Tag: apparel industry
DuPont promised it would deliver its Online Fabric Library at a trade show in Paris. The original developer dropped out three months before the deadline. DuPont turned to Freeborders, a supplier with offices in China. The Chinese team finished the project early. Read why China is becoming an offshore hot spot.
American retailers want to comply with the No Sweat Initiative, which guarantees humane work conditions and forbids children under 15 to work. How do you comply if you import goods from around the world and don’t want to visit every factory? Answer: you outsource.
The buyer and the supplier are just five hours apart by car. But from a business standpoint, they couldn’t be farther apart. The customer’s management grew up in capitalist western Europe. The suppliers’ formative years were spent in Communist eastern Europe. How do you fashion an outsourcing relationship that works?