• 72% of the respondents indicated that transparency and info sharing would help promote a more collaborative relationship between retailers, brands, and suppliers/factories.

• The “trust” factor needs to be cemented into these relationships to create an efficient supply chain.

• Is the relationship “supplier-led”, “individual sourcing executive-led” or “led by consumer needs and therefore a collaborative hybrid with the retailer/brand taking charge”?

• What creates better factory/retailer collaboration, 360 degree understanding of the processes and challenges both product development/design and the factory face in developing and manufacturing product, etc.?

• Does this new approach to the relationship help produce “speed” to the marketplace, or other sustainable achievements?

Trust & Transparency in the Fiber Supply Chain

Cheryl Smyre, Parkdale

Trust and Transparency in fiber procurement is paramount. Building long term strategic relationships in both natural and synthetic fiber supply to support growth and sustainability goals, is foundational in re-modeling trust in the fiber supply chain.