This article details the critical relationship between 3D visual design software and the economic and environmental sustainability of apparel merchandising, sourcing and manufacturing.
This article details the role of digital and demand manufacturing in bridging the time gap between forecasting and the instant influence of the trend setting Internet.
This article helps to define both the timeline and sourcing role of the micro-factory as part of an efficient profit making demand sourcing system.
The article examines the technical problems and integration requirements of capacity and load leveling in a micro-factory. Focusing on the capacity relationship between different capital equipment and production stations,
The article details the danger of the failure of 3D design software and the new sourcing technologies to create a seamless integrated merchandising track. This misdirection will allow the inventory overruns a primary source of pollution and profit loss to continue to grow.
The mantra of commerce controlled by the law of supply and demand driving price and inventory is an out dated concept based on the economics of the Industrial revolution and the expectation of continuous market expansion. Today's market is share based and demand driven by a tsunami of instant information.
Profits at retail are the product of a very simple maxim, "Sell what you stock and stock what you sell". If you can make these transactions at retail price you will make lots of profit. This concept is the basis for demand sourcing, this article explains how it works.
Demand sourcing, micro merchandising, integrated micro-factories and virtual inventories are all new terms in the apparel world, This glossary will help explain the terms and roles of the digital revolution.
A history of the events and milestones that shaped today's retail apparel and textile markets starting with the events of 1911. Learn many of the twists and turns that lead to the "retail apocalypse".
Digital factories have one common mission… they transform a digital virtual inventory of SKUs into physical product. It doesn’t matter if the factory is making furniture parts with CNC cutters or assembling cars using robots the mission is the same. However, the concept of a Micro-Factory as a single structure is misleading at best and doomed to fail at worst. Learn about four different Micro-Factory models and their diverse missions.