Historic disruption has showcased the fragility of fashion’s supply chains and exposed risk throughout its sourcing bases. Today, visibility is essential – whether it’s into delivery timelines, manufacturing operations, material provenance, or the true scope of labour.
To overcome uncertainty and capture new opportunities, nearly every role in fashion will be influenced by technology. We explore what this means for fashion professionals - in writing, and in person as part of a new live event partnership.
How far has the vision for end-to-end digital transformation been realised? And how prepared are the next generation of fashion talent? We put together a unique event, in partnership with The University Of Manchester and a panel of forward-thinking technology vendors, to find out.
In early 2022, we are seeing a continuation of the challenges triggered and exacerbated by the pandemic last year. These challenges include high shipping costs, the disappearance of available containers, labor shortages in transportation and manufacturing, and factory closures due to virus outbreaks. While some supply chain tensions have eased, many obstacles remain, and new ones may arise.
Fashion has set a mandate for transparency. But where brands see hidden information waiting to be uncovered, suppliers might see open doors through which their intellectual property could escape. Is there a way forward that works for both parties?
Could COVID spell the end of lean manufacturing? Efficiency, waste reduction, and other important metrics will be better served by production floor data and objective supply chain insights - the cornerstones of the fourth industrial revolution.