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.
With the initial rush to 3D over, is digital product creation running the risk of overlooking the people who actually create products? Or does a true, end-to-end, 3D ecosystem have the potential to bridge the longstanding brand-supplier divide?