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Herb Real
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“It used to be that vendors were not active in the supply chain,” Kohan says. “But fast fashion pushed speed to market from 6-to-9 months to six weeks. And technology has heightened that. Twenty years ago, every carton was opened and counted. A decade ago it went to scanning just the carton. Now, between cross stacking pallets and the RFID (radio-frequency identification), we can take immediate inventory and know in a second what’s on a truck. ”Fashion’s supply chain has evolved dramatically in the last decade, especially so in the last five years, say Shelley Kohan, an industry veteran who teaches at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology and is vice-president of retail consulting at San Jose, CA-based RetailNext.

“It used to be that vendors were not active in the supply chain,” Kohan says. “But fast fashion pushed speed to market from 6-to-9 months to six weeks. And technology has heightened that. Twenty years ago, every carton was opened and counted. A decade ago it went to scanning just the carton. Now, between cross stacking pallets and the RFID (radio-frequency identification), we can take immediate inventory and know in a second what’s on a truck. ”Fashion’s supply chain has evolved dramatically in the last decade, especially so in the last five years, say Shelley Kohan, an industry veteran who teaches at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology and is vice-president of retail consulting at San Jose, CA-based RetailNext.

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