The footwear and apparel industry is rapidly adopting digital tools to gain or retain a
competitive edge. Digital Twins hold great potential for businesses looking to
simulate, test, analyze, and optimize their products and processes without relying on
Proof of value is an indispensable tool for justifying software implementations, driving continuous improvements, measuring ROI and cultivating a culture of success in the competitive world of fashion and sewn products.
Debating the big question of what it means to bring a physical industry into a spectrum of different digital worlds.
In this, the second part in our focus on defining what a Sustainability Return On Investment (SROI) looks like, we want to provide four distinct examples, each corresponding to a process taken from each of the 1 – 4 tiers of the supply chain. From a brand’s perspective, these examples correspond closely to real-world challenges and scenarios, and all are areas in which consumer and regulatory scrutiny is high, meaning that the potential return on making a measurable improvement is any of them is high.
To begin to manage, and then mitigate, its impact on people and planet, fashion must first put in the work to understand and quantify the resources used in product creation. Although fashion needs more time to comply with current (let alone future) legislation, there is always time to begin and profit from a sustainability-related project. […]
Across the entire, multi-tier, fashion supply chain, brands and their partners are now required to substantiate sustainability initiatives with evidence. The first building block for that disclosure will be rearchitecting relationships to run on data rather than trust and intuition.
As the global mandate for verifiable sustainability grows, and enhanced scrutiny breaks through environmental and ethical commitments that aren’t backed by data, fashion needs to recognise the importance of sustainability as a return on investment.
While PLM is a vital investment for many brands and retailers, it’s also a big enterprise decision – not to be taken lightly without proper preparation. We explore the right steps to take before embarking on a PLM project.
With risk and uncertainty persisting far beyond the pandemic, fashion’s traditional supply chain structures are proving ill-suited to overcoming disruption. The solution lies in replacing as many analogue links as possible to create a new, all-digital value chain.
For fashion to reduce its carbon footprint, it must first find the right tools and processes to quantify emissions across its global, multi-tier supply chains. Sitting at the centre of the product lifecycle, PLM and integrated platforms could hold the key to measurement and
The textile, footwear and apparel industry continues to race toward a virtual world driven by digital inputs and virtual outputs. Like an artist carefully using a combination of coloured pencils, paints and specialised brushes to create their artworks, we also need to carefully consider our digital toolsets as part of advancing our 3D workflow and productivity.
I spent 11 years in fashion manufacturing – first as a cutting room manager, and eventually as a production director.