Is apparel manufacturing coming home?

McKinsey

To meet customers’ needs, apparel companies need to focus on nearshoring, automation, and sustainability. Retail Insights

Powerful pricing: The next frontier in apparel and fashion advanced analytics

McKinsey

Leading apparel retailers are embracing advanced analytics and blending intuition with science to price smarter. Retail Insights

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Digitization: The next stop for the apparel-sourcing caravan

McKinsey

Stepping up digital efforts in purchasing could help apparel companies transform. A survey of sourcing executives highlights trends and opportunities. Our Insights

Patterns for value creation in apparel, fashion, and luxury

McKinsey

Performance in the fashion and luxury industries has turned lower, but leading companies haven’t been deterred. Here’s how they excel. Retail Insights

Ready to ‘where’: Getting sharp on apparel omnichannel excellence

McKinsey

Brands and retailers are moving quickly to provide more seamless omnichannel shopping experiences—but your customers are moving faster. Retail Insights

Geek meets chic: Four actions to jump-start advanced analytics in apparel

McKinsey

Success in the apparel industry relies on carefully balancing art and science, yet companies lag behind in the digital revolution. Here’s what they can do to catch up. Retail Insights

Faster fashion: How to shorten the apparel calendar

McKinsey

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitize the value chain. Retail Insights

India’s fast-growing apparel market

McKinsey

In India’s high-growth, fast-changing retail clothing market, we see significant new growth opportunities for foreign and domestic players. Our Insights

Spotlight on Apparel: What’s Going On

MishTalk

Unlike gasoline, housing, food, and auto loans, apparel is a discretionary purchase. What are consumers and importers doing? more…). Economics

The Five Pillars of Marketing Success

The More Clients Blog

Does the following give a pretty good picture of your current marketing activity? You have a website but you’re not really satisfied with it. You go to networking events once in a while. If someone asks you to give a talk, you’re happy to do it. You post on Facebook and/or LinkedIn semi-regularly.

Biodiversity: The next frontier in sustainable fashion

McKinsey

It’s time for the apparel industry to radically reduce the industry’s contribution to biodiversity loss. Here are four interventions that can make the biggest impact. Retail Insights

Fashion’s digital transformation: Now or never

McKinsey

Some apparel, fashion, and luxury companies won’t survive the current crisis; others will emerge better positioned for the future. Much will depend on their digital and analytics capabilities. Retail Insights

Huge 6% Collapse in PPI Services Final Demand for Apparel, Jewelry, Footwear

MishTalk

Economists were shocked once again today. First, Retail Sales “Solidly” Flat, which we just covered. The Producer Price Index for … Continue reading → Economics

Perspectives for North America’s fashion industry in a time of crisis

McKinsey

Apparel retailers, department-store chains, and cosmetics stores employ millions of people. Industry leaders must take quick action while also planning for postcrisis realities. Retail Insights

Reimagining stores for retail’s next normal

McKinsey

At some point, retail stores will reopen—but unless apparel and specialty retailers redefine the role of the store and revamp store operations, they will be ill prepared for the post-COVID-19 future. Retail Insights

CPI Weak, Prices of Autos, Lodging Away From Home Drop: Econoday Cheers Rising Medical and Apparel Prices

MishTalk

The CPI rose 0.1% in July vs an Econoday consensus estimate of 0.2%. The Econoday Keynesian parrot does not like falling auto prices but is happy about rising medical prices. more…). Economics

How India’s ascent could change the fashion industry

McKinsey

There’s great promise in India’s apparel market—but challenges as well. Here’s what brands need to know about the country’s rise. Retail Insights

Measuring the fashion world

McKinsey

A new survey takes stock of apparel companies’ go-to-market processes. The findings have implications for product design, development, and delivery. Retail Insights

Eileen Fisher on Leadership: The Personal Side of Organizational Change

Strategy+Business

The founder of the apparel company talks about how much personal growth leaders should demand -- of employees and themselves

The fashion market and ‘Trade 2.0’

McKinsey

Here’s how the apparel trade could be reshaped by new barriers, trade tensions, and uncertainty. Companies should make contingency plans for a potential shake-up of global value chains. Retail Insights

Syriza Effect: 40% of Greek Companies Want to Leave the Country; California vs. Greece

MishTalk

“Exodus Has Begun” The minimum wage hike is about to smack Los Angeles’ apparel industry businesses and jobs. The LA … Continue reading → Economics

Eileen Fisher and the Personal Side of Leadership

Strategy+Business

Yes, according to the apparel company CEO. Is it fair to ask employees to embrace personal growth, on top of everything else they do? See also "Eileen Fisher on Leadership: The Personal Side of Organizational Change

Leading a Company That Wants to Change Lives through Sports

Strategy+Business

Think high-profile consumer goods, and sports apparel comes quickly to mind. For the last few years, the world's fastest-growing major sports apparel enterprise has been Adidas.

