The move is Targets latest in a push for increased transparency in its supply chain

The move is Target's latest in a push for increased transparency in its supply chain

As part of ongoing efforts to increase transparency across its global supply chain, US department store retailer Target Corp is rolling out a new technology platform to boost the speed and quality of product inspections at 50 of its apparel vendors in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

The move builds on Target's existing relationship with quality assurance and inspection software firm Inspectorio, which makes mobile applications for supply-chain inspections.

Target has been working with the firm since it was selected for its Techstars Retail Accelerator Program last year. In January, the Minneapolis-based retailer was the lead investor in Inspectorio's US$3.7m round of funding.

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The startup aims to reinvent the inspection process, bringing technology and transparency into the complex retail supply chain with mobile and web solutions that can manage purchase orders, book inspections, generate reports for retailers, predict defections in products, and provide factory risk assessments and reports on their inspections.

"While we love the ease that Inspectorio's new technology will bring, we're most excited about two things: first, having this kind of transparency will allow us to make real-time decisions about our products. And second, it will help us greatly improve the consistency and quality of the products we offer, making it really clear where and how they're made," explainsIrene Quarshie, Target's vice president of product quality and responsible sourcing.

Earlier this month, Target pledged to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for its owned and exclusive apparel brands, introducing a new policy to help guide the way.

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The move was the latest in a series of commitments around responsible sourcing and sustainable products, including chemicals, packaging and eliminating forced labour.