Process Innovation: Hidden Secret to Success and Efficiency

Byoungho Ellie Jin, Elena Cedrola, Naeun (Lauren) Kim

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Process innovation is an improved way of doing things across the entire supply chain including management, to expand efficiency in terms of cost, quality, and service. While being internal and invisible to customers in nature, process innovations are intermediate outcomes that serve as a means for achieving higher-level performance, rather than as a goal. Yet, by reducing the time and cost to produce a product or perform a service, and increasing productivity and turnover growth, process innovations add value to fashion firms and serve to highlight their products. In this chapter, process innovations occurring in the global fashion industry are examined using actual examples from global fashion brands in five areas—product development, production, order fulfillment, store operations, and at the service level. Notably, information systems, digital technologies, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are important tools for process innovation, especially in enhancing supply chain efficiency, obtaining real-time data, optimizing deliveries, and reducing the time needed for production and service. However, process innovation should not be understood only from the perspective of information systems and technologies because it is possible to achieve without them, especially in terms of management. It is critically important for firms to clearly identify challenge areas and execute process innovation either incrementally or radically, with or without technologies, aligning with their existing systems. This chapter concludes by emphasizing the critical importance of constant process innovation for fashion firms to achieve success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Practice
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Fashion Brand Management
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Practice: Global Fashion Brand Management
ISSN (Print)2523-3505
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3513

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  • Agile supply chain
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital technologies
  • Process innovation


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