Replenishing stock is a key concern for online retailers, including apparel firms, keen to meet their customers' expectations. However, continuous replenishment comes with its own challenges. Understand more about these challenges, why they should be overcome, and how an experienced third-party logistics (3PL) provider can help.

Challenges of Continuous Apparel Replenishment

Continuous replenishment, where stock is continuously replenished to ensure it doesn't run out, is not without its challenges.

It's a system where all players in the logistics chain communicate openly with one another. Your apparel company must communicate with your suppliers to let them know when you'll need new stock or the components to create new garments. You'll need to communicate with customers to know when they'll want to buy and what they'll want to buy, so you can anticipate the demand. If you're working with a 3PL, there's another link in the logistics chain that needs consulting. When communication is effective, so is continuous replenishment, but it has the potential to break down.

Posted: 11/29/2017 4:31:55 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are just two of the mega storms that wreaked havoc for many apparel retailers and consumers this year. Consumers get hit hard because they can't buy the things they need on regular schedules and retailers suffer because bad weather creates delays in their logistics processes. Fortunately, third-party logistics (3PL) providers can fill the void by meeting customer expectations and easing one of the major stresses their clients face.

Changing Points of Origin May Be a Viable Solution

After significant storms hit, supply chain members sometimes realize the usual routes they'd depend on to ship clothing and other goods are flooded and won't be accessible for days. Following Hurricane Harvey, some manufacturers and retailers compensated by changing their points of origin when sending out shipments. That approach allowed them to bypass some of the blocked routes, but it also changed the supply and demand balance that already existed in the affected region.

Posted: 11/16/2017 3:21:12 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

If you're an apparel retailer, now is the ideal time to start ramping up your processes to prepare for the holiday season. After all, 2016 statistics show that 46% of shoppers in the United States were interested in buying clothing during the end-of-the-year segment. Apparel was the second most popular product category during last year's holiday season, topped only by electronics.

Let's take a look at some of the trends that captured attention last year, as well as analyze what the months to come might bring.

Posted: 11/9/2017 11:44:14 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The late management expert Peter Drucker explained the importance of analytics when he noted that "What gets measured, gets managed." Businesses can and should analyze many facets of their supply chain, including the costs involved. Collecting and making sense of supply chain financial data can be difficult for many apparel businesses, but The Apparel Logistics Group is there to help.

The Advantages of Supply Chain Cost Analysis

Supply chain cost analysis helps businesses improve their bottom line. Supply chain costs typically represent a large part of any business budget. Through supply chain cost analysis, Rob O'Byrne of Supply Chain Quarterly says businesses can easily cut their costs by between $2 million and $10 million every year.

Posted: 10/25/2017 4:54:37 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Third-party logistics (3PL) services give companies a valuable opportunity to outsource activities they're not equipped to handle in-house. Though some companies are initially hesitant to embrace outsourcing, most find the benefits of this strategy are substantial, particularly for startups and small businesses. When you allow a 3PL provider to take over some of your most laborious and space-consuming tasks, you free up your own time and money for other endeavors, which may ultimately benefit your business more.

Working with a 3PL provider is a great choice. But you can't simply hand over your workflow to an outside source and walk away. Relationship management is crucial to maintaining a productive 3PL partnership.

Posted: 10/18/2017 4:08:52 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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