Topic page supply chain

The Corona pandemic has exacerbated supply chain difficulties. More than ever, restructuring and modernization of the entire supply chain is needed. Added to this are the sometimes inhumane environmental and working conditions along the supply chain. To create sustainability and transparency, the new supply chain due diligence law came into force on January 1, 2023. In addition, the EU is working on further supply chain-related requirements that will soon take effect.
With our topic page "Supply Chain", we would like to keep you up to date with the latest developments and information offers on the area of supply chain, so that you know at an early stage what you can do as a company or what you are obliged to do.

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Primary data and technology outperforms current standard, transaction certificates are no longer necessary. © Aware

09/10/2023 – Aware


The art of managing public blockchains

Transaction certificates (TCs) were seen as the solution to transparency, and now Digital Product Passports (DPPs) are the new answer to nail traceability. ... By  Christine Heywood

Stefan Böhler. © flexport

29/09/2023 – Artificial Intelligence in the Fashion Supply Chain

Artificial Intelligence in the Fashion Supply Chain

The Critical Value of Data Quality and the Role of Digital Forwarders

The supply chain in the fashion industry is undergoing a redesign. At the heart of this change is artificial intelligence (AI), which holds tremendous ... Stefan Böhler

S.Oliver Group supports organic cotton through direct supply chain to India. © Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)

20/09/2023 – s.Oliver Group

s.Oliver Group

Traceable supply chain up to cultivation

The s.Oliver Group helps nearly 400 farmers in India to grow organic cotton through the Empowering Farmers program. This will be used from the spring/summer ... By  Katja Keienburg
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Companies consider textile recycling as the solution to solve problems associated with clothing waste. © Future Market Insights

At this point, we present the five most read articles of the past week. The ranking is based on your click behavior on the website. By  Sven Ramer

The digital supply chain is no longer a futuristic concept; it`s a reality, moving fashion at the speed of digital culture, and offering a path towards a more sustainable, responsive, and profitable future. © Kornit

31/08/2023 – Kornit Digital Europe

Kornit Digital Europe

Benefits of a digital supply chain

The fashion and textile industry faces significant challenges in terms of sustainability and efficiency, with an analog supply chain that`s slow-moving ... By  Christine Heywood

Containers with goods from the Far East: The price for transporting a standard 40-foot container from Asia to North Sea ports has dropped below 1,200 Dollar, depending on the relation. © Ian Taylor

08/08/2023 – Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Retailers order significantly fewer goods

The consumer shopping surge for Cyber Monday and the holiday season is expected to be absent, as reported by the supply chan experts from the Bochum-based ... By  Anna Ugrica

Reminding of food traffic light labelling: By entering a few data points, brands can generate an initial PEF score which is valided by TrusTrace data. © Peftrust/TrusTrace

06/07/2023 – Collaboration


TrusTrace and Peftrust offer Lifecycle Assessment Solution

The partnership caters to the needs of fashion brands seeking complete traceability and environmental impact assessment solutions. By  Christine Heywood

Leading Indonesian export-oriented apparel manufacturer successfully goes live with “Centric PLM”. © Busana

05/07/2023 – Software


Busana: Process Optimization with “Centric PLM”

Busana Apparel Group, a leading Indonesian export-oriented apparel manufacturer, successfully implemented “Centric PLM” (Product Lifecycle Management) ... By  Christine Heywood

Lin-Ay by Binky Pitogo is a clothing brand that infuses modernity to the Phillipine National Costume. © Lin-Ay by Binky Pitogo

03/07/2023 – Source Fashion

Source Fashion

Global Sourcing Summit in London

Kensington Olympia, London, is the only venue that has to be visited in order to uncover designers and manufacturers for fashion stores and brands wishing ... By  Christine Heywood

FibreTrace Mapped provides transparency in one easy to use, globally accessible platform with no fees attached. © Fibre Trace

01/02/2023 – Supply chain transparency

Supply chain transparency

New digital blockchain solution at no cost

FibreTrace has released a free digital traceability solution to the textile industry, which maps the global textile supply chain from fibre to retail. By  Sibylle Michel

The EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains was adopted at the end of 2022. © malp/

25/01/2023 – Deforestation-free supply chains

Deforestation-free supply chains

Kelheim Fibres welcomes EU agreement

Kelheim Fibres welcomes the preliminary political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council on an EU regulation on deforestation-free ... By  Sibylle Michel

One of Vaude’s goals is to reduce its CO2 emissions in the global supply chain by 50% by 2030. © Vaude

19/01/2023 – Sustainability


SBTi verifies Vaude’s 1.5 degree climate targets

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) confirmed that Vaude’s planned targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are in line with the 1.5 degree ... By  Sibylle Michel

