Reducing lead times is a critical concern in the apparel industry. Unlike other purchases, which are often carefully researched and mindfully planned for, apparel buys are quick and instinctual. Impulse buys make up over 70 percent of fashion purchases . If an item isn't in-stock, the customer will typically move on, rather than wait for a restock

When lead times are low, you can respond to the volatility of the fashion industry with ease, meeting customers' demands while trends are still hot, and minimizing the production of stalling items that have fallen out of favor. Use these strategies to limit lead times and to satisfy your customers' needs.

Centralize Data Throughout the Supply Chain

To respond to changes in customer demand properly, companies must have transparency throughout the supply chain. Data should be centralized, so all relevant information is accessible in a single system. Rather than outsourcing to a handful of different companies, choose just one for all your logistics needs. The Apparel Logistics Group (TALG) offers not only supply chain management but apparel distribution, quality control, inventory control, and IT support as well. 

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The fashion industry is inherently volatile. Of-the-moment trends are notoriously short-lived, and the surge of interest spurred by a celebrity spotting can pass as quickly as it arose. The 2017 State of Fashion report by McKinsey & Company states that “Volatility is the new normal,” and mentions the importance of meeting the customer's need for instant gratification with “fashion immediacy.” Agility and responsiveness are critical for fashion suppliers to meet demands quickly and efficiently before the flare of interest for a new trend burns out

Implementing Quick Response Systems

Quick response is achieved with cooperative planning among supply chain partners. Modern IT systems make it possible to streamline supply chain management from materials sourcing to customer shipping. Utilizing third-party logistics (3PL) services, even small companies can access powerful supply chain management solutions. The Apparel Logistics Group provides customs clearance management, customs brokerage management, foreign trade zone management , and production order tracking for a transparent view of the supply chain, end-to-end. This visibility makes it possible to shorten response times and deliver styles while they're still trending.

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Fulfilling an order is the moment of truth for your fashion business, the time when the clothes you've spent time designing and developing make their way to your stylish customers. Get order fulfillment right and you could have a long-term fan, a brand advocate who might not just buy more clothes but spread the word and help your business grow. But get order fulfillment wrong, and that eager customer might be turned off by your company for life. Given its importance, passing your fulfillment responsibilities to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can seem scary, but delegating has several key benefits.

It Frees up Time


Self-fulfilling orders is a time-consuming process for any apparel business. Every time your company receives an order you need to locate the clothes the customer wants in the sizes requested, package them, and send them to their address. If your business is doing well, order fulfillment can eat up a significant amount of your working hours.

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Most people who buy apparel rarely think about the process involved in getting the clothing from a manufacturer to a retailer. Fortunately, third-party logistics (3PL) companies specialize in doing everything possible to make the various stages of transit go as smoothly. Therefore, 3PL companies play a direct role in keeping customers happy. Considering that satisfied customers impact a company's success, it's crucial to consider outsourcing at least some of the logistics duties to a 3PL provider.

Reduce Apparel Design-Related Delays

Because the fashion industry moves at such a fast pace, the companies involved in new designs for customers constantly envision ideas and figure out the fastest ways to make them realities. Failing to keep up with customer demands for the latest and greatest fashions could cause a once prominent brand to quickly fall out of favor. Customers depend on beloved brands to help them look great in attire that aligns with the most current fashions they see on blogs and in magazines.

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In November 2017, Euromonitor International listed fast fashion as one of three key trends shaping the global apparel industry . As this movement takes hold of the world's fashion sector, apparel businesses everywhere are feeling its impact on the supply chain.

Less Forward Planning for Greater Design Flexibility

Planning is the first step in the fashion supply chain. Traditionally, this planning would happen significantly before apparel items were ready for sale, giving designers time to refine and polish their apparel offerings before they hit the market. They'd know cold weather items were required in winter and warm weather items were needed for summer and design accordingly.

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