The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) continuing its successful series of WFSGI Manufacturers Forum conducted its latest event on December 2 and 3, 2015 gathering sporting goods and apparel brands and their independent supplier factories on a global basis to discuss topics ‘Beyond Lean Manufacturing’.
The forum supported by the International Apparel Federation, not only focused on the more technically orientated topics but also on corporate responsibility in its many aspects. During the two-day conference the audience got an opportunity to interactively participate in workshops and raise questions to the keynote speakers with regard to circular manufacturing, lean production, reduction of labor intensive production as well as workforce education and human-centered manufacturing.
From how to implement lean production to how to get product to market faster and increase the value of a product by reducing or repurposing manufacturing waste into new products or revenue streams, the forum discussed several challenges manufacturers, brands and retailers face in today’s consumer-driven global marketplace. The event hosted around 200 sourcing, supply chain managers, and operations directors from sporting goods apparel, footwear, textile and bike industries.
Most of the speakers spoke about new-age technology and how to reach consumers faster or speed to market approach giving different examples from the industry.