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

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