• 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?

How Important is Color?

Improving color approval time and accuracy is an opportunity in the Western Hemisphere. An introduction to digital and visual color evaluation best practices from the brand and retailer’s perspective will be provided. Following a brand’s color procedures and being transparent with digital color data creates trust. The higher digital correlation the manufacturer can show, the higher the level of trust grows. Color approvals can become a partnership rather than an adversarial relationship, improving cycle time, and just making the job that much more fun.