The Project launches at factories in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. © Deuter

16/01/2023 – Supply chain – digital complaints system

Supply chain – digital complaints system

Atlat’s software enables digital connection with workers worldwide

Backpack pioneer and sleeping bag expert Deuter has teamed up with start-up company Atlat to improve workers’ rights further down its supply chain in Vietnam. By  Sibylle Michel

Demand uncertainty and cost pressure are forcing companies to act. © William W. Potter/

19/12/2022 – Supply Chain

Supply Chain

The ten most important SCM trends of 2023

After in-depth analysis, SCM specialists from Setlog have come up with ten key theses on the most important supply chain trends for 2023. By  Editorial staff

Daniel Harari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lectra: “We look forward to joining forces with TextileGenesis’ talented teams to accelerate the development of their sustainable material traceability solution.” © Lectra

13/12/2022 – Acquisition


Lectra acquires majority of the capital of TextileGenesis

Lectra announces the signature of an agreement to acquire 51% of the capital and voting rights of the Dutch company TextileGenesis. By  Sibylle Michel

Prompted by the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, Apparel brands intensify collaboration with supply chains. © malp/

01/12/2022 – EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles

EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles

Apparel brands intensify collaboration with supply chains

Major apparel brands and organisations are accelerating product innovation and supporting initiatives to promote recycling and circularity in response ... By  Sibylle Michel

With the EcoTrac app, companies can trace their supply chain back to its origin. © Maxim Korte

14/11/2022 – Supply chain transparency

Supply chain transparency

Tracking the supply chain with EcoTrac app

Maxim Korte has developped an App, which provides information about the production status of the product and/or about the materials used. By  Sibylle Michel

With the new tool and certification, Oeko-Tex aims to prevent and mitigate existing and potential negative impacts of companies’ own business operations, their supply chains and in their wider business relationships. © Oeko-Tex

14/11/2022 – Tangible support for due diligence

Tangible support for due diligence

Oeko-Tex launches Responsible Business tool and certification

The Oeko-Tex Responsible Business tool and certification supports brands, retailers and traders in the textile and leather sector with due diligence compliance. By  Sibylle Michel

Kelheim Fibres is a leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres used in fashion, hygiene and medical products, nonwovens etc. © Kelheim Fibres

11/11/2022 – Transparency in the textile chain

Transparency in the textile chain

Kelheim Fibres partners with TextileGenesisTM

Kelheim Fibres partners with TextileGenesisTM, an award-winning traceability platform that creates transparency from fibre-to-retail. By  Sibylle Michel

The delivery situation is constantly improving. © joyfotoliakid/

10/11/2022 – Logistics


Delivery chaos continues to decline

Importers of fast-moving consumer goods don’t need to be on high alert when it comes to mega retail events – at least in regards of sea freight rates and ... By  Sibylle Michel

?From March to December 2021, a group of public buyers of garment and textiles participated in a pilot project to explore the integration of OECD risk-based due diligence into the public procurement of garment and textiles – the OECD Pilot. © j-mel/

30/08/2022 – OECD e-learning course

OECD e-learning course

Due Diligence for Garment and Footwear Supply Chains

A new e-learning course on “Due Diligence for Garment and Footwear Supply Chains” is available. For textile network readers no participation fees are incurred. By  Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

Faruque Hassan, president of the BGMEA: “We believe that sustainability is not only about fulfilling social, ecological and community obligations; it is also about building a strategic coalition among the broader stakeholders toward a sustainable, resilient, modern, fair and equitable supply chain.” © Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

29/08/2022 – Apparel Manufacturing Hub

Apparel Manufacturing Hub

Made in Bangladesh Week

A week-long event from 12 to 18 November 2022 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, will showcase sustainability strides being made by Bangladesh garment makers. By  Editorial staff

Trims solutions specialist, Trimco Group, introduces supply chain transparency and traceability platform: Product DNA. © Trimco Group

22/08/2022 – Traceability platform

Traceability platform

Making supply chain traceability easier

To help brands support their environmental and social credentials, Trimco Group releases a transparency and traceability platform. By  Sibylle Michel

A core part of Säntis’ growth strategy is developing fibre tracing technology for its recycling technology, RCO100. © Säntis Textiles

19/08/2022 – Traceability in the supply chain

Traceability in the supply chain

Säntis Textiles expands into traceable fibre technology

Säntis Textiles is a strategic development partner of FibreTrace. The aim of the partnership is to work alongside FibreTrace to develop a unique traceable ... By  Sibylle Michel

Container terminal in the Port of Hamburg: Currently, ships are jammed on the North Sea waiting to be unloaded. © HHM/Thomas Wagener

