A recent Financial Times article proclaimed Europe to be at the heart of fashion innovation, citing the March takeover of UK-based Net-a-Porter by Italian retailer YOOX as a prime example. Certainly, Europe’s renowned design schools, legacy brands and manufacturing roots are strongly appealing to successful retailers and fashion tech startups alike. It’s all making for an interesting scenario in which many e-commerce entrepreneurs in the fashion space are now basing their operations overseas in order to effectively build business, while looking to launch and ship in the U.S. market.
Whether you're a warehouse manager, the entrepreneurial driving force behind a fashion startup, or an executive at an established design house, be sure to check out the August 2014 edition of the Ackerman Company's Warehousing Forum. This month's guest author is none other than our very own Bruce Welty, CEO of Quiet Logistics, offering a thoughtful, in-depth response to the question of how best to leverage technology as a logistics service provider in today's fast-changing world.
In 2011, we opened our first Devens warehouse and distribution center, powered by a new, technologically inclined approach to order fulfillment. In just a few (busy!) years, we've increased from 100 to 650 employees, expanded into a second 184,000 square-foot space, and have become a job growth leader in Devens, as reported this week in the WB Journal.
On Quiet's reading list this week: Andy Dunn's wonderfully honest, insightful, even surprising take on building a strong company culture, in the print and online versions of Business of Fashion. It's a must for any entrepreneur and every corporate leader. Kudos, Andy - we're proud to be your partner and participants in the innovative culture you've created at Bonobos.
The Quiet team was thrilled to watch Milly founder and designer Michelle Smith dazzle "Project Runway All Stars" finalists with a glimpse into her studio, and the opportunity to create a piece for her new collection. We love the winning dress - a graphic knockout from Seth Aaron Henderson, available here. Reflecting Milly's commitment to supporting local designers, factories and supplies, all profits from this dress go to New York City's Save the Garment Center campaign.
Topics: fashion and apparel fulfillment
At Quiet Logistics we are all about sending great new products out into the world. That’s why we are proud to sponsor Brand Assembly LA, a wholesale trade show featuring Spring/Summer 2014 collections from 60 of the best emerging and established contemporary fashion and accessories brands around.
Have you ever gotten a sample or coupon tucked inside an eCommerce order? Doesn't it feel great? Those of us in the fulfillment world call all of these extras "inserts" -- and using them wisely - along with tissue paper - can go a long way towards improving brand loyalty and your customers' eCommerce experience.