8 Reasons Why China's E-commerce Platforms are Safe from Foreign Invaders

8 Reasons Why China's E-commerce Platforms are Safe from Foreign Invaders

China's highly developed, sophisticated e-commerce platform were born from necesity.  Individual disposable income growth has outpaced the growth of retail property development.  In terms of physical retail, this market is still seriously underserved – except in a few major cities.  For many Chinese consumers, e-commerce is the only option other than very local shops and markets.China has an estimated 533.2 million online shoppers, representing about 41 percent of the na...
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A Software System that Makes Compliance Easier

A Software System that Makes Compliance Easier

After years of squeezing the fat out of the supply chain, it’s difficult to believe that there is any left to be trimmed.  However, according to Tim Chiu, Senior Vice President at CBX Software, there’s a lot of room to make the process even leaner. “It’s all about speed, scale and simplicity.  Apparel production has a long lifecycle and we’re trying to accelerate it,” said Mr. Chiu. “It costs a lot to finance this lifecycle. We’...
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How Anubha is Using Innovative Technology to Drive Sustainability

How Anubha is Using Innovative Technology to Drive Sustainability

The demand for sustainable denim is being met by a new breed of mills that are being built from the ground up to meet the highest possible environmental standards. Anubha Industries, a specialist in denim and piece dyed fabric, is part of this new generation that is unburdened by legacy equipment and processes.  The mill was established in 2013 and from beginning has made sure that their entire production is sustainable. “All of our inputs are sustainable and managed through...
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Getting a Foot In Africa

Getting a Foot In Africa

The fashion industry has suddenly shifted attention from Asia to Africa.  Even the most seasoned manufacturers and buyers are divided over whether Africa is going to be the next big thing or is simply the next bright, shiny object. There are solid cases for both points of view.  In our upcoming series, Inside Sourcing:  Out of Africa, Inside Fashion will be exploring the opportunities and obstacles that both buyers and manufacturers are experiencing, and sharing industry cons...
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Why Amazon is Winning in India; What Could Go Wrong

Why Amazon is Winning in India; What Could Go Wrong

Amazon entered the Indian market in 2013, and in a few short years has overtaken local competitors.  Here's why:Amazon learned from the mistakes they made in China (they studied their mistakes rather than blaming the market, the economy, and other factors). Better user experience (UX).  Pages are better organized, easier to find products.Better customer service.  Amazon is used to servicing demanding consumers in developed markets.Lower prices than competitors on most ite...
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Interesting Facts About Pop Ups

$80 billion.  Estimated annual sales generated by pop up shops 88%.  As many as 88 percent of consumers are now ‘web-rooming’ – researching products online and then looking for a physical store where they can ‘try before they buy’.   For retailers, the cost of a pop up can be a lot cheaper than the carry cost of sending out millions of dollars in merchandise (with free shipping) only get as much as 75 percent of back as returns 30 days later...
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A New Model Is Putting Bricks n' Mortar Back on the Map

A New Model Is Putting Bricks n' Mortar Back on the Map

It turns out that physical retail isn’t dead, it’s just reinventing itself. Traditional retail space that was established on the basis of long-term leases is now going in the direction of some many other industries – shorter term commitments that offer tenants greater flexibility. Pop ups used to be the exception. Now they rule.  Few brands have the capital to test the waters with long term retail commitments.  Even those who are established are seeing that agili...
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Chinese Sports Brands are Gearing Up to Become Global Players

Chinese Sports Brands are Gearing Up to Become Global Players

Domestic sports brand Anta built a big international profile.China’s market is big, but so is the competition.  While fashion brands have the advantage of facing a much more fragmented market, with very few dominant players, for sports brands it's a different story. The nation’s local brands have found themselves going head-to-head with international power brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma and others.  However, now the underdogs have caught up – and are starting...
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Being the Cheapest is Becoming Too Expensive for Bangladesh

Being the Cheapest is Becoming Too Expensive for Bangladesh

The race to the bottom is putting the nation’s manufacturers in an increasingly uncompetitive position.Facing continued downward price pressure from international buyers as well as rapid rises in production costs has put Bangladeshi garment suppliers between a rock and a hard place. The nation’s core advantage of being the lowest cost producer has enabled it to beat competitors for the big volume orders.  Unfortunately, volume tends to go hand-in-hand with price sensitivity...
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How Denim Continues to Win Market Share

How Denim Continues to Win Market Share

In a hyper competitive market, jeans are finding new ways to remain on consumers’ shopping lists. Although jeans remain a fashion favorite, increasing competition from other casualwear options, as well as just the sheer number of denim brands in the market, has challenged brands and retailers to find new ways to keep their products exciting. “Today the two biggest challenges we face in the denim market are: Convincing the consumer, who already owns several pairs of jeans, t...
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