Upstream Focus is Sourcing Journal’s series of conversations with suppliers, associations and sourcing professionals to get their insights on the state of sourcing, innovations in manufacturing and how to improve operations. In this Q&A, Kim Glas, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), discusses the U.S. textile industry’s pivot to PPE… Continue reading Upstream Focus: NCTO’s Kim Glas on PPE, Domestic Production & Trade Policy
Vietnam continues to be a popular alternative to China for today’s importers. Let’s explore it… Renaud interviews Simon Caballero, a Hanoi-based purchasing manager and expert on manufacturing in Vietnam, to discuss the manufacturing industry in Vietnam, common risks and issues you will face when manufacturing garments there, and the relationship between developing new products and… Continue reading Exploring Manufacturing and New Product Development in Vietnam [Podcast]
No one was prepared for a pandemic. And in some ways, the fashion industry was particularly ill-equipped for contagion to sweep in, shutter stores, stop consumers from shopping and effectively freeze the daily happenings of the industry that outfits the world. Related Articles Without precedent for a calamity of this scale and without an existing… Continue reading Can the Denim Industry Patch Up Partnerships Damaged in the Pandemic?
While 2021 may bring more questions than answers for shippers and LSPs, investing in the right solutions can help businesses stay resilient through whatever comes next.
Let the lobbying begin. A day after Katherine Tai was confirmed by the Senate as the new United States Trade Representative (USTR), American Apparel & Footwear Association president and CEO Steve Lamar sent her a letter requesting a meeting and detailing the “list of pressing trade matters that impact our members, and the workers they…… Continue reading AAFA Begs USTR to Trash Trump’s Tariffs
Jag Srai, Centre for International Manufacturing, IfM, explores the biggest global supply chain challenges as we look toward vaccinating the world – and riding out the peaks and troughs of supply and demand as economies reopen. The global Coronavirus pandemic has challenged the modern global supply chain like never before. Supply chain resilience has conventionally… Continue reading The impact of COVID on supply chains
ANA Holdings Inc. expects its cargo unit to receive a boost this year from the global chip shortage as planes loaded with semiconductors help speed deliveries to automakers and consumer-electronics manufacturers. “Supply chains are scrambling for automotive chips, that’s where air cargo can play a role,” Toshiaki Toyama, the chief executive officer of ANA Cargo,… Continue reading Global Chip Shortage Is Good for Cargo, ANA Says
As forced labor casts an increasingly long shadow over the global supply chain, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is mulling measures to improve enforcement efforts, promote greater transparency, hold violators accountable and close any remaining loopholes in trade law that make exceptions for goods made with modern slavery. “The United States is a country…… Continue reading Lawmakers Finger China as ‘Forced Labor’ Offender
I am tired of hearing, “The supplier violated my trust,” when a delivery is a day late. Disappointed? Sure. Aggravated? Perhaps. Trust-busting? Let’s get serious — and less sanctimonious. Trust has been weaponized. With almost every breach of supplier performance subject to trust-busting condemnation, we have allowed the concept of trust to be diminished and marginalized. We… Continue reading Why procurement leaders must put supplier trust back into perspective
A year into the pandemic, and the new reality that’s come with it, the need for reliable warehousing and smooth distribution has become greater than ever before. Widespread in-store closures have accelerated online shopping full throttle, and businesses across industries have shifted to meet COVID-19-related demand, from personal protective equipment (PPE) to vaccine and testing logistics.… Continue reading What's Shaping the Future of Work in the Warehouse