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Three steps to the next generation of warehouse operations

4 July 2019 | Guest author

The next generation of warehouse operations can not only deliver new levels of retail profitability, but can stop margin erosion in its tracks. Craig Summers, UK managing director at Manhattan Associates, looks at steps retailers can take to make their warehouse operations succeed.... read more


Why design-to-cost is your trojan horse

4 June 2019 | Guest author

How can the world of fast fashion exploit lessons gleaned from the automotive industry? The answer lies in design-to-cost, says Dominic Jephcott, co-founder and managing partner of management consultancy Vendigital.... read more


Activating brand purpose – and putting it to work at Wrangler

23 April 2019 | Guest author

Over the last few years, there's been a lot of compelling information demonstrating the importance of a brand or organisation's purpose. Just like mission, vision, and values before it, purpose is gaining in critical mass as an organisational architecture trend. Here, Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans, discusses the methodologies involved in discovering brand purpose – and how it was put into practice at Wrangler.... read more


Applying the latest digital technologies to fashion product development

12 April 2019 | Guest author

There are a number of steps fashion industry executives can take to expedite design and development, stay at the forefront in an increasingly competitive landscape – and ultimately get a good night’s sleep. Andrew Dalziel, senior director, Industry Strategy, Infor, explains.... read more


How to balance colour quality, brand loyalty and cost

27 March 2019 | Guest author

Getting colour right while simultaneously managing costs can be an unexpected challenge for digital-native brands moving into brick-and-mortar territory. Here are some of the considerations retailers and brands need to make in order to balance customer colour experiences in-store, at-home and online.... read more


How real-time PLM can help fashion firms stay ahead

29 January 2019 | Guest author

Being nimble and agile enough to respond to demand from connected consumers is key to surviving and thriving in today's fashion world. Digitising business processes with a real-time PLM solution provides firms with the data analytics and insights to meet goals and deadlines, make faster decisions and react more quickly, as Terri Ghio, vice president of sales & operations at Visual Next, explains.... read more


How to manage the hem and haw of inventory

19 October 2018 | Guest author

As consumer buying habits and demands become ever more complex, inventory management is key to ensuring companies can quickly respond to any fluctuations in customer demand and maintain the flow of product availability.... read more


Trump to the American retail consumer – "You're Fired"

30 August 2018 | Guest author

We are all trying hard to rationalise or explain what the Trump administration is trying to do, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Apparently, we are attempting to stop unfair trade practices – promoted by China – by taxing ourselves and taking money out of our own pockets. Makes sense, right?... read more


Faster fashion – How to shorten the apparel calendar

29 May 2018 | Guest author

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitise the value chain, according to insight from McKinsey.... read more


Six ways retailers can keep up with digital trends

16 May 2018 | Guest author

Online fashion sales appear to be on an upward trajectory, generating GBP16.2bn (US$22bn) in 2017 and expected to jump 79% by 2022. Here we set out six areas for retailers to focus on over the next year if they want to grow their presence digitally.... read more


Trump Trade – The tariffs are coming, the tariffs are coming!

20 March 2018 | Guest author

Tariff discussions are looming over the White House – and everyone in the apparel, footwear, and accessory industry should be on high alert, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).... read more


How 'see-now-buy-now' is disrupting the retail supply chain

20 February 2018 | Guest author

Technology and social media have transformed consumers into veritable fashion industry insiders. No longer looking to retailers to direct them towards the newest hot looks, they're shaping them themselves in a new fashion world where the only true trend is that there are no trends. When consumers see something they want, even if it's on the runway, the expectation is that they will be able to buy it right then, not next season.... read more


Machine learning – The intelligent way to grow margin

29 January 2018 | Guest author

Profits and gross margins are under pressure for fashion retailers. But could Artificial Intelligence (AI) hold the key to optimising markdowns and unlocking value in the supply chain? ... read more


Start preparing for the rise of the conscious consumer

23 October 2017 | Guest author

Consumers are starting to demand more responsibility and transparency from retailers and brands about how and where their products are made. But instead of pointing fingers, perhaps it's time that stakeholders stopped passing the blame and started working together towards improving production processes.... read more


Don’t become another parable of retail’s failed past

10 October 2017 | Guest author

Retail's history is littered with stories about disruptive change and retailers that couldn't keep up. It's time to take a deeper look at why, and to reflect on the common practices that are holding us back from truly meaningful change.... read more


Preserving the high street from the online giants

5 September 2017 | Guest author

Today’s consumer is demanding, well-informed and technologically savvy when it comes to shopping either online or in physical shops. They expect to be impressed before parting with their hard-earned cash or they will go elsewhere. And so, it makes sense that shoppers research online before they commit to buy. Their expectations are high, which means the level of service from retailers needs to be sophisticated and convenient while delivering an engaging experience. Power is now in the hands of the consumer, so retailers must be nimble to keep up with the ever-evolving consumer demands.... read more


Off-price clothing – an accessible marketplace?

