Research

We have a strong record of internationally recognised research. Our focus is on providing research-led solutions combined with a sharp commercial focus, to help businesses achieve their corporate goals and objectives. A key area of research interest is ethical fashion supply chain management.

Key Projects

Market-driven ethical supply chain management for fashion retailers
This project, funded by the ESRC, is developing online training materials for fashion retailers to improve their ethical supply chain management. Working with industry partners George Davies, Schuh and Johnstons of Elgin, the project is identifying the barriers that fashion retailers face in managing ethical standards across complex global supply chains. It aims improve knowledge and awareness, and enable fashion retailers to balance commercial pressures of cost and lead time without sacrificing ethical sourcing principles.

Digital web technology for fashion retailers
This interactive digital technology project looked at improving fashion consumers’ website experiences by improving their ability to evaluate product qualities online. It explored how digitally crowdsourced visual feedback of fabrics and textures can help to improve retail buyers’ decision making and reduce markdowns and unsold stock, as well as shortening the product development and buying process for fashion retailers.

Mapping the global footwear supply chain
This project mapped the global footwear supply chain and explored the role of footwear packaging for both buying and logistics functions. Its aim was to help fashion footwear retailers understand the visibility of demand throughout the supply chain and enhance the coordination of each of the supply chain components, linking production, logistics and retail functions.

Local sourcing of value-added garment manufacturing
Working with Scottish knitwear company Johnstons of Elgin the project investigated the added-value of sustaining local European garment production for the luxury fashion market.

Supply chain performance in the sportswear sector
This consultancy project for Lawson Software on supply chain performance in the sportswear sector involved quantitative analysis of the performance metrics of over 50 global sportswear companies. It analysed trends in outsourcing and identified potential hidden costs and risks of outsourcing production of sportswear garments to manufacturers in lower labour-cost countries.