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3-D Technology Makes Greater Inroads in Footwear

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.

The technology takeover is making its way into apparel and footwear, albeit a bit later than other industries, but companies specializing in 3-D are beginning to see the benefits of making for the footwear industry.

At a Sourcing at Magic seminar Tuesday, Matt Priest, president of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) said 3-D may be just what helps repatriate manufacturing.

“We are on the cusp of a kind of revolution that may drive production back to the United States,” Priest said, touching on the cost, material and labor savings that 3-D technology could mean for footwear.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.

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