25 August 2017 | Guest author

The off-price clothing and footwear industry offers an important channel through which brands can liquidate their excess inventory. But why is it far less developed in the EU than it is in the US? And how can the EU off-price industry be developed into a stand-alone entity? ... read more


5 ways to stay agile in an on-demand economy

18 July 2017 | Guest author

Thanks to the digital revolution, consumers today are in control. With endless options for where to shop, when to shop, what to buy, what price to pay, and how to receive it, customer loyalty erodes each time expectations are not properly met. This article asks if on-demand manufacturing is a game changer – and sets out five ways to stay agile in an on-demand economy.... read more


'Who Made My Clothes?' will redefine fashion supply chains

15 May 2017 | Guest author

24 April marked the anniversary of the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the years since, the incident has sparked a worldwide movement called Fashion Revolution, whose mission is to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.... read more


Retail’s newest trend – Buying things that don’t exist (yet)

10 May 2017 | Guest author

It seems like every week we read another story about the death of the high street, with various retailers switching to a more digitally integrated and online-first strategy. Just recently, the luxury retailer, Gucci unveiled a partnership with Farfetch’s F90 to deliver luxury accessories in 90 minutes. These tactics are very much to capture consumers who’ve switched behaviours from high street shopping to online browsing, represented by a growth of 16% in online purchases between 2015 and 2016 in the UK.... read more


Why collaboration is key to a successful fashion supply chain

27 April 2017 | Guest author

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective supply chain. But in today’s complex fashion environment, putting it into practice is still a considerable challenge.... read more


Four steps to reduce product defects

17 March 2017 | Guest author

In the modern apparel industry, change is rapid. Consumer behaviours and perceptions are shifting. Cost pressures are intensifying. And while poor quality has long resulted in widespread markdowns and chargebacks, now it may result in permanently lost clients.... read more


Finding value in reverse logistics in fashion retail

16 March 2017 | Guest author

Driving the cost out of your returns process and rethinking whatever programme you have in place is a must in today's highly competitive retail landscape, and can mean the difference between winning and losing.... read more


Alarm bells ringing for millennial fashion brands

10 March 2017 | Guest author

A recent survey, commissioned by GT Nexus and conducted by research company YouGov, confirmed a lack of brand loyalty among millennials. For the fashion industry, the devil is truly in the detail of this research as it not only sounds a series of clear warning bells to fashion brands, but also reveals some surprising truths about influencing this most fickle of markets.... read more


Does a hard Brexit mean hard times for UK fashion?

13 February 2017 | Guest author

Brexit means Brexit and, following the Prime Minister's speech in late January where she set out what this will entail, Brexit appears to mean 'hard' Brexit. But what does it mean for the UK's fashion and textile industry, which accounts for tens of billions of pounds in GDP and hundreds of thousands of direct jobs? Greg Smith, head of trading at foreign exchange specialists Global Reach Partners, takes a closer look.... read more


Using technology to deliver style with substance

24 January 2017 | Guest author

Here's how technology can empower fashion retailers to deliver a genuinely personalised, omnichannel experience.... read more


Article 50 and its impact on European supply chains

4 January 2017 | Guest author

Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the government’s deadline of 31 March to begin two years of exit talks is one of the few, more tangible dates that businesses can factor in. Here Guy Courtin, vice president of industry & solution strategy for retail and fashion at GT Nexus, looks at its likely impact on supply chain networks across Europe.... read more


Fusing ethics and finance to boost the bottom line

18 November 2016 | Guest author

Ethical performance and supply chain finance are an unlikely partnership – but fusing the two can be a winning combination for the fashion and apparel industry.... read more


Labelling – The importance of the fine print

17 August 2016 | Guest author

There are few things worse in the apparel business than developing and manufacturing a great product that can't find its way to the retail floor because it’s stuck in customs with a labelling issue. Here J Anthony Hardenburgh, VP, global content, Amber Road, unravels some of the rules and regulations of what needs to be said – and how.... read more


Why fast fashion isn't a case of one size fits all

22 July 2016 | Guest author

The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, industry strategy director, Infor Fashion, takes a closer look at some of the secrets of its success.... read more


How data and transparency can encourage better buying

8 June 2016 | Guest author

A new Better Buying initiative is being planned to eliminate the barriers to code of conduct compliance caused by apparel buyers' purchasing practices. Here the scheme's co-founder Dr Marsha Dickson explains why data and transparency will  inform buyers about the challenges they are placing on suppliers – and enable them to track improvements over time.... read more


Something’s not right about ‘see now, buy now’

1 April 2016 | Guest author

Brands need to respond to consumer needs for instant gratification with a strategy for speed – where speed and efficiency in the product development cycle are crucial, warns Alvanon president Ed Gribbin.... read more


Act vs Action – Legislation not enough to combat modern slavery

18 December 2015 | Guest author

Leslie Johnston, executive director of the C&A Foundation and a board director at GoodWeave believes the UK's Modern Slavery Act – which obligates large companies to report and declare their steps to address slavery – can only do so much. She is instead calling on businesses to take a broader approach to abolish slavery within supply chains and engage consumers to create change.... read more


Comment – Five ways to tackle market and demand volatility

27 November 2015 | Guest author

Volatility and complexity are endemic in today's business environments, which makes planning extremely difficult. Along with streamlining process and supply chain steps to run as fast as the pace of change, Bob McKee, industry strategy director for fashion at Infor, sets out five further recommendations for dealing with market and demand volatility.... read more


COMMENT: What sells when - and how to source ahead

20 July 2015 | Guest author

What sells when, and how to source ahead to make the most of it, is one of the biggest challenges facing fashion brands and retailers. But modern technology has created a new information chain that gives a stronger indication of what to manufacture or stock, says Paul Watson, CEO at Volo.... read more


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