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.

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.


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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.     While some factory owners managed to run their factories without problems for some time, the whole world was shocked as we witness thousands of factory workers lost their lives when factory buildings in Bangladesh collapsed or caught on fire in 2013. By Sriram Puthucode and Christopher Tang.

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. This incident, and three others during 2013-14, challenged the sourcing strategies of large […]. Procurement/Sourcing Sustainability Rana Plaza Sustainable sourcing

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.

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. 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.

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

The recent press in the Wall Street Journal and other papers on Walmart’s fire in Bangladesh is raising the ire of corporate responsibility groups and human rights groups alike. And when they subcontract, and accidents happen (as in the Walmart Bangladesh fire), Walmart goes in and discovers that their product line was in that facility – and they had no idea!

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. This past March Disney announced that it was stopping production of branded merchandise in Bangladesh , due in part to the factory fire near Dhaka that killed 112 workers last September.

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.

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.

River ferry sinks in Bangladesh

Logistics Middle East

Two dead, at least 100 missing

3D Printing: Let’s Not Manufacture False Dawns

MIT Supply Chain

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

Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (October 25, 2019)

Talking Logistics

News Amazon ATA Truck Tonnage Index Bangladesh Best Buy CVS Death Valley drones free shipping JDRF Ride to Cure LLamasoft Manhattan Associates Open Analytics USMCA WalgreensAs expected, Death Valley was hot and windy last Saturday. My Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure teammates and I set off on our bikes as the sun was rising, and when we crossed the finish line hours later, we did so with smiles on our faces. I’ll let these photos from the 102.7 mile ride.

Problems at Biggest Vaccine Maker Leave World Short on Covid Shots

Supply Chain Brain

Around the world, from Bangladesh to Nepal to Rwanda, vulnerable hotspots have been grappling with stalled COVID-19 vaccination programs as they run out of doses.

Retail Vendor Performance Management News Round Up for December, 2019

Supply Chain Digest

RVCF Celebrating 20th Anniversary, CPG Companies Putting more Focus Back on Brick and Mortar, New Apparel Factory Deaths in India and Bangladesh

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Sept. 5, 2019

Supply Chain Digest

US PMI Falls below Key Level in August, Thousands of Trucks Taken off US Highway, New US Distribution Hubs Emerging, Companies Returning to Sourcing from 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

The Importance of Social Compliance in The Supply Chain

NFI Industries

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. In addition to how items are shipped, shippers should also have visibility to how and where products are made to ensure compliance across the entire supply chain. Read More. Global Supply Chain 3pl

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


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. Sourcemap is partnering with C&A Foundation and BRAC University (BRAC U) in Bangladesh to administer the survey. While on the ground in Dhaka, our team witnessed just how critical the garment industry was to Bangladesh.

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.

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, 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. Read the full article at [link]. Apparel Clients Ethical Trade Field Verification Press Supply Chain Transparency Traceability Social Compliance

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

Acquisitions, spending, lockdowns and more — Great Quarter, Guys

The Supply Chain Journal

Cox brings on retail and fashion consultant Rick Helfenbein to talk about how the latest wave of COVID-19 affecting Bangladesh will put stress on the fashion industry. This episode of Great Quarter, Guys is sponsored by Emerge.

Truth in Transparency


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. It pushed consumers to think about where their goods come from and the definition of supply chain itself. This week, Reuters asked in its headline: “Three Years After Rana Plaza Disaster, Has Anything Changed

What You Can’t See Can Hurt You – Is Your Supply Chain Really Transparent?


Incidents like the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh have led to new laws, but laws are not always followed which makes it incumbent upon your business to ensure your supply chain is ethical.

Reducing Collateral Damages by Imposing Collective Penalties

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Bangladesh is an attractive place for western companies (e.g.,   When more firms source from Bangladesh, more contract manufacturers enter the market to meet demand.    This trend has created the garment industry in Bangladesh that accounts for over 80% of the country's exports.    Donaldson (2014) commented that 20% of the factories in Bangladesh are simply unsafe.  Felipe Caro and Christopher S.

Shortages in Medical Supplies Linked to Imports

Logistics Trends and Insights

Bangladesh. Volumes from Bangladesh, meanwhile, were down over 38%. Disruptions in global trade have impacted businesses across all industries as well as by consumers at the cash register. Tariffs, political upheaval and more have caused many to rethink their stance on globalization.

Burma 116

India launches Myanmar shipping service

Logistics Middle East

Hopes move will help boost ties with Bangladesh

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.

Safety at Garment Factories: More than Just a Compliance Matter


Six years after the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh’s history, we ask the question: What is the status of safety at garment factories today? When the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh’ capital, Dhaka, in 2013, more than 1,100 people died and thousands more were injured. It became clear that safety standards and regulation are very poor in Bangladesh, the world’s second biggest garment industry after China.

Selecting a Supply Chain Technology Provider is Harder than it Seems

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

He was then posted to Mumbai, India as General Manager, South Asia, overseeing the growth and development of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Selecting a Supply Chain Technology Provider is Harder than it Seems.

How COVID variants could impact container and tanker shipping

The Supply Chain Journal

A seven-day nationwide lockdown in Bangladesh begins Thursday. Levi Strauss (NYSE: LEVI ) and H&M are among the retailers whose shipments could be affected by the Bangladesh lockdown, said Panjiva. Pandemic effects on global shipping — both negative and positive — are far from over.