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Can Apparel Get Out in Front of a Growing Returns Problem?

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.

All the talk about this holiday’s “Shipageddon” has many in apparel worried about drowning in a tsunami of returns. A CBRE report projects e-commerce returns this season could reach $70.5 billion, a massive 73 percent increase from the previous five-year average. On top of already strained carrier networks such as FedEx, UPS and the USPS,…

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