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. At a recent SPESA meeting, a roomful of apparel industry folks examined the challenges of apparel manufacturing in the United States and some solutions that could move the industry forward.
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.
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.
Whether or not tariffs will be effective in addressing the long-term policies of foreign governments is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, they are likely to affect your current supply chains. How should you respond? What is your tariff strategy?
Slowly but surely, a small amount of textile and apparel manufacturing is springing up in the United States. Although developments are incremental, the trend shows signs of gaining momentum. Here we take a closer look at four relatively new companies producing stateside.