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Roit Kathiala

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The future of fashion supply chains – Part II 18 September 2020

The second in a two-part series on the future of fashion supply chains proposes that digital supply chains have the potential to unlock endless possibilities across an organisation that take decision-making, responsiveness, customer service and profitability to another level. Roit Kathiala sets out some key steps to get there.


Fashion retailers must ensure that they use digital tools to engage consumers and offer new experiencesThe future of fashion supply chains – Part I 20 August 2020

The first in a two-part series on the future of fashion supply chains takes a look at the changing face of fashion retailing – and why digitising supply chains can unlock large efficiencies, improve transparency and reduce costs to help companies survive and thrive. By Roit Kathiala.


The need for a greener and more sustainable apparel supply chain has been reverberating both upstream and downstreamTackling greenhouse gas emissions in fashion supply chains 28 July 2020

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions – making it imperative that fashion supply chains find more environmentally friendly ways of operating. The journey starts with the first step of understanding and measuring the impacts, as Roit Kathiala explains.


Moving garments on hangers from factory to store can offer convenience, reduced packaging waste, in-store cost savings and other efficienciesGarments on Hangers – Strategies for a digital world 22 June 2020

"To hang or to box" is a question that has long been debated within the fashion retail supply chain. With companies now emerging from the coronavirus pandemic looking to reconfigure their supply chains to withstand future disruptions, the way garments are moved from factory to consumer is a critical consideration as the industry pivots to a digital future – Roit Kathiala decodes.


Manufacturers must realign with the changing needs of the fast-shifting fashion business if they are to thrive in the coming decadesManufacturers must future-proof as fashion gets faster 26 May 2020

If there's one thing the coronavirus pandemic has exposed, it's that successful retailers and brands are the ones who are nimble, agile and flexible to meet customers' rapidly changing needs. Here, Roit Kathiala sets out steps for manufacturers to realign with this fast-shifting fashion business if they want to stay relevant in the coming decades. 


To drive real change, sustainable principles must be adopted across the complete supply chain ecosystemSustainable supply chains – A force for real change 30 April 2020

The supply chain has the potential to be the single biggest force for change in the sustainability of the global fashion industry. Here Roit Kathiala sets out steps to transform supply chain ecosystems for maximum impact.


Short-term impacts could mean a drop in store visits and an increased shift to online shoppingCoronavirus disruption – How will fashion companies emerge? 18 March 2020

How retail and fashion companies and their supply chains might fare coming out of the coronavirus crisis – and possible longer-term impacts on social trends and behaviour.


AI creates an unparalleled opportunity to bridge the gap between electronic and physical sales channelsDigital and AI are reimagining retail. Are supply chains next? 11 March 2020

AI enabled digital tools are taking personalisation and customer service to the next level, not just online, but in physical stores as well. Where does this leave supply chains? asks Roit Kathiala.


Micro-factories can provide the speed of response and mass customisation that customers wantMicro-factories – The future of fashion manufacturing? 7 February 2020

The globalisation of fashion supply chains has seen fashion manufacturers in developed high wage countries lose business to larger scale suppliers in lower cost countries. But the trend towards digitisation and mass customisation means micro-factories close to customers will be a key component in the future of fashion manufacturing, according to Roit Kathiala – with benefits including speed-to-market, flexibility and a lower carbon footprint.


Shifting apparel supply chains away from China is easier in theory than in practiceChina sourcing – Fall of the dragon and rise of the rest 15 January 2020

As the tariff war rages between US and China, the key question facing many apparel companies sourcing from China is: Where to go next? The problem is real, but shifting supply chains is easier said than done, writes Roit Kathiala.


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