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Articles by Lee Adendorff
A biodegradable sports shoe made from spider silk protein fibres and initiatives to recycle plastic ocean waste into fabrics were among the green highlights of 2016, but modern slavery and synthetic microfibres came under fire.
2016 remained a mixed bag for many garment-making countries. While some saw higher exports along with improved labour rights and workplace conditions, others were burdened by political unrest, terrorism – and the surprise election of Donald Trump as the next US president.
The use of robotics, digital and 3D manufacturing are all moving the apparel industry towards a fast, flexible response and customised products, but logistics upsets and labour issues refuse to go away.
A local-for-local manufacturing vision, expansion in Asia, robotic warehousing and automated delivery systems helped lift some retailers during 2016, but concerns over conditions and working practices, store closures and bankruptcies weighed on others.
Specialised debtor finance products for the garment industry is a niche area that continues to grow – with services increasingly being offered worldwide.
It may sound like tautology, but planning really does work better when well planned. Indeed, planning to implement a planning tool is no small feat, and introducing a product lifecycle management PLM solution to an apparel business has a lifecycle all of its own.
Product lifecycle management (PLM) has become so entrenched in modern manufacturing that it has spawned its own academic discipline and a massive body of research. And some common themes are evident when it comes to selecting a PLM vendor.
Companies trying to determine if product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions are right for them should note that size is not an obstacle; these systems can be useful to businesses of nearly any size.
Faster time-to-market is perhaps one of the clearest advantages of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, as greater supply chain transparency enables more efficiencies to be made, from the designer’s pen to the store shelf. But connecting to other business processes through PLM, such as retail metrics, supplier inventory as well predictive analytics to forecast consumer choices, is opening up an array of new business possibilities.
A new textile training academy in the city of Solo on the Indonesian island of Java is an important step towards addressing the critical shortage of middle managers in the country's garment industry, according to chairman of the Indonesia textile association Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API).
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