Finding the smart needle in the fashion supply chain haystack

Posted by Paul Brownhill 18 Feb 2016

The garment industry moves at breakneck speed, but it might be time for manufacturers to start settling down. We’ve taken a closer look at one of the most important supply chain management trends - will fashion retailers begin to favour the smart needle over the cheap needle?

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Topics: global sourcing, garment industry

Eileen Fisher has a vision for the future of supply chain management

Posted by Paul Brownhill 17 Feb 2016

Eileen Fisher is a leading advocate for sustainable and ethical garment manufacturing. In fact, the brand has supported human rights work within the supply chain for some 20 years now - before many of today’s big ethical issues were well known at street level. Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher, recently spoke with us about the importance of supply chain management in the fashion industry.

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Topics: Supply chain management

How to build an ethical supply chain strategy

Posted by Paul Brownhill 28 Jan 2016

After the Rana Plaza factory tragedy in 2013, supply chain issues in the global garment industry were brought into sharp focus. However, many companies are still struggling to shake their dependency on fast, complex and opaque supplier relationships. Are your garment manufacturers making ethical supply chain decisions

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Topics: ethical sourcing, Supply chain management

Organic cotton clothing labels can improve your brand image

Posted by Paul Brownhill 27 Jan 2016

The garment industry is evolving all the time, and as Retail Week’s recent report highlights, “it has become clear that the consumer landscape for clothing and apparel retailers has changed for good”. The biggest challenge for half of all retailers is maintaining brand loyalty - so how can organic cotton clothing labels influence consumer decisions?

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Topics: organic packaging

Small woven labels can have huge consequences for garment retailers

Posted by Paul Brownhill 21 Jan 2016

Woven labels are seemingly a minor part of any garment retailer’s complex supply chain - but their importance cannot be overstated. The trim shares your brand’s name and logo. It stamps your identity onto an item of clothing. 

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Topics: garment labels

7 brands doing amazing things with organic fashion in 2016

Posted by Paul Brownhill 18 Jan 2016

As the January sales get into full swing, some consumers are looking to make more eco-conscious fashion choices. Organic fashion brands are helping to make this possible - so we’ve compiled seven of the hottest ranges around. 

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Topics: organic packaging

How to tackle child labour with fashion supply chain management

Posted by Paul Brownhill 14 Jan 2016

Child labour is largely illegal, but continues to exist across many parts of the world. The International Labour Organisation claims around 170 million individuals were victims of child labour in 2012, and many of these children worked within the global fashion supply chain. 

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Topics: Supply chain management

Supply chain visibility: Critical to retailers in the garment industry

Posted by Paul Brownhill 24 Dec 2015

For the majority of retailers, achieving supply chain visibility has always been a top priority – helping them to maintain ethical and environmental standards.

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Topics: Supply chain management

2016 the year of fast AND ethical fashion with supply chain management

Posted by Paul Brownhill 18 Dec 2015

As a nation, we love fashion. Every year, the average UK household spends £1,217 on clothing and footwear alone. We love fashion even more when it is fast and cheap. There’s just one problem. Modern consumers care where their clothes come from, and want proof that the people making them receive fair working conditions. Is effective supply chain management the answer for responsible retailers?

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Topics: fast fashion, Supply chain management

Infographic: The benefits of organic cotton for the garment industry

Posted by Paul Brownhill 16 Dec 2015

Organic is fast becoming a buzzword in the fashion industry. Many consumers want to wear garments that are kind to the planet and to the people that produce them.

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Topics: organic packaging