What We Do

APPAREL SUPPLY CHAIN OPTIMIZATION

 

Getting the right fashion products to the right sales channels can be a highly complex process, especially in today’s world where the consumer has taken control of the buying experience. Consumers have evolved faster than we have, employing technology such as smart phones to control the ways in which they shop, and leaving conventional retailers wondering how to compete and retain their customers’ attention in an increasingly tech-driven world.

Many of the traditional retail business models and apparel supply chains are broken. We take far too long to design and develop product, too long to source it and too long to ship it back to factories, distribution centers and stores. Supply chain optimization involves streamlining the way that apparel retailers and brands manage the design/production process and share information across different groups, from design to product development, sourcing and production. Companies must focus on saving time at every step of the apparel supply chain in order to remain competitive. We need to zero in on which orders to place, how best to execute raw materials requirements and determine which supply chain factories can produce quickest. All of this centers around the core strengths of supply chain optimization:

Alvanon’s expert management consultants work with apparel retailers and brands globally to establish supply chain solutions. This includes:

  1. Enhancing internal processes across their apparel supply chain from start to end.
  2. Aligning external partnerships of strategic suppliers and implementing vendor training.
  3. Building a supply chain optimization strategy with innovative practices and technology solutions.

Consumer-centric Apparel Supply Chain

Building a Sustainable “Consumer-Centric” Apparel Supply Chain

Currently, excitement appears to be lacking in the way that apparel retailers and brands are engaging customers. Because it takes 18 months to develop a season and bring it to market, fashion can become stale and far from what consumers are seeking. To take advantage of apparel supply chain opportunities, retailers and brands need to get more control, not just for speed purposes, but also for compliance, transparency and sustainability issues.As a start, we need to focus on shortening the distance from concept to consumer, without compromising quality. We need faster design and development cycles with more accurate production, streamlined logistics and smarter decision-making.

Alvanon’s Key Areas in Supply Chain Optimization

Below are the key areas in which we help our clients build upon the core strengths of their supply chain optimization:

Process Assessment & Apparel Supply Chain Alignment

 

Alvanon’s Apparel Process Assessment is a detailed review of an apparel retailers or brands business practices, procedures, and supply chain organizational structure. We assess these in the context of their growth and profitability objectives, as they relate to the:

  1. Design/creative/merchandising process
  2. Product Development process
  3. Production, sourcing and apparel supply chain processes
  4. Marketing, e-commerce and customer engagement processes

This comprehensive assessment across the organization and its apparel supply chain is a preliminary step to identifying the key areas of supply chain optimization and building a strategic development roadmap.

Vendor and Factory Training / Partnership

 

As a critical counterpart to a well aligned apparel supply chain process, Alvanon develops partnership strategies between our clients and their suppliers through training and development practices. Alvanon’s Professional Development Series updates your technical and creative professionals’ skills sets in product development and sourcing processes. We offer global best practices and current market perspectives based on our extensive work around the world. We explain the key concepts, components, tools and processes needed to improve efficiency and speed to market, along with accuracy and consistency in product fit and supply chain optimization. There are ample opportunities for apparel supply chain training and professional development. Alvanon will develop a custom training coursework that will enable your internal teams and external partners to refine their skills and enhance their knowledge of the apparel supply chain.

Alvanon’s core training courses include the use of key development tools – AlvaForms, Blocks and Grading – for success, fit development and execution across your supply chain. In addition to internal and external training, we identify requirements and establish expectations and guidelines for putting in place our block program with vendor partners. Exercises are conducted using scorecards, vendor compliance and self-evaluations as well as sample tracking and approval metrics. Performing hands-on exercises and visualizing the results is a great way to increase vendor partnership awareness and jointly obtain necessary approvals. It may be time to review your organization’s apparel supply chain. Increasing the knowledge of designers, merchants, buyers and product developers can help them achieve both quality and margin goals by making better choices at the supply chain level. They also become more savvy communicators and collaborators with their sourcing teams, vendors and factories.

The results: the right product at the best cost in the shortest possible time, what every retailer and brand needs more than ever.

Apparel Supply Chain Tools & Technology Platform Practices

 

Technology plays a key role in helping brands, retailers and apparel supply chain manufacturers adapt their business models so they meet changing consumer demands – be it implementing changes around PLM, 3D design, fit, or product innovation. More than ever, technology will be at the center of the fashion industry. It’s all part of today’s smartphone-driven reality. The new millennial consumer brings a lot of challenges for the fashion industry, from managing the supply chain and stock differently to creating an exciting customer experience. In order to address these needs apparel businesses should embrace fundamental supply chain tools and the right technology platform practices. These will deliver visibility and transparency for all actors in the apparel supply chain.

Ideas are the currency of the business of fashion, but ideas without the talent to test, refine and execute them are not helpful. We need to train and educate our people, and encourage “smart” risk-taking. We must seek out the right talent to use new technologies and collaborate with our supply chain. Without the right people, properly trained, motivated and incentivized, and without the right relationships with our apparel supply chains, we will not succeed in understanding, engaging and delighting the new millennial consumer.

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