In the Age of Connected Retail, Are You a Responsive Partner?

On March 12th and 13th, The CCCT (China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textiles & Apparel) and ECV International hosted the 6th Annual China Textile & Apparel Forum in Shanghai. Over 300 attendees from six continents attended. The audience from the global supply chain has increasing concerns about the challenges in the industry today. My keynote brought a different perspective - to focus on the consumer and not just your own efficiencies. A summary of my presentation follows: Global Retail 2017 was an important year for retail Record numbers of stores closed Amazon and Alibaba continue to grow Consumers changing - baby boomers giving way to millennials The year ended with t

China and Change - China Brings Forth a New Type of Party System

In 2017, China’s economy grew 6.9%. This growth contributed 30% to global economic growth, a fact that is quite impressive. Consistently, over the past decade, China has been able to expand its economy because it has relaxed the trade policies, and it has allowed foreign direct investment, facilitating trade. On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 China held its 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing. Despite global economic, technological and military growth, President Xi Jinping and the ruling party announced a massive cabinet restructuring. The new cabinet will have 15 fewer government entities. The restructuring is part of a broad plan of the ruling party of China to reform the party, and