H&M threads USA into online operations
Despite a strong online presence in a number of other international territories, H&M has been slow to extend their online operations to the US. However, through the launch of a new E-store, American customers from all 50 states can now finally make online purchases.
Since opening their first store in Sweden in 1947, the retailer has woven a reputation for providing fashionable and affordable clothing. With the expansion of their online store, H&M hopes to achieve further success through offering US customers a broader range of garment sizes, as well as a number of online-exclusive products. Furthermore, it seems the fashion retailer plans to capitalize on other market segments, with the addition of a new range of home-ware products.
Given that H&M has already achieved recognition for their efforts to achieve transparency and sustainability across their supply chain, it will be of great public interest to see how the company approaches supply chain issues associated with online retail.
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Are Apple’s efforts too little, too late?
In an interesting attempt to improve the public perception of their supply chain practices and working conditions, Apple has agreed to allow several leading American academics to scrutinize its methods. The board, made up of academic volunteers and led by Watson Institute Director Professor Richard Locke, will study and give recommendations about Apple’s current supply chain practices. As part of this agreement, the academics also have permission to publish their findings in professional academic journals.
Apple’s pre-eminent attempt to appease public opinion may however be short lived. Recent developments published by the Independent suggest Apple stands accused of child labor, forced overtime and illegal 66-hour working weeks in their Chinese supplier’s factories. The US-based China Labor Watch (CLW) found 86 violations of labor rights at three factories operated by Pegatron, who makes equipment for Apple computers and iPhones. Infringements encompass everything from staff recruitment processes to factory floor conditions. Pegatron was especially criticized for hiring children under the age of eighteen, and forcing them to work in the similarly poor conditions of their adult staff.
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6 key principles for achieving an ethical supply chain
In recent times, global supply chains have come under increasing scrutiny as a number of high profile businesses have fallen short of customers’ ethical expectations. Following a number of saddening incidents, businesses have come under increasing pressure to prevent supply chain disasters such as the devastating factory collapse in Bangladesh.
While many global businesses have taken steps towards achieving a more ethical supply chain, an interesting article featured in the Guardian this week, highlighted 6 principles which businesses must follow in order to build a socially responsible supply chain. In addition to developing strict ethical buying polices, the article highlights the importance of reducing supply chain complexity and cultivating collaboration between supply chain partners. Through following such principles, businesses can take a more proactive approach in ensuring that ethical standards are maintained throughout the supply chain.
To read more about these 6 key principles, click here.
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