Fashion logistics would be a lot easier, say, if we were all just a bunch of clones. Same size. Same shape. Same preferences. But we’re not (thankfully, really), which just means apparel supply chains just need to stay ready to adapt on the fly.

According to Apparel Magazine:

Handling multiple types of order profiles and/or customers out of the same building can cause wide fluctuations in capacity requirements. Many operations do not have the luxury of accommodating a consistent level of order volume and thus material flow volume. What is driving this? Stronger seasonal fluctuations, more promotional activity, varying store/customer order sizes and sudden unpredicted changes in demand have a direct impact on the order fulfillment system. Therefore, order fulfillment systems need to be designed with the capability to “flex.”

We’ve mentioned several of these demands here on The Apparel Logistics Group blog.

Posted: 5/31/2012 12:05:00 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Several heavyweights in the apparel world – including Gap, Nike, Adidas and Liz Claiborne – are calling for the Guatemalan government to better enforce its labor laws in light of concerns over a string of labor rights violations.

According to MR Magazine:

The apparel companies all source in Guatemala and say they want to see the “timely resolution” of a complaint filed in 2008 by the US government under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).

The 2008 complaint was the first labor complaint filed under CAFTA, alleging that the Guatemalan government has failed to enforce laws guaranteeing workers the right to organize and bargain collectively, as well as the right of association and acceptable conditions of work.

Subsequent reviews by the US confirmed “significant weaknesses” in Guatemala’s enforcement of its labor laws — but consultations failed to agree on an adequate enforcement plan.

“We hope that your Administration will move swiftly to reach a resolution that is satisfactory to the parties involved,” the apparel firms say.

Here at The Apparel Logistics Group, we wholeheartedly support this move, and we think our third party logistics services can help companies contribute to improvements across the globe.

Posted: 5/21/2012 12:25:16 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

We’ve mentioned a few times recently on The Apparel Logistics Group blog that – while the overall health of retail in America is recovering from the Great Recession quite nicely – the same can’t be said for physical retail stores.

Most notoriously, this trend has been embodied by Best Buy. Think about just how much music and movies you now buy via iTunes, Amazon or Netflix – and then think about all those rows and rows music and movies in those thousands of big box stores that are now lonely, empty, and unnecessary. Naturally, Best Buy is facing big problems.

Posted: 5/8/2012 12:32:36 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

It looks like Mother Nature gave the apparel industry a bit of a gift this spring. According to Mrketplace:

Unseasonably warm weather, an earlier Easter holiday and rising consumer confidence helped lift retail sales in March, according to the latest Commerce Department figures, marking a positive start to spring.

Official data showed March retail sales were 0.8% higher than in February, with total sales for the first three months of the year coming in 6.4% higher than a year ago. Sales at apparel stores increased 0.9% on February, and were 7.9% higher than March last year. Retail sales growth at apparel stores in the first quarter of 2012 was 7.9% up on the same period the year before. March sales at department stores edged up 0.3% month-on-month, and 0.7% year-on-year. […]

Posted: 5/4/2012 11:26:15 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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