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Why Supply Chain Management Should Play a Strategic Role in Saving the Planet

Sustainability is not just about switching existing materials to more sustainable materials or getting certification.  It goes deeper than that.  At a brand level, it is about purpose over profit to solve problems in society, rather than be the cause of them.  At an operational level sustainability is about embedding the brand strategy & purpose into the organisations’ …

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WHY FASHION BRANDS MUST EMBRACE SUPPLY CHAIN MATURITY TO MAKE THEIR BUSINESS MORE SUSTAINABLE

In the report “A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future” by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Circular Fibres Initiative, a compelling vision of a new textiles economy is outlined, based on the principles of a circular economy.  The idea is to keep clothes, textiles and fibres at their highest value during use and to …

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A SIMPLE INSIGHT INTO WHY BUSINESSES MUST CHANGE THEIR PHILOSOPHY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Sustainable Future Summit November 2019 – Brussels Last week, I was in Brussels for a very interesting and inspiring Sustainable Future Summit 2019 organised Politico. The summit brought together policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and consumers to debate the hunt for sustainable growth. There were many interesting discussions and debates about the urgency of …

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FIVE REASONS WHY FASHION BRANDS CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO FOCUS ON INVENTORY REDUCTION

Structurally, because of long lead times for raw materials and the drive for cheaper offshored supply, coupled with the need for instantaneous customer gratification, many Fashion brands are content in thinking that they need to continue holding inventory to do business. Logics follows that a high service level requires high inventory levels. However it is …

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COMMON MISTAKES FASHION SUPPLY CHAINS ARE MAKING THAT GET IN THE WAY OF PROFITABILITY

This is the first in a series of blogs which covers the common mistakes that fashion supply chains are making, which not only adversely impact profitability, but also are not sustainable practises over the long term. This first article talks about portfolio management. PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT Does this picture look familiar?  Does your product portfolio have two …

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3 SUPPLY CHAIN DYNAMICS FASHION BRANDS MUST BALANCE TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

There has been a lot written recently about the damage that the Fashion Industry is doing to our planet.  Clothing has become too cheap, too wasteful, too damaging socially and environmentally.  Sadly, as soon as a new trend emerges, cheap clothes just end up in landfill. To address the fashion crisis, the Fashion Industry needs to build …

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