In a world where next-day shipping is a consumer expectation, it’s safe to say that consumers aren’t interested in waiting for weeks or months for products. This new consumer climate is challenging brands, retailers and manufacturers to find innovative ways to produce their products.
3D technology is growing among apparel retailers and brands. However, many brands and retailers are relying on 3D alone to meet consumer demands which is leaving them frustrated. The real value is an end-to-end solution, not a feature, that will facilitate On-Demand Manufacturing or what some are calling the "Microfactory”.
The intersection of innovation and style has always fueled the fashion industry. As the processes used to produce apparel transform and opportunities for improved efficiencies emerge, thanks to innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), companies in the fashion and apparel space would be well-served to pay close attention to industry trends. Doing so allows companies to effectively reach consumers and remain relevant in a changing marketplace.
With the rapid pace of technological advancement, and an increasingly connected global market place, it is clear that 2019 will be a year marked by innovation. Innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) are capturing the attention of both the public and leaders in a variety of industries, and the fashion and apparel industry is certainly no exception.
Technology and manufacturing continue to evolve, and 2019 is sure to signal further evolution in the way products are designed and produced. As customers’ needs and products evolve together with the technology they utilize, it is critical that tools and systems are employed that can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of businesses both large and small.