For top footwear and apparel brands, getting your suppliers, testers, manufacturers and shippers on the same page is no easy task. Attendees at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Summit next week will learn how Brown Shoe Company achieved true supplier collaboration with solutions from Amber Road in a presentation on Tuesday.
Brown Shoe Company, which manages Famous Footwear, Sam Edelman, Via Spiga, and many other footwear brands, was confronted with rising costs stemming from its dependency on Chinese suppliers. Additionally, the company was experiencing speed-to-market issues from antiquated systems and processes. Brown Shoe Company devised a multi-year strategy to diversify its source mix and improve factory execution and on-time delivery. Central to its strategy was the need to improve supplier and extended partner collaboration across all phases of the design to delivery process.