A new retail landscape is emerging and, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our challenges are equal parts complex, intertwined, and urgent.
After decades of guarding its supply chain secrets, the fashion industry finds itself needing to embrace transparency in a hurry. But how far does it need to go? And how can brands balance the cost and the opportunity of rethinking how they source? We talk to two of the authors of a new report that aims to tackle those questions.
Transparency has very quickly become one of the primary metrics upon which the fashion industry is measured, but are expectations evolving faster than the industry's ability to execute? Cotton could offer a template for bringing the two threads closer together.
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.