Globalisation has accelerated the fashion industry to an unsustainable pace - in more ways than one. Can we escape that race to the bottom and do the right thing at the same time? New methods of manufacturing could hold the answer.
As well as offering a way to control overproduction, on-demand manufacturing could be the tool fashion needs to welcome empowered consumers and the creator economy into what has historically been a closed loop.
In light of constant supply chain scandals and the need to control cost, quality, and speed in an uncertain world, the factory of the future isn’t just a possibility for tomorrow – it’s a necessity today.
There is a stronger need than ever for brands and retailers to align their production with demand. Doing so requires visibility and transparency - two things that shop-floor control technology could provide.
The traditional supply chain is overdue for an overhaul, but how should you approach switching to a demand-chain?
As the world weighs up a move from high-volume, low-quality production to a new model, the need for accurate Bill of Labour data is greater than ever. And the tools we use to collect it must change.
ShapeShifter set out some guidelines for reducing fabric and operational waste in the apparel supply chain.
As retail channels reopen, the pressure is on brands to control the speed, delivery, and quality of their next collections. But traditional supply chain tools are not up to the task. Data integration and Applied AI offer a solution.
Fashion faces fresh and pre-existing challenges that require a new approach to production. How? The answer is already being put into practice. And the value is clear.
Apparel production has a reputation for being slow and environmentally unsound. Digital printing and production colour management could offer a different way.