As fuel costs migrate north for the summer, retailers seem to be scaling back on their supply chain costs, which can turn into bad news for fast fashionistas. Many apparel merchants are drastically reducing the percentage of Asian-manufactured apparel shipped via airfreight, opting instead for cheaper, but significantly slower, ocean liners to transport goods to North American markets.
To learn more about this shift in global sourcing strategies, access the April 2012 digital edition of Integrated Solutions For Retailers.
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