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Five Ways Apparel Companies Can Reduce Lead Times

Published: 22 April 2013

ID: G00250697

Analyst(s): Lucie Draper, Janet Suleski


The apparel industry needs to improve the success rate of new product launches and reduce lead times. Supply chain leaders can use these best practices to start aligning business processes and technology to bring new products to market faster.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Lead With Process Alignment, and Support With Technology Improvements
  • Segment Products and Product Development
  • Strengthen Strategic Supplier Relationships
  • Use Technology to Support the Alignment of NPI, and Merchandise, Inventory and Operations Execution (MIOE)
  • Improve Integration Among Product Development, Planning and Supply Chain

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