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Lee Adendorff

Articles by Lee Adendorff

2016 saw several new fibre and sustainability initiatives2016 – A year in review – Sustainability winners and losers 16 December 2016

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 countries2016 – A year in review – Sourcing winners and losers 15 December 2016

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.

New technologies will help reduce supply chain complexity2016 – A year in review – Production winners and losers 14 December 2016

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.

Store closures and bankruptcies weighed on some apparel retailers in 20162016 – A year in review – Retail winners and losers 13 December 2016

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.

Garment and textile businesses are among the most frequent customers of debtor or receivables financeDebtor finance products a growing niche in fashion 29 November 2016

Specialised debtor finance products for the garment industry is a niche area that continues to grow – with services increasingly being offered worldwide.

Pre-configured PLM packages can help cut down implementation timeTimelines to plan for a successful PLM project 5 August 2016

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.

A PLM roadmap is a key document for selecting the right PLMTools to help choose an apparel PLM vendor 4 August 2016

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.

Incorporating data from supply chain partners can provide insights for decision makingHow to determine if PLM is right for your company 3 August 2016

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.

The evolution of PLM as a means to manage the supply chain and fuel growth has been gradualUtilising PLM to fuel growth and fulfil demand 2 August 2016

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.

Indonesia moves to solve middle management shortages 6 June 2016

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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