WILL AMAZON’S ON-DEMAND MANUFACTURING CREATE TROUBLE FOR FAST-FASHION?

In The Daily Scoop by Lauren Parker, Accessories MagazineLeave a Comment

Are fast-fashion’s better days behind it? Will on-demand manufacturing reinvent the clothing business as we know it? These are questions that may be answered if Amazon.com moves ahead with a patent it filed in late 2015. Recode has reported on the patent application, which details a highly-automated system using textile printers, cutters and an assembly line. The plans also include cameras positioned to capture images of the garments produced in order to monitor quality and increase efficiency during future runs. Amazon’s on-demand model emphasizes cost reduction, envisioning a process in which manufacturers’ orders are organized in batch runs determined by factors such as the shipping addresses of customers. Amazon sees its system having applications beyond clothes to include a wide variety of source materials and extending to categories such as bedding, curtains, towels and footwear. Read more at Retail Wire

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