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Operations Management in Apparel Retailing: Processes, Frameworks and Optimization

Felipe Caro
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Suite B420
Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Victor Martínez-de-Albéniz
IESE Business School
University of Navarra
Av. Pearson 21 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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  • Abstract
    Apparel retailing is a large industry that requires managing simple yet highly uncertain and time-sensitive processes. Operations management frameworks can help in taking good design, production and distribution decisions quickly, using all the available information. Indeed, the success of “fast-fashion” retailers such as Zara is built on the use of simple principles that allow these companies to react to rapid changes in market conditions. In this article, we review the decision models at the basis of the current best practices.
  • Keywords: Assortment planning, Sourcing, Inventory management, Distribution policies.
  • AMS Subject classifications: 90B05, 90B30.