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The BoF Sustainability Index 2022

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Publication Date: May 2022
File Format: PDF, Excel

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Table of Contents

  • The Increasing Strategic Relevance of Supply Chains
  • Vulnerabilities in Low-Cost Supply Chains
  • Upstream and Downstream Challenges
  • Fashion’s Exposure to Future Supply Chain Shocks
  • Case Study: Toyota’s Pioneering Lean Supply Chain
  • Five Secular Shifts Transforming Supply Chains
    • Accelerated Growth of E-Commerce 
    • Increased Speed-to-Market of Ultra-Fast Fashion Players
    • Greater Geopolitical Tension
    • Growing Consumer and Government Demands to be More Sustainable
    • New Advancements in Technology
  • Case Study: Zalando’s Connected Retail Programme
  • Case Study: PVH’s Attempt to Manufacture in Ethiopia
  • Existing Issues Amplified by the Pandemic
  • New Pandemic Challenges
    • Surge in Consumer Demand: The “Bullwhip Effect”
    • Operational Disruptions
    • Inflation
  • Case Study: On’s Workaround in Response to Vietnam Factory Closures
  • Supply Chain “Trilemma”: Reliability, Speed and Cost
  • Discrete Value Creation Initiatives
  • Case Study: DXM’s Unique Supplier-Brand Partnership Model
  • Case Study: Katla’s Zero-Waste Approach to Manufacturing
  • Case Study: Neiman Marcus’ Supply Chain Transformation
  • Case Study: American Eagle’s Strategic Use of a Technology Partner

Why Buy this Report

  • Presents an overview on why fashion's supply chains need to evolve now, amid escalating global economic volatility
  • Delivers expert guidance on navigating the escalation in global geopolitical tensions and the supply chain challenges
  • Provides an exclusive view into the leading strategic priorities regarding supply chains as prioritised by senior fashion executives
  • Offers a playbook with ten discrete value-generating initiatives for companies to transform their supply chains into a source of competitive advantage and value

Research Inputs

  • 30 interviews with founders, senior executives and academicians drawn from
    • Brands and retailers
    • Manufacturers
    • Freight forwarders
    • Third-party logistics providers
    • Technology startups
    • Universities and research institutions
  • A proprietary survey of BoF’s fashion executive community:
    • The BoF Decision-Marker Survey fielded by BoF across its global community of fashion professionals, representing a cross-section of senior decision makers across a leading set of fashion brands and retailers 
    • N = 257 of senior executives (i.e. Directors, Vice-Presidents, Presidents or C-Suite)
  • Companies covered and/or interviewed in the report include American Eagle Outfitters, ASKET, ASOS, DXM, Flexport, Katla, Kavida.ai, Li & Fung, Linc, MANGO, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Ohi, On, PANGAIA, Panjiva, Quiet Logistics, Reformation, Saint Art, Shahi Exports, SHEIN, SILQ, SXD, Syrup Tech, TextileGenesis, TrusTrace and Zalando


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