Advanced applications of Supply Chain Management (SCM) can be seen in the retail industry, especially in the apparel sector. It adds value to the business by reducing the total costs spread across the trading process by manipulating the speed and certainty of reply to the market. It enables the industry to remain competitive both at the domestic and global markets.
To capture good profits, the apparel industry must bring adequate change in its supply chain system. Managing the supply chain requires a balancing act, meeting multiple needs. Retailers must focus in delivering high service levels, and also keep low costs so as to remain competitive. Since the supply chain involves a hefty expenditure, remodeling, or modifying their existing networks will help the business to reduce their inventory costs, and increase operating efficiencies thereby ultimately gain more profits.
In today's world of business, the environment has undergone drastic changes, and has become more competitive than ever before. With the increasing reach of media, and globalization of business, one countrys products are available in other countries in a wink. SCM aids the organization to evaluate their entire operation, and restructure it in such a way, that, they can focus on its core competencies. It also aids the business in outsourcing those processes, which is out of bounds of their core competencies. Selecting the appropriate system of SCM will not only enhance the companys market position, but also provide them with strategic decisions in choosing the right partners, manpower and resources.