Case ID: HKU358
Solution ID: 24451

TAL Apparel Ltd

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The global apparel industry is known to be a buyer-driven industry, led by retailers, marketers, and branded manufacturers. In the United States, in particular, a handful of giant retailers (Wal-Mart, Sears, Kmart, Dayton Hudson, JC Penney), which account for over two-thirds of all apparel sales, dominate the industry. In recent years, these companies have increasingly deployed information technologies to gain market knowledge, streamline their value chains, and manage their extensive global sourcing networks. In response to market demand, TAL Apparel Ltd. (TAL), a no-name Hong Kong-based garment manufacturer, has developed a sophisticated information management system to manage the supply chain for its retailer customers, thus solidifying its position in the apparel value chain. By taking ownership of the customer ordering, inventory management, and shipment dispatch functions, the manufacturer has gained valuable access to real-time market information, allowing it to venture into the design and test marketing business. Explores how a traditionally weak member in the apparel industry uses IT to gain competitive advantage in the intensely competitive global marketplace.

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