When manufacturing apparel and footwear it can be easy to fall short of customer demands without proper visibility. A leading footwear manufacturer with over 1,200 stores across the globe was experiencing slow speed-to-market.
Today’s consumers expect to receive merchandise all but instantly, which means you need to think of the last mile in the context of your overall business strategy, supply chain and approach to customer satisfaction.
Some apparel manufacturing is returning to the United States, but ramping up at a greater scale necessitates greater automation, higher-skilled employees, better training, an industry image makeover and some serious investment.
In the most amazing combination of revolutionary and totally boring ever, we as consumers have evolved from shopping in stores, to ordering online and waiting, to ordering online and picking up from a locker, back at the store.
With unified enterprise systems for greater inventory visibility, algorithms designed to gain deeper product and customer insights, 3D for faster and more efficient design
and development, and much much more, this year’s Innovators are addressing and fulfilling consumer demand.
From sustainability and artificial intelligence to automating workflows, doubling down on fit technology and perfecting patterns, this year’s innovative cohort shows that there’s no wrong way to move your business forward and rise above the competition - even as the stakes get higher every day.