Global Size and Color Curve Management in Fashion Retail

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Author: Archana Menon, Senior Consultant and Michael Gamper, CEO, ebp The Problem Statement One of the main principles of merchandising is to stock the right product at the right place at the right time. This is much easier said than done when dealing with “one-size” items but when size, colour and gender is added to the mix; it increases in complexity and difficulty in ensuring the right amount of stock is invested. Today, there is still a huge sizing problem in the fashion industry and a huge gap in the market for sizes. There is no universal sizing standard and it differs from retailer to retailer, product category and end-use. Therefore, it is imperative that we analyse and classify the size curve to understand and cater to it better. There…
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Merging Fashion Retail and Brand Planning Processes

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Author: Michael Gamper, CEO, ebp Global Separate World In the past, both fashion retail and brand companies have developed their own processes to approach planning. Fashion retail companies used seasonal based merchandise planning processes to plan sales, buying and inventory for each season. Brand companies in apparel and footwear operating extensive supply chains used more traditional supply chain planning processes using standard demand, inventory, capacity, and material planning approaches. As brand companies are migrating into omni channel setups and fashion retail also embrace wholesale channels as well as supply chains, the traditional segregation is becoming a significant issue to effective management of pre-season and in-season planning activities. Today’s omni channel and global supply chain set-ups require a much more integrated approach. This does not invalidate traditional planning components but highlights…
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The Digital Transformation of a Supply Chain – Blockchain and IoT

The Digital Transformation of a Supply Chain – Blockchain and IoT

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Author: Chloe Ford, Consultant and Michael Gamper, CEO, ebp The Internet of Things and Blockchain are two major disruptors impacting us in our daily lives, from Fitbits, Apple Watches, Alexa, Siri, Smart Refrigerators and even our Smartphones. But what is Blockchain and the Internet of Things? How do they work? And how is it impacting the supply chains across industries? This article attempts to breakdown the concepts of Digital Transformation and its enablers Blockchain and Internet of Things to gain a deeper understanding to how it is applied to our Supply Chain World. Continue reading “The Digital Transformation of a Supply Chain – Blockchain and IoT” »
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