According to a research report from DHL Supply Chain titled, Fashion Unleashed: Supply Chain Innovation is Everything, fashion retailers and manufacturers may need to revamp their supply chains in order to better meet the needs of customers who shop online at all hours of every day. Better supply chain management systems may be able to help this matter. Lisa Harrington, president of the Lharrington Group, the company which wrote this report, said developing processes that are good enough to do the job was the only way these groups would succeed.
"This means being able to serve markets around the world with a supply chain that is resilient enough to withstand shocks, agile enough to respond quickly to sudden or unexpected change, flexible enough to customize products and efficient enough to protect margins," she wrote.
With complexity becoming palpable in the supply chain and every day seeing a new challenge, companies must become flexible by processing and using the information they get from their customers quickly. Adopting automated data collection may help bring this data to a business efficiently.
Industry Week said having a flexible supply chain requires assigning a leader to handle strategy management across the system. There should also be input from managers in the organization to improve logistics, sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and all other aspects.