Tag Archives: Fast Fashion

Does “fast fashion” create safety problems for employees at global supplier factories ?

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (February 7,2013) suggests that the fast (even two week) fashion cycles at Zara, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) create stress on suppliers in Bangladesh who need to respond rapidly or lose the business. The corresponding stress shifts … Continue reading

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Inditex’s supply chain as it goes global

An article in the Economist (March 24, 2012) describes the fact that future growth for the parent company of Zara will come from Asia and the US, rather than the current 70 % of sales in Europe. Zara, known for … Continue reading

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Adjusting Apparel features to balance margins with appeal

An article in BloombergBusinessweek (May 30, 2011 page 18) describes efforts by designers to balance the needs of designers, who want clothes to be appealing, with manufacturers who want to produce them and maintain margins. This tug-of-war has become even … Continue reading

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Opening a US plant to make candles

A Wall Street Journal article (May 5, 2011) describes the travails of Chesapeake Bay Candle as they tried to open a plant in the US. Candles face a 108.3 % inport duty and thus only 20 % of their volume … Continue reading

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“Back to Basics” at Uniqlo Japan

Businessweek (Jan 10, 2011, page 16) describes the travails at Uniqlo, a division of Fast Retailing in Japan. The firm is repoted to be Asia’s largest retailer and is known for its low-priced casual “basic” apparel.¬† But¬†competition from Zara and … Continue reading

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Temporary Stores by Toys R Us for the Holiday Season

A Wall Street Journal article (September 15,2009) describes a plan by Toys R Us to open 350 temporary stores that will stay open during the holiday season and then shut down.¬† The stores will be smaller and will carry the … Continue reading

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Forever 21 and dual sourcing

The Oct 5 edition of the Wall Street Journal described “fast fashion” at Forever 21, a chain started by Korean immigrants in Los Angeles. The store was reported to have revenues of over $ 3 billion in 2010. The company … Continue reading

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