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.
Smart manufacturing can be a nebulous term, but Joachim Hensch has helped put it into practice for one of the world's most recognisable brands. His definition carries a lot of weight.
Following the disruption caused by COVID, brand and supplier relationships must evolve to deliver true visibility - starting on the factory floor.
How the principles of cloud architecture and digital asset management could provide a template for a more futureproof model of production and fulfilment.
The Portuguese textile industry has been a case study in overcoming disruption and seizing uncommon opportunities. In 2021, there’s a lot fashion could learn from its history.
Brands have long accepted serious limitations on visibility into procurement and production. The last year has made the strongest case to date for breaking down those barriers - to brands' and suppliers' mutual benefit.
There are a number of urgent reasons for brands and retailers to understand the scope and shape of their supply chains. Any smart sourcing strategy should start at the raw material level, which makes cotton the perfect case study.
How will the industry react to disrupted supply chains and accelerated consumer demands for sustainability and customization? Opportunity for change, or back to business as usual?
Replacing traditional dyeing methods with new digital solutions has the potential to transform an overlooked area of production. But how far can digital dyeing go, and what does a future ecosystem built around it look like?
The pandemic has intensified underlying problems with fashion supply chains. To cope with volatility and manage the unexpected, retailers and manufacturers now have the unavoidable task of evolving their manufacturing models through a hybrid of AI and IoT.