladesh Corporate Social Responsibility Globalization Outsourcing Procurement Purchasing Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Two recent disasters in the garment industry, the Tazreen Fashions fire (2012) and the Rana Plaza building collapse (2013), have caused outrage over the lack of social responsibility across global supply chains.

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

In our ongoing discussion of labor and human rights violations in the supply chain, we’ve discussed in prior posts the problems that occurred in Bangladesh resulting in over 700 dead. Companies like Nike and Disney have publicly stated that they are not going to Bangladesh for apparel sourcing in the future. As noted in a Wall Street Journal article today , low cost countries all have the same problems that factories in Bangladesh do.

River ferry sinks in Bangladesh

Logistics Middle East

Two dead, at least 100 missing

Using mobile phones to monitor factory safety in Bangladesh

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

  Due to higher labor and operating costs in China, more western firms now source their products from Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam, etc.  Set up a fund to help defray the costs of building repairs and renovations, but Bangladesh government is required to participate. 

3D Printing: Let’s Not Manufacture False Dawns

Supply Chain @ MIT

The recent disaster in Bangladesh where hundreds of workers lost their lives when a building collapsed serves as a horrific reminder of this challenge. Filed under: Resilience , Security , Strategy Tagged: 3D printing , Bangladesh disaster , customization , mass production , product quality , product safety , supply chain visibility. Resilience Security Strategy 3D printing Bangladesh disaster customization mass production product quality product safety supply chain visibility

Global Supply Chain News on Plans by Retailers and Apparel Companies to Improve Bangladesh Factory Safety Finally Moving to Action Phase

Supply Chain Digest

VF Corp, Walmart Backing Relatively Low Cost Loans to Suppliers

The Importance of Social Compliance in The Supply Chain

Supply Chain Link

Recent tragedies such as the Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, has brought to light the. Supply chain transparency can be difficult to accomplish on a global scale.

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

This Tech Startup Could Revolutionize The Fashion Industry With Its Latest Project [Forbes]

Sourcemap

Sourcemap, a New York City tech start-up is building a platform, that could transform the fashion industry: a digital map of all clothing manufacturers in Bangladesh.

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

Truth in Transparency

APICS

It’s been three years since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that killed 1,135 garment workers when an eight-story building collapsed. The tragedy pushed company leaders to seek greater transparency in their supply chains.

Implications from the Rana Plaza Disaster (Guest Post by Brian Jacobs and Vinod Singhal)

SCM Research

Rana Plaza, an eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories employing approximately 5000 workers, collapsed on April 24, 2013. To examine this assumption, we studied the stock market reaction to 39 global apparel retailers with significant sourcing in Bangladesh. In fact, garment exports from Bangladesh have increased since 2013 even though substandard working conditions persist.

Sourcemap travels to Dhaka to launch massive digital mapping of Bangladeshi garment factories

Sourcemap

The Sourcemap team travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh last month to kick off the door-to-door census of every garment factory in the country: a Digital Ready-Made Factory Map of Bangladesh.

India launches Myanmar shipping service

Logistics Middle East

Hopes move will help boost ties with Bangladesh

Retail Vendor Performance Management News Round Up for February, 2018

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon to Keep Adding Lots of FC Space, Automation Coming to Bangladesh Apparel Factories, Walmart Q4 eCommerce Growth Slows

Global Logistics—January 2016

Inbound Logistics

sign liberalized air transport deal; global manufacturers shift production to Bangladesh, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam

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Supply Chain 2015

SCM Research

The report also contains an analysis of three selected sectors (retail, construction and pharmaceutical) and additional case studies, including a case study on the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh. Last week, a well-made special report by Raconteur, titled Supply Chain 2015 (pdf), was distributed in The Times of London. I very much enjoyed reading it.

India calls for more ships

Logistics Middle East

Lack of vessels to delay new route between India & Bangladesh

Empowering Responsible Value Chains

SCM Research

The Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 has opened the eyes of many supply chain managers: Implementing a socially responsible supply chain has, indeed, become an imperative for global corporations and the supply chain management discipline might be in the middle of a paradigm shift.

Optimise Sustainability Through Vendor and Factory Engagement

Adjuno

After the Rana Plaza incident five years ago in Bangladesh, the fashion industry called for change and the first vital step was to increase visibility and transparency in the supply chain.

Who is the weakest link in the supply chain?

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

When something bad happens at a factory in a developing country such as Bangladesh or China, the whole world wants to identify and punish the real culprit.   Christopher S.

Needed: A New Way to Manage Risk in Low Cost Countries

NC State SCRC

By deploying the “fast fashion” business model, the apparel industry began to outsource garment manufacture to suppliers and subcontractors in low-cost countries, such as China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. For example, in Bangladesh, mostly women and often children are exposed to risks from lacking safety standards in garment factories. A recent article (Chu, 2012) noted that low cost countries all have the same problems that factories in Bangladesh do.

Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

Fires in a Bangladesh sewing factory resulted in 112 deaths. Today, I am facilitating a share group. The dream is the building of Network of Networks. The goal is to close current gaps to build inter-enterprise visibility and improve inter-operability between businesses.

5 Reasons why Transparency is the Future

Pivot88

Nobody wants another tragedy like Rana Plaza in Bangladesh to happen. Never again. On April 24th 2013, the eight-storey building collapse caused the death of over 1,100 people, giving the world, and the fashion industry in particular, a very rude awakening.

Audit Safe?

Supply Chain Shaman

Just two months later, more than 100 people died in a garment fire in Bangladesh in November 2012. It takes many shapes … like the deaths of nine unknowing consumers. In 2008, 762 people became dangerously ill in 48 states from contaminated peanut butter in the United States.

The Fashion Supply Chain: Unraveling the Reality

Kinaxis

Apparently, the $67 a month workers make in Bangladesh was getting to be too costly. In April 2013, more than 1,100 factory workers lost their lives in the name of fashion in the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, now recognized as the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.

Before and After Rana Plaza: from Reaction to Prevention

EcoVadis

One consequence of squeezed budgets is the lack of health and safety oversight, which coupled with lax regulatory compliance practices have led to horrific incidents such as last November 2012 Tazreen fire , and the recent Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,000 factory workers in Bangladesh. In the wake of the Bangladesh accident, Wal-Mart made public a blacklist of more than 240 suppliers.

Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

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Ensuring Workers’ Rights in Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

A former journalist, she first became aware of the need for an intensive training regimen in Bangladesh, site of multiple labor violations and worker deaths. One of the company’s initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring application of the training to Tier 2 suppliers, although it has yet to proceed to that level. “We Just about every major manufacturer has a supplier code of conduct to ensure that workers are treated humanely.

Alternatives to Blockchain in Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

The Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 killed over 1,100 garment workers and injured more than 2,000. In the year before the collapse, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed several hundred workers.

Reshoring in America: The Future Outlook, Current Hindrances & Issues, and Ways to Stimulate Reshoring

Cerasis

Despite the disaster at the Savar garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, data indicates that many consumers continue to demand the cheapest obtainable goods, regardless of human cost.