18/07/2022 – Container chaos

Container chaos

Ocean freight rates to decrease in fall

The German economy has been groaning under congestion of container ships, expensive drayage transport, container shortage. But there is relief in sight ... By  Sibylle Michel

150 logistics managers from German companies took part in the survey on IT and data security in the supply chain. © Hermes

04/07/2022 – Hermes-Barometer survey on IT and data security

Hermes-Barometer survey on IT and data security

Increasing concern about cyber attacks on supply chains

The threat that is presented to supply chains by cybercrime has increased. A growing number of companies are addressing the potential risks and taking ... By  Sibylle Michel

sedApta Suite is a software and hardware solution to optimize processes across the supply chain. © sedApta

10/06/2022 – Texprocess: sedApta

Texprocess: sedApta

Active support of the S&OP ecosystem in the fashion industry

The growing importance of e-commerce is having a significant impact on the fashion and luxury industry. By  Sibylle Michel

Ralf Duester, member of Setlog’s board of directors: “With OSCA, our customers have a user-friendly, digital tool with which they can master the complexity of topics such as CSR, supplier management, purchasing, logistics and quality control.” © Setlog

09/06/2022 – Texprocess: Setlog

Texprocess: Setlog

Software solution for a transparent supply chain

Software company Setlog will present its enhanced SCM software OSCA at Texprocess. In Hall 8.0 Booth B95, the supply chain experts will demonstrate the ... By  Sibylle Michel

The Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative is led by the STAR Network, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the Better Buying Institute and supported by GIZ FABRIC. © Visual Hunt

01/06/2022 – STTI White paper

STTI White paper

White paper on Sustainable Trade Compliance available

Achieving agreements on practical steps to improve purchasing practices between globally acting operating organizations and their members is STTI’s declared ... By  Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

Global Business Sentiment, Q1 ‘21 – Q1 ‘22 © GlobalData

02/05/2022 – Economy


Business sentiment remained flat in Q1 2022

Business sentiment plateaued in Q1 2022 compared to the previous quarter, while gaining 6% compared to Q1 2021. By  Editorial staff

With the SCM software OSCA, companies can manage their global supply chains and suppliers. © Setlog

15/03/2022 – Software for the supply chain

Software for the supply chain

Enhanced SCM software OSCA

Software company Setlog will present its enhanced SCM software OSCA at the Stuttgart intralogistics trade fair LogiMAT, May 31 – June 2, 2022. By  Sibylle Michel

The supply chain disruptions made it difficult for textile and apparel companies to rebound consumer demand. © Jacob Lund Photography/

Remember the pre-pandemic period when economic indicators raised hopes of a sustained growth and robust demand? The hopes were dashed after the dreaded ... By  Editorial staff

From the left: Chen Si Hellmann, Jens Wollesen, Dr Claudia Schilling and Christoph Holtkemper bid the first train from Chongqing welcome in Bremen. © Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

15/02/2022 – Transportation


Hellmann expands silk road

As of mid-January 2022 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has been operating a weekly train on the new silk road between Chongqing and Bremen. By  Sibylle Michel

ITC collaborates with IAF to boost exports of garment manufacturers. © Lnunes/

27/01/2022 – ITC Partnership with IAF

ITC Partnership with IAF

Boost exports of garment manufacturers

ITC and IAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support associations of garment manufacturers as well as garment apparel manufacturing companies in ... By  Editorial staff

Finished goods have been taking longer to reach their destinations as shortages of containers and outbreaks of Covid-19 have halted operations and caused delays at ports. © Travel mania/

27/01/2022 – Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Apparel supply chains under pressure

Global apparel supply chains are under pressure as prices of fibres and other textile materials rise, energy costs soar and costs of freight escalate. By  Editorial staff

EU-UK trade figures confirm: BREXIT has been a “lose-lose” deal for the textile industry. © brainwashed4you/

Latest trade data show a dramatic drop of imports and exports of textile goods between the EU and UK, with significant losses for companies on both sides. By  Editorial staff

Jürgen Eizinger, Vice President of Global Nonwovens Business, Lenzing AG, underlines: It is indeed a timely launch! © Lenzing AG/Leopold

07/01/2022 – Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Lenzing’s fiber identification system for beauty products

Lenzing launches industry’s first fiber identification system for beauty products as solution to cosmetic industry’s demand for supply chain transparency. By  Sibylle Michel

The 15. edition of the Hermes Barometer presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among 200 logistics decision-makers in Germany. © Hermes

04/01/2022 – Green supply chain management

Green supply chain management

Only one in three companies record CO2 footprint

The number of companies documenting their CO2 footprint has increased sharply. However, for many, the road to a sustainable supply chain is still quite ... By  Sibylle Michel

