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Pandemic Erased Famous Footwear’s Strong Start, Caleres Says

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Caleres, the parent company behind Famous Footwear, Allen Edmonds and others, saw its net sales nearly cut in half in the first quarter. In a Nutshell: After shuttering its fleet in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Caleres has reopened approximately 60 percent of its store base as of June 4, including 555 Famous Footwear…

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