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Fashion and the Global Supply Chain

Bloomsbury Academic via FutureLearn


Explore business strategies and decision-making in the fashion industry

The processes involved in fashion manufacturing are complex and wide-ranging on a global scale.

This four-week course will introduce you to supply chains and their applications in the fashion industry.

Design and implement missions, objectives and business strategies across your fashion brand

Supply chain accountability has become increasingly important for fashion businesses to demonstrate.

On this course, you’ll learn to create clear mission statements and objectives, and develop a value chain that aligns with your brand goals. You’ll explore the global textiles industry and the role of consumer behavior and fashion media within the structure of fashion retailing.

Using case studies, you’ll examine real-life brand strategies that address competition and improve organizational structures. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to identify areas for improvement within your own business.

Develop a sustainable supply chain for your fashion business

Consumers now class sustainability as a key factor when choosing a fashion brand.

You’ll learn techniques to improve sustainability in supply chains and create ethically accountable business processes.

Improve logistics and supply chain management across your brand

Fashion supply chains can improve sustainability, as well as efficiency, by responsibly managing sourcing decisions.

You’ll learn how to create sourcing criteria, covering everything from manufacturing costs to completing factory audits.

With these skills, you’ll be able to create a cost-effective, efficient chain of processes to manufacture your goods.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand global fashion supply chain processes. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to adapt current structures to improve efficiency and increase sustainability within your brand.

This course is for managers and leaders within fashion businesses who want to gain a deeper understanding of supply chain processes and operations.


  • The global fashion industry
    • Course welcome
    • Processes across the fashion supply chain: Design, manufacturing, merchandising and marketing
    • Ready-to-wear fashion industry
    • Fashion retailing and consumer behavior
    • Support industries: Media and trade associations
    • Week wrap up
  • Missions, objectives, and competitive strategies of fashion businesses
    • Weekly welcome
    • Missions of companies in the fashion industry
    • Goals and objectives of companies in the fashion industry
    • Forms of competition in the fashion industry
    • Brand strategies in the fashion industry
    • Organizational structure of fashion companies
    • Week wrap up
  • Sustainable supply chains in the fashion industry
    • Weekly welcome
    • Supply chain strategies in the fashion industry
    • Developing sustainable supply chains in fashion
    • Fashion supply chain calenders
    • Supply chain management in fashion
    • Week wrap up
  • Sourcing decisions across the fashion supply chain
    • Weekly welcome
    • Criteria used in sourcing decisions
    • Political and geographical criteria
    • Sourcing options
    • Codes of conduct in sourcing decisions
    • Steps in making sourcing decisions
    • Course wrap up

Taught by

Astrid deRidder


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