- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) continues to cast a shadow over the apparel industry. Not only does the e-commerce giant create pricing headaches for major clothing manufacturers, but the company’s supply chain efficiencies and trove of consumer data are exceedingly hard to match.
- The next shot from Seattle could be even more disruptive. Amazon has a patent in its back pocket for a process covering the on-demand manufacturing of clothing and other products in a computerized method (screen capture tof AMZN patent).
- “By aggregating orders from various geographic locations and coordinating apparel assembly processes on a large scale, the embodiments provide new ways to increase efficiency in apparel manufacturing,” reads the patent. The implication is that excess inventory would be no longer be a problem.
- Amazon, which already has it own brands of shoes, dresses and suits, is also planning to develop a line of activewear, according to a Recode report.
- While it’s unclear in what direction Amazon’s apparel push will go, on-demand apparel manufacturing could create a broad reset in the textile industry. Early adopters could be investment winners.
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