Thursday, December 12, 2019

AAPN’s Carolina Mill Tour is Blowing Minds

Last week, we took the tour detailed in the below report by Devine Steele. 23 executives, managers and staff from 8 brands and retailers...

How Business Capabilities Can Differentiate (Every Company)

Our recent past president Kevin Williams coined the insight, "logistics is the new marketing". He backed it up by sending us the following excellent...

CEOs with Diverse Networks Create Higher Firm Value

As I sit here in the Unifi Conference Room in Yadkinville, NC, I am reminded of the absolute power of networking, as the following...

Manufacturing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

I took the time over the weekend to key in highlights from the 7th and final chapter of the landmark book BEHEMOTH, A History of...

The Supply Chain Economy and the Future of Good Jobs in America

As you read this, ask yourself how many other apparel industry end-to-end supply chain networks exist in addition to AAPN. We've looked. We're it,...

Finding New Ideas When You Don’t Have a Broad Network

I'm sharing the 'Finding new ideas...' article but opening it with the 2010 'Supply Chain' extract. Why? Because if you're in the AAPN, you...

5 Textile Production Strategies That Work Today Yet Were Developed 204 YEARS AGO

In reading the following book yesterday I came upon a section that blew my mind, so I have keyed in the net of the...

An Industry in Denial: Fashion’s Struggle with 3D

One of the biggest obstacles to success in this industry overall is a refusal to adopt and/or adapt to new technologies that show the...

Spectacular Article On American Giant & Its Made in USA Supply Chain Profiling Carolina...

I truly wish to thank Maureen Fahey, Managing Partner of Productivity, Inc for sending me the attached article, with background on its importance to her...

AAPN Member Patagonia is #6 on FastCompanies 50 Most Innovative Companies List

In 2013, when Randy Harward (see photo) was still with Patagonia, Sue and I got the grand tour. The building shown is the original...