The building blocks of an agile transformation plan
Once order processing and production management systems have been automated and migrated to a cloud-based platform, powerful analytics can be applied to centrally plan and execute each production run. The key to successful transformation lies in gradual implementation. By effecting change one order at a time, business can continue uninterrupted, maintaining the stability and revenue of core business activities. This substantially reduces the risks inherent to testing both new technologies and new market offerings. Through careful management, the right balance can be struck between process transformation and business continuity, preventing unnecessary disruption while gaining buy-in from stakeholders across the organization.
An effective transition and implementation plan should leverage advanced analytics to entirely overhaul and streamline the planning-and-production process. Because reduced lead-time is now a key driver of competitive advantage, fashion companies can further capitalize on the shift toward pull sourcing by building the right capabilities to deploy nearshoring and onshoring strategies. This opens the way to same-day production and next-day delivery. Upstream development processes can also be accelerated by adopting virtual sampling and rapid prototyping.
Once these cornerstones of agile production have been laid, fashion companies can benefit from the efficiency and profitability of on-demand offers at will, without necessarily restructuring their business operations or redefining their business model. The first step is embracing the on-demand production model.