Artificial intelligence, or AI, is no longer the stuff of science fiction. While traditional production levers like capital investment and labor have a reduced impact on modern economic growth, AI could potentially double annual economic growth in developed economies by 2035. AI is also expected to increase labor productivity by up to 40 percent. With AI poised to make such a positive impact, it's little wonder that businesses in a range of sectors, including the apparel industry, are utilizing this technology in their supply chains.

AI Makes Supply Chain Decisions Based on Logic

While the decision makers in the apparel supply chain conduct thorough research that informs their choices, they are also influenced by their own subjective judgments. Consider a company leader planning to expand operations and add a new clothing manufacturing plant. What location is best? It's often difficult to give sites an objective value, as intangible factors like political stability and social environment come into play. AI removes emotion and bias and can make the best decisions in situations like these. 

Posted: 10/3/2018 8:44:21 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Sustainability is a crucial consideration in the apparel supply chain. Customers want a wide variety of styles and fast production time, but delivering on these demands can put a strain on the environment. Evaluate your supply chain strategies and see if you can increase efficiency throughout

Reconsider Your Fiber Selection

Sustainability in the apparel industry begins with the material used to craft your clothes. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has developed an advanced Higg Materials Sustainability Index to give brands in-depth insights into how eco-friendly their products are. While there are many innovative options available, such as materials made from recycled plastic, you can improve sustainability with even a simple switch. Nonorganic cotton production is responsible for using 6 percent of the pesticides in the world and 16 percent of all insecticides. Going organic is a small but powerful change. 

Posted: 9/26/2018 8:42:45 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Demand planning and forecasting is notoriously challenging in the volatile apparel industry. Fashion trends and seasonal surges can wreak havoc on even the most organized system. However, understanding the challenges ahead and implementing proper procedures can go a long way toward minimizing your losses in the supply chain.

Forecasting Challenges in the Apparel Industry

The apparel industry is notoriously difficult to forecast for, thanks to a long time to market combined with short product life cycles. It's impossible to source items from the manufacturer as quickly as customer demand may dictate . Adding to the complexity of the situation is the incredible product variety found in apparel. A single item can come in multiple styles, colors, and sizes.

Posted: 9/21/2018 5:31:15 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Traditionally, company heads have devised business strategies to improve their organizations' bottom lines. However, chief executive officers (CEOs) and human resource departments are increasingly aware that the old business models may have limitations. Prioritizing employee engagement over traditional strategies has proven an effective way to boost profits. Take a closer look at the links between employee engagement, business strategy, and increased profits.

Employee Engagement Versus Strategy For Profits

Engaged employees are productive employees. When employees are productive, they work to capacity, thus maximizing profits for their business.

Posted: 9/13/2018 8:28:25 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The United States has a driver shortage, with trucking companies struggling to recruit and maintain the employees required to freight products around the country. This shortage has serious implications for the supply chains of large and small retailers, including fashion firms, across the country.

Understanding the Driver Shortage

E-commerce is on the rise , with Americans spending $123.7 billion shopping online in 2018's first quarter, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. That's nearly 4 percent more than we spent in the fourth quarter of 2017, an impressive rise considering the fourth quarter contained the bulk of our holiday shopping. Our increased tendency to bypass brick-and-mortar stores and shop online instead is one of the key factors fueling a driver shortage across the United States.

Posted: 9/6/2018 3:48:10 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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