Improving Cost, Quality and Speed in the Fashion Industry: Part 3

Posted by Clarissa Willis on July 29, 2019

The only thing that is certain in the fashion industry, is change itself. Although the volatility and challenges plaguing the footwear and apparel industry may make the outlook look rather bleak, CEO’s that are able to embrace this as a catalyst for change will come out stronger and more resilient longer-term.

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Topics: Apparel, Global Sourcing, Global Trade Management, Sourcing Optimization

Ethical Sourcing - The Business Imperative (and Advantage)

Posted by Clarissa Willis on July 15, 2019

Technology has made it possible to have almost all human knowledge at our fingertips, but this easy access to information has brought about the age of the informed consumer. More than ever before people are doing research on items before they make a purchase, taking everything into consideration. Product reviews, price, and quality are usually the focus. However, some consumers dig even deeper and ask about where and how a product was created, and how it will impact the environment after it is no longer useful. Goods that are produced by child or forced labor, are funding violent groups, or churn out massive amounts of pollution, are viewed negatively by consumers. This mindset at the dawn of the age of the informed consumer has no doubt been a driving factor in cultivating the demand for companies to focus more on their corporate social responsibility.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Supplier Management, Sourcing Optimization, Product Management

Global Supply Chain Solutions for Life Sciences

Posted by Clarissa Willis on June 10, 2019

The Life Sciences industry faces unique pressures not seen by any other industry, because of the direct impact it has on the life and death of human lives. Hiccups and mistakes in the global trade management of life sciences products can be catastrophic for not only the patients who didn’t receive the medicine or device they needed in time, but also for the company that was responsible for producing the product. Gaps in quality and speed-to-market can easily create a bad reputation for your brand and leave you with hefty legal liabilities.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management, Life Sciences

Improving Cost, Quality and Speed in the Fashion Industry: Part 1

Posted by Clarissa Willis on May 22, 2019

Fashion is a tricky business, and gaining cost, quality and speed advantages can be difficult to do in an already complicated and competitive market. There are seasonal changes where products must be designed, developed, sourced, tested and imported and exported in a limited amount of time. Of course, this increased pressure to move quicker in getting products to market can make it more difficult to maintain a quality. If this wasn't enough to deal with, there are also the chaos customers create by not following trends, often making demand unpredictable. The list of challenges goes on and on. However, amid these ongoing struggles, and fluctuations in the global economy over the last few years, the footwear and apparel industry still has a chance to successfully adapt and thrive.

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Topics: Apparel, Global Trade Management Software, GTM Best Practices, Global Trade Management

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