As readers of The Interline’s Sustainability Report 2023 will know, the root causes of fashion’s negative environmental and social impacts lie deep in the long-unchanged cycle of forecasting, planning, design, development and production.
From high volumes of markdowns, and excess inventory flooding sales channels, to long, error-prone sourcing and production processes, a lot of what it takes to bring products to market carries with it decades’ worth of inefficiency and bloat. But for fashion brands and their value chain partners, migrating away from these entrenched processes can be daunting proposition.
Instead, from sustainability to streamlining design, technology initiatives have focused on iterative improvements to existing models in search of speed and efficiency. When what the industry really needs is a fundamental re-architecting of the entire value chain.
To examine the mandate for that foundational shift in fashion, and what a redesigned, real-time value chain that addresses each of these challenges might look like, The Interline and PlatformE have partnered to create a new whitepaper – “Rearchitecting Fashion: Getting Results Through Real-Time Data” – which is available to download directly from the PlatformE website.
The whitepaper underlines the importance of brands and their value chain partners working together to reduce lead times, cut waste, boost profitability, deliver traceability and accountability, and realise other mutual benefits – all by replacing traditional, manual, disconnected processes with real-time collaboration.
Download the paper to learn more about why and how the fashion model has fallen out of lockstep with the pace of modern retail, and to discover more about PlatformE’s RealTime solution, which could emerge as a new foundation on which to rearchitect fashion’s outdate processes – reducing risk, aligning supply more closely with demand, and replacing a linear, inefficient cycle with real-time collaboration.
To find out more about PlatformE’s solutions – including RealTime – visit the company’s Tech Hub listing here at The Interline, or read our recent collaborative story. Or explore the PlatformE website.
OR TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PLATFORME, VISIT THE COMPANY’S TECH HUB LISTING HERE AT THE INTERLINE, OR DISCOVER REALTIME AT THE COMPANY’S WEBSITE