by Fashinnovator, Jacqueline M. Jenkins, acting executive director of Strategic Planning and Innovation at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
An area of opportunities that new entrants to the fashion supply chain might consider is work within the advanced textiles field. There is a need for materials scientists and designers to develop fabrics of the future that possess aesthetically pleasing, environmentally-friendly characteristics such as being biodegradable and self-repairing. From a anufacturing perspective, the concept of reshoring, the movement of production back to the market of origin, is causing a rise in the need for engineering talent capable of supporting robotic production in local markets. For business management students, the use of artificial intelligence is a compliance game-changer that is enabling companies to apply analytics to support the monitoring of production practices throughout their entire supply chain.