Even Simple Objects are a Reminder of Supply Chain Complexity
Pick up a simple, common object you’ve got around–a lightbulb, a pencil, a t-shirt, a frozen pizza–and try to explain where it came from. Likely, for every answer you have about one component or process, several more are unknown. We choose a pair of jeans for this thought experiment. We outlined the movement from cotton to fabric to pants to consumer, but what about the zipper or the hangtags? How fast can the average apparel worker sew one pair? How long will it take to cross the ocean and then the last mile? If something goes wrong along the way, how can the product still be delivered on-time? Will the customer purchase it in-store or online? When looked at in detail, and believe me you can keep going down the rabbit hole, it seems unfathomable that a product ever winds up on a store shelf. Yet, there are over a billion pairs of jeans purchased every year, and for each one, that limitless set of questions was addressed. Explore how the denim supply chain delivers in our #JourneyOfJeans infographic.