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Digitization: The next stop for the apparel-sourcing caravan

– Stepping up digital efforts in purchasing could help apparel companies transform. A survey of sourcing executives highlights trends and opportunities.

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The new consumer

Changes in technology and economic opportunity are dramatically altering the global consumer landscape.
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Perspectives on retail and consumer goods, Number 5

– The fifth edition of our consumer journal helps readers turn today’s industry challenges into opportunities.

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Saving, scrimping, and … splurging? New insights into consumer behavior

– Our global survey of more than 22,000 consumers highlights recent shifts in buying behaviors, which have important implications... for retailers and packaged-goods companies alike.
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The consumer sector in 2030: Trends and questions to consider

– In light of dramatic changes in the consumer landscape, how can retail and packaged-goods executives prepare for the future?
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Here comes the modern Chinese consumer

– Despite concerns about economic growth, the country’s consumers keep spending. Yet our latest survey reveals changes in... what they’re buying and how they’re buying it.
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The two faces of fashion-industry performance

– Top-quintile companies are the engines of value creation. Digitization and better in-store experiences will drive future gains.
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Chinese luxury consumers: More global, more demanding, still spending

– Even as growth slows, there’s a sizable, and sophisticated, pool of luxury shoppers in China. But brands need to take a... new approach to keep them interested.
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Turning indirect sourcing into a multimillion-dollar profit center

– Retail is facing massively declining margins and is struggling—and losing—against e-commerce. We highlight the case... for change, and offer guidelines on getting next-generation, business-backed not-for-resale sourcing.
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The state of fashion

– After a tough 2016, growth in the $2.4 trillion industry may accelerate next year, according to the first joint report from McKinsey... and the Business of Fashion.
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The secret to smarter fresh-food replenishment? Machine learning

– With machine-learning technology, retailers can address the common—and costly—problem of having too much or too little fresh food... in stock.
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How retailers can improve price perception—profitably

– New methodologies, powered by big data and advanced analytics, can help retailers attract value-conscious consumers without sacrificing... margins.
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The quest for quality in fresh-food retailing

– In fresh foods, quality is critical—but hard to define and measure. Here’s how retailers can make the quality investments that... yield the highest returns.
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Rethinking the rules of reorganization

– Play favorites. Ask for bad ideas. Skip meetings. Here’s some unconventional advice on how consumer companies can get the... most out of an organizational redesign.

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