Apparel Roadmap Report: Supply Chain Management

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09/28/2018

Supply Chain Management: A Roadmap for Digital Transformation

Amid constantly changing fashion trends, consumer behaviors and global trade conditions, the best thing apparel businesses can do is act fast and execute with agility. This roadmap explains how to get your supply chain in shape to do just that.


Sponsored by Sunrise Technologies Inc. 


Supply chain management (SCM) has become a focal point for many apparel brands, manufacturers and retailers. Old ways of managing data and collaborating with suppliers often don’t give firms the agility, speed and data accuracy they need to face today’s intense business challenges.

Among the pressures, stores need the right goods at just the right time, and increasingly, both retailers and brands must also fulfill e-commerce orders direct to consumers, who expect fast delivery. Fashion brands and retailers, having invested heavily in customer-facing technologies and omnichannel services, are shifting their focus and investment to their supply chains. The burning question: How can supply chain operations be digitally transformed and optimized to support a more responsive, cost-effective omnichannel reality?

The past few years have been eye opening for many executives in the apparel, footwear, home furnishings and retail industry. They have seen they can’t always deliver the best customer experience without a more sophisticated SCM backbone built on modern technology. No matter how shiny the POS system, how compelling the omnichannel marketing proposition, how great the product … back-end systems dating to the early 2000s, 1990s or even 1980s expose painful vulnerabilities.