Getting Bangladesh’s Apparel Industry on the Map

Supply Chain Brain

Penney , Benetton and Carrefour , were reported to have products being manufactured at the Rana Plaza factory. 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.

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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?

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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. The garment manufacturers ordered other workers to go in.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Manufacturing Pulse Report 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The manufacturing sector is in the midst of a period of great change. JDA’s Manufacturing Pulse report examining consumer industries has revealed that in the last 12 months, more than two-fifths (42%) of European adults have bought goods directly from a manufacturer. This shift to direct selling is making itself felt on manufacturers’ supply chains and their profitability. As omni-channel comes to the manufacturing sector, disruption will inevitably follow.

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The Importance of Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Clothing manufacturers make pieces of clothing both for the local and export markets. Countries like China, Bangladesh, and India all are battling for offering a superior cost to the pieces of clothing purchasers to hold the export share high. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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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. 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.

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

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

GlobalTranz

manufacturing is not experiencing a “renaissance” Industry experts conservatively acknowledge that off-shoring has slowed, and perhaps “stabilized” Although around 80,000 manufacturing jobs have come back to the U.S. In fact, since the recession, more manufacturing companies have been lost than gained in the U.S. Manufacturing has gained 700,000 jobs since 2010. However, there are a million fewer manufacturing jobs than in 2008.

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Analytics Should Focus on A Culture of Factory Safety for Workers in Low Cost Country Manufacturing

NC State SCRC

For analytics to become truly effective in global manufacturing settings, veracity and consistency are critical requirements. This will never work – particularly as we move into an era of global outsourcing and contract manufacturing in low cost countries such as Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and others in Asia.

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Shortages in Medical Supplies Linked to Imports

Logistics Trends and Insights

Another idea is perhaps to identify ‘critical’ manufacturing, such as medical supplies and equipment and provide incentives to produce more within the U.S. Bangladesh. Volumes from Bangladesh, meanwhile, were down over 38%.

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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.

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The World Needs More Fertilizer — and That’s No Bulls**t

Enterra Insights

Those inputs have always been key, but it was only about a century ago that humanity learned to manufacture mass-produced ammonia-based nutrients. They have developed a greener alternative to the Haber-Bosch method for manufacturing fertilizer ingredients.

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Mindmap for an ethical supply chain

Supply Chain Movement

As a result of the growth in the outsourcing of manufacturing worldwide, ethical problems are also increasing in the supply chain: a catastrophic fire in a contract manufacturer’s overcrowded factory in Bangladesh and recalls of branded products containing harmful substances, to name but a few. The global manufacturing landscape is changing considerably, and rapidly. There is also a rising number of recalls as contract manufacturers cut corners on raw materials.

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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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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.     For example, it was not a simple task to identify the person who was responsible for the collapse of the factory building in Rana Plaza (Bangladesh).    The press exposed Mattel’s contract manufacturer (Lee Der) fairly quickly.  Christopher S.

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The Food Supply Chain and the War in Ukraine

Enterra Insights

Clay explains, “For manufactured goods, China largely dominates global trade. If you don’t think Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine will impact your life, you’re seriously mistaken. It already has.

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Honk, if You’re Driving Green This Earth Day

Arena Solutions

Water pollution shrank or completely stopped on the beaches of Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Maldives. Lucid Motors is an EV company that manufactures the fastest-charging luxury EV in the world.

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Digitizing the COVID Vaccine: India’s Got This Figured Out

NC State SCRC

To begin with, it helps that India is one of the largest manufacturers of vaccines in the world. India’s domestic vaccine program administers one of two shots: the AstraZeneca Plc vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India Ltd. ,

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The Fashion Supply Chain: Unraveling the Reality

Kinaxis

Cambodia, China, Taiwan, India – look at the ‘made in’ labels on your clothing and you’re likely to find these popular clothing manufacturing countries. 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.

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Supply Chain Management in Apparel Industry

SCMDOJO

Design is the first step that happens in apparel manufacturing. Next, the raw materials are used to manufacture and put together the designs. Countries, especially in South Asia, like China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, etc.,

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Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

Supply Chain Movement

Bangladesh. In this fast-paced world, where there is also increasing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint, global fashion and luxury goods manufacturers have to redesign their go-to-market strategy to meet demand in a cost-efficient and sustainable way: Plan. Fashion and luxury goods manufacturers are defining their own seasons, which is making the planning of campaigns more complex.

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

NC State SCRC

Nowhere are disruptions more prevalent than in Low Cost Countries (LCC’s), which have become the focal point for outsourced contract manufacturing for major apparel brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Gap, Apple, and others. As organizations have expanded their supply chains globally, they have moved to outsourced manufacturing that reduces cost, but which also exposes their brand to greater risk.

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Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

In attendance are manufacturing representatives from BASF, BerryGlobal, Corning, Covestro, Grace, Evonik, Intel, Monsanto, and Smith’s Detection. Technologists and manufacturers working together to try to define multi-tier processes to redefine B2B. Stuck, only 10% of manufacturers are driving improvement. (90% 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.

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Supply Chains Continue to Be Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered

Enterra Insights

Other recent factors exacerbating the delays include the Suez Canal blockage, COVID-19 outbreaks at shipping hubs in Southern China as well as factories in Vietnam and Bangladesh, and floods in Western Europe and China’s Henan province.”

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Audit Safe?

Supply Chain Shaman

The PCA factory that manufactured the peanut butter was certified as safe by the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Just two months later, more than 100 people died in a garment fire in Bangladesh in November 2012. It was an order being manufactured by a supplier of Walmart. 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.

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Before and After Rana Plaza: from Reaction to Prevention

EcoVadis

Locke puts it , “Global brands and buyers pressure their suppliers to reduce costs, manufacture on shorter deadlines, and produce a greater variety of products in smaller batches”. 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.

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Made in?

Pivot88

The current state of the US-China trade war has thrown a question mark into the mix for manufacturing. Many companies are exploring new manufacturing bases, including Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia. We hope that you’re winding down for the holidays and treating yourself to some time off with your family and loved ones. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably also already thinking about next year and the things you want to change.

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Optimise Sustainability Through Vendor and Factory Engagement

EV Cargo Technology

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. 37% of brands and retailers are publishing the list of their manufacturer s. The impact of sustainability is rising on the global fashion industry’s agenda and it’s having a knock-on effect on the buying behavior of consumers.

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Optimise Sustainability Through Vendor and Factory Engagement

EV Cargo Technology

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. 37% of brands and retailers are publishing the list of their manufacturer s. The impact of sustainability is rising on the global fashion industry’s agenda and it’s having a knock-on effect on the buying behavior of consumers.

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Supply chain woes drag down Nike sales

The Supply Chain Journal

Nike production of athletic shoes and apparel was hit hard by closures of contract manufacturing facilities in Vietnam and Indonesia. A few contract manufacturers under contract to Nike had their reopening plans approved by authorities this week.

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Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

The Netherlands secured first place based on the results from the large-scale survey among logistics decision-makers within manufacturing and retail companies in Germany. Bangladesh. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

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Port Congestion Update

Shipsy

Rice exports also have seen substantial movement to Bangladesh from Mundra , whereas the MHA has been pushing west Bengal government to start moving them via road as well. Major mobile phone manufacturers also have resumed operations in Uttar Pradesh, Bangalore and Chennai.

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