People are buying stuff more than ever. They’re just increasingly choosing to do so from home in their skivvies. This rise in e-commerce is absolutely killing certain sectors of the retail industry. Just take a look at Best Buy's ongoing slow-motion collapse.

According to Moneybox:

The bottom line is that while Best Buy is no doubt facing some firm-specific challenges, the big story is broad sectoral decline of this sort of retailing. Under different circumstances, Circuit City going bankrupt would have been good news for Best Buy, and Borders' liquidation would have been good news for Barnes & Noble. But when your competitors go bust because your entire industry segment is collapsing, you have a different kind of problem on your hands.

Now it’s important to note that apparel retailers will likely always be immune to this sort of collapse – for obvious reasons. Simply put, while there’s rarely a need need to try out, say, a CD or DVD from a big box electronic retailer like Best Buy or Circuit City before buying (thus making e-commerce more feasible), many apparel shoppers will still prefer to try on outfits before making a decision.

Posted: 4/26/2012 10:20:22 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The Bangkok Post made a good point about the effects of political unrest recently in the wake of tragic bombings in southern Thailand last week:

These appalling events serve as a harsh reminder that radicals intent on harming innocent civilians can strike anywhere, it also are a reminder that terrorism both domestically and globally is a real and significant threat to our supply chains -- and one that few companies, emergency services and local authorities are ever fully prepared for. Beyond the initial horror of such events, the destruction of local businesses further harms communities affected by violence by making it difficult for them to recover quickly. Unfortunately, the global nature of supply chains these days makes supply chain disruptions increasingly likely these days, posing significant challenges to effective apparel supply chain management.

Posted: 4/20/2012 12:01:14 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

From sailing the high seas of ocean freight rate management to navigating the narrow straits of customs brokerage management, we simply can’t stop circling the globe in search of the most optimal distant corners for apparel supply chain management.

But it’s all anchored right here in Lewisville, smack dab in the middle of North Texas, just 20 miles from Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, halfway between America’s west and east coasts -- and easy access from just about anywhere.

Posted: 4/12/2012 3:17:38 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Natural disasters. Market shifts. Political meddling or domestic unrest in distant countries.

Supply chains were born to be disrupted, and the results for ill-prepared apparel companies can be simply devastating. Simply put, it’s not unusual for supply chains to look more like supply spiderwebs that span across multiple countries around the globe. Several strands of that web are inevitably going to be vulnerable to unexpected disruptions.

Posted: 4/5/2012 1:38:12 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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