Take Steps Now to Protect Your Independent Status!

Successful Independent Consulting

Recent court ruling likely to impact independent consultants in the U.S. This article was written by Henry Telfeian, a labor relations and employment attorney as well as the general counsel for the Professional Independent Consultants of America, Inc. PICA Inc.).

Retail’s Hail Mary: Why Retailers are Betting on In-Store Data Insights

Think Customers

Squeezed by online competitors and evolving customer tastes, Macy’s, Sears, The Limited, and American Apparel have said they will be closing some or all of their stores.

Google’s ‘Shop the Look’ Tries to Declutter Mobile Shopping

Think Customers

On Tuesday, Google introduced a “Shop the Look” program that lets smartphone users purchase apparel and other products through the images that appear in response to search terms. Earlier this week, Google unveiled its latest effort to help retailers boost sales through mobile devices.

Surge of Store Closings Reveals Greater Need for Omnichannel

Think Customers

Among the closings are Macy''s, JCPenney, Guess, Radio Shack, as well as teen apparel stores Delia''s, Aeropostale, Wet Seal, and Abercrombie & Fitch. With the holiday shopping season behind us, retailers have planned a tidal wave of store closings for 2015. There’s more… To read the rest of this blog posting click here or visit www.1to1Media.com/weblog.

Deep Dive into Customer Segmentation (Part 1 of 2)

Tom Spencer

Think about apparel products: in many countries, stores are still the primary place to buy clothes whereas in China, physical stores are in decline in favour of e-commerce. Due to the boom of the internet, nearly one third of apparel and footwear was sold online in 2018 (vs 1% in 2010).

[Reader Question] Start as a generalist or niche down?

Kai Davis

Like ‘Veterinary Clinics’ or ‘Accountants’ or ‘Direct To Consumer Apparel Stores on Shopify.’ A reader writes in with an excellent question: Would you start as a generalist or focus on a specific type of consulting, and if one specific niche, how would you narrow it down? I’ve got a lot of thoughts on this, and the fundamental answer is “ The Riches are in the Niches.”

[Reader Question] Start as a generalist or niche down?

Kai Davis

Like ‘Veterinary Clinics’ or ‘Accountants’ or ‘Direct To Consumer Apparel Stores on Shopify.’. A reader writes in with an excellent question: Would you start as a generalist or focus on a specific type of consulting, and if one specific niche, how would you narrow it down? I’ve got a lot of thoughts on this, and the fundamental answer is “ The Riches are in the Niches.”. The more specific you can make your niche or market, the better.

California Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Independent Consulting and Subcontracting – Keep It Legal!

Women in Consulting

By: Henry Telfeian. :: Two months ago, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in the case Dynamex Operations West Inc.

Nike’s Co-founder on Innovation, Culture, and Succession

Harvard Business

Phil Knight, former chair and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking an entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made. Knight discusses the company’s enduring culture of innovation, as well as the succession process that led to former runner and Nike insider Mark Parker becoming CEO.

5 Surprising Findings About How People Actually Buy Clothes and Shoes

Harvard Business

Apparel brands are investing especially heavily in online shopping capabilities and introducing interactive features that complement apps and websites. To get a clearer, more-complete picture, we studied actual decisions made by 1,500 apparel and footwear shoppers in the United States. Other apparel brands might seek to attract customers through differentiated and personalized products. HBR Staff/CSA Images/B&W Archive Collection/Getty Images.

Consulting Case Interviews at Non-Consulting Firms

Tom Spencer

To take an example of a corporate strategy role at an apparel company, you might be expected to know what kind of product categories they have, geographies they operate in, and recent trends in the industry.

Wholesale Trade Inventories Surge Led By Autos

MishTalk

Inventory draws reflecting gains in sales include computer equipment, electrical goods, and apparel. Autos are the sales Energizer bunny. Nothing seems to slow them down. Wholesale Inventories Surprised to the Upside , led by autos. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5 percent in September following an upward revised 0.3 percent gain in August. The September build appears to be intentional based on a 0.5