Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Apparel



  • Report Details: This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet and income statement data for the period of 2000-2011 and interactions with clients in the apparel industry in supply chain strategy engagements.
  • Objective: To use financial balance sheet and income statement data coupled with recent research to better understand the state of apparel supply chains.
  • Hypothesis: The apparel industry has, on the whole, performed poorly over the past decade and struggled to improve performance on a variety of supply chain financial metrics. The rise of outsourced manufacturing, commodity price fluctuations, fast-fashion and the growth of corporate social responsibility have proved challenging for the industry, but we remain optimistic about the ability of supply chain to help right the ship.


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