Manlio Ferragni, Group Supply Chain & Purchasing Director, Klopman: “It is an important strategic step towards a new way of thinking and managing the communication interface of the entire supply chain.” © Klopman

14/12/2021 – Enhancing supply chain transparency

Enhancing supply chain transparency

Klopman with new supplier portal

Klopman, an European manufacturer of technical fabrics for workwear, has designed and implemented a web-based application called ‘Supplier Portal’. By  Editorial staff

It is anticipated that the technology will be adopted at scale across all textile processing sites and facilities in Benin and across the African sub-continent. © FibreTrace

08/12/2021 – Africa’s first fully traceable cotton supply chain

Africa’s first fully traceable cotton supply chain

ARISE IIP and FibreTrace collaborate for pilot program

The partnership between FibreTrace and ARISE IIP will bring full traceability to the first of their kind, vertically integrated mills in the Republic of ... By  Editorial staff

Many supply chain managers who have not yet addressed the issue are putting it off for the time being due to operational business. This is a mistake. © William W. Potter/

06/12/2021 – Supply Chain Due Diligence Act

Supply Chain Due Diligence Act

Do your homework now!

The preparations for implementing the regulations of the new Supply Chain Due Diligence Act from 2023 can take months. Therefore: Take action now! By  Editorial staff

Faruque Hassan, President of the BGMEA, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, announcing the dates and the location for the IAF’s 37th World Fashion Convention 2022, which will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

01/12/2021 – 36th IAF Convention

36th IAF Convention

Transition of the global fashion system

Our correspondent Yvonne-Heinen Foudeh was onsite at the IAF Convention and Euratex Convention, Nov. 7-9, 2021, in Antwerp, Belgium. By  Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

EU-27 T&C Turnover: rebased quarterly index (pre-pandemic level 2019Q4=100) © Euratex

02/11/2021 – Euratex economic survey

Euratex economic survey

New challenges after the recovery from Covid19-crisis

Euratex’ latest economic survey shows: European Textiles and Clothing (T&C) industry is coming out of the Covid19-crisis, but faces new challenges ahead. By  Editorial staff

In September 2016 Han Bekke had been appointed to the president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF). During that 36th IAF Convention Han Bekke will hand over the IAF presidency to Cem Altan, founder of Aycem Textiles. © IAF

11/10/2021 – Four questions to Han Bekke

Four questions to Han Bekke

“Apparel supply chain needs re-set…”

Our dialogue partner is an excellent listener, always open-minded in the true sense of the word: reflection included. And so Han Bekke did not hesitate ... By  Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

With the help of OSCA, companies can bring transparency to their supply chain. For the further development of the software, Setlog’s experts have been in contact with relevant industry associations and many customers. © Lnunes/

21/07/2021 – Supply Chain Act

Supply Chain Act

Setlog adapts SCM software OSCA

Setlog adapts its SCM software OSCA to the new market situation. This makes it even easier to implement the Supply Chain Act. By  Sibylle Michel

Each morning the keynote speakers will open the programme with exciting statements and lectures. © Irina Sokolovskaya/

17/03/2021 – 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

Keynotes: Sustainability, transparency and responsibility

Around 400 participants from over 30 countries have registered for the conference, which takes place on 17 and 18 March. By  Sibylle Michel

Message by video from Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability H&M Group: Uniform legislation on corporate due diligence is important. © OECD_screenshot

17/02/2021 – Diligence in the garment and footwear sector

Diligence in the garment and footwear sector

The 2021 OECD Garment Forum

Labour, human rights, environmental, integrity. The forum discusses emerging risks and the implementation of due diligence in a global world. By  Editorial staff

Today, the results of OECD evaluations, their rulebooks are absent on hardly any issue of international relevance. © OECD

17/02/2021 – Key resources for a responsible supply chain

Key resources for a responsible supply chain

OECD: Sector significant

Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh reports from this year's OECD virtual apparel forum for textile network. By  Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

On a side session of the current OECD Forum, ITMF and IAF presented the Standards Convergence Initiative. After the Paris event in 2020, video conferences are currently on the agenda. Unquestionably different - certainly climate-friendly. (from left to right: Christian Schindler, ITMF; Matthijs Crietee, IAF; Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh, M+M; Deniz Thiede, Triple-Tree). © yh-f

17/02/2021 – Together against audit fatigue

Together against audit fatigue

OECD’s February Forum: New initiative by ITMF and IAF

An article by Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh. By  Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh

To successfully enter cross-border e-commerce, know-how is required. © Unsplash/Ken Yam

04/05/2020 – Advert


Cross-Border Commerce

In 2018, e-shoppers generated sales of more than 1.1 trillion euros worldwide – one of the reasons why more and more retailers want to internationalize ... By  Editorial staff