The Secret Journey of a Fashion Piece — Part 3: Logistics and Supply Chain

Inside the Quiet Logistics fulfilment centre in Devens, Massachusetts | Source: Quiet Logistics

Getting the right fashion products to the right sales channels can be a highly complex process. In the final instalment of a three-part series supported by Lectra, The Business of Fashion traces the path of a product from factory to store, uncovering how technology and data are playing an increasingly important role in helping companies synchronise their supply chains.

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Ortega’s Zara Fashions Tax Avoidance by Shifting Profits to Alps

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

NEW YORK, United States — In the past five years, Inditex has shifted almost $2 billion in profits to a tiny unit operating in the Netherlands and Switzerland, records show. Although that subsidiary employs only about 0.1 percent of Inditex’s worldwide workforce, it reported almost 20 percent of the parent company’s global profits last year, according to company filings.

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Spain’s Next Zara? Fashion Label Desigual Speeds Global Growth

Desigual store interior | Source: Wikipedia

BERLIN, Germany — Spanish fashion label Desigual is accelerating its expansion in Europe and emerging markets, seeking to ride predictions of fast growth in women's apparel while also taking the colourful brand into new areas like perfume and shoes.

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Retailers’ Christmas Cheer Tempered by Fragility of Recovery

Regent Street, London | Source: Shutterstock

PARIS, France — Retailers in Europe are predicting their best Christmas since the financial crisis, though optimism is laced with caution in the face of rising e-commerce and early discounting in a fragile economic recovery.

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Has Zara Reached Saturation Point? Far From It, Investors Bet

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

MADRID, Spain — The world's largest fashion retailer, Inditex, shows no sign of stalling and investors are betting that its Zara "fast fashion" model has plenty of room to expand in emerging markets by appealing to the growing ranks of brand-conscious middle classes.

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