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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South Africa’s Woolworths Takes on Zara and H&M With Australian Bid

Woolworths Brand Witchery | Source: Woolworths

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Woolworths Holdings Ltd. of South Africa is using a $2 billion takeover of Australia’s David Jones Ltd. to challenge fashion retailers Inditex SA, Hennes & Mauritz AB and Fast Retailing Co. in the southern hemisphere.

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Cotton On Seeks Chinese Partner to Challenge Zara, H&M Dominance

Cotton On in Adelaide, Australia | Source: Cotton On

SINGAPORE, Singapore — Cotton On Group, a clothing chain with 1,300 stores globally, said it will invest in China to step up its overseas expansion and challenge the dominance of Fast Retailing Co.’s Uniqlo and Hennes & Mauritz AB.

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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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David Jones Rises as Rejected Myer Merger Proposal Revealed

David Jones Store | Source: Flickr.com

SYDNEY, Australia — David Jones Ltd., Australia’s second-largest listed department store company, rose the most in two months after it said it received a merger proposal in October from larger rival Myer Holdings Ltd. that it rejected.

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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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