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Footwear’s ‘New Norm’ to Overtake Dress Styles by 2021, NPD 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.

Move over, fashion: The NPD Group forecasts sports-inspired styles will be the largest category in footwear by 2021. Athletic-inspired styles like casual sneakers, sport slides and skate shoes, are expected to surpass fashion styles over the next two years according to “The Future of Footwear,” a report the market analytics firm released on Sept. 26….

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