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Tech Company to Digitize European Fashion Supply Chains

European fashion businesses will no longer be disconnected from the continent’s supply chains.

eBIZ, a fashion communication public-private initiative, is launching eBIZ 4.0, a new project that will digitize European SME fashion businesses’ manufacturing processes and connect fashion companies across Europe.

Core eBIZ stakeholders, including Enea and Eurotex, along with IT companies CLAVEi, Kyklos and Schaeffer Productique, will execute the project, which has an overall budget of $1.6 million and was granted a 50 percent costs co-funding from the European Commission. The project is expected to run from 2017 to 2019.

The project’s IT tools will streamline logistics management and facilitate communication among companies, suppliers and consumers. RFID and NFC technologies will be used to effectively exchange data and promote greater transparency for all fashion companies involved in Europe’s supply chains.

At least 100 companies will benefit from the project’s solutions and span clothing, footwear and textile producers across Europe. From the project, fashion businesses will be able to heighten product traceability, minimize turnaround time, foster better warehouse management and comply with sustainable standards through the project’s digital data exchange capabilities.

eBIZ’s latest development follows the fashion industry’s concern over supply chain authenticity. In November, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) indicated that supply chain risk has hit a breaking point since 2013, especially in Europe. Western Europe’s supply chain risk rose to 2.63 in the third quarter, which was higher from 2.60 achieved in early 2016. Brexit and trade’s unknown outlook were to blame for increased supply chain risk, as fashion businesses continue to combat a poor economy, new politicians and the pressure to preserve Earth’s resources.