Complex supply chains
Every business in the fashion and textile industry makes up one part of a complex supply chain that often spreads across countries and even continents. International outsourcing is now the norm.
Wide geographic dispersal
Clothing and the related items must also be distributed widely across various markets, each of which has its own standards and regulatory considerations.
Sustainability and ethical concerns
The pressure to balance cost-efficiency with ethical responsibilities has grown in recent years, with manufacturers forced to live up to consumer expectations when it comes to both value and moral duty.
With so many different cogs in the fashion manufacturing machine, workforces are particularly diverse. Companies must manage the performance and morale of a mix of skilled and unskilled labourers, working both full and part-time.