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Without a doubt, 2020 will set the stage for major changes across industries throughout the world. It may not be possible for individuals and businesses to operate in the manner that they have over the past few decades. Adoption of new technology and innovation will be key for industries to survive a newly tumultuous corporate landscape. The fashion industry is no exception. As the world begins its journey throughout the second half of 2020, here are some fashion industry transformations to expect in the coming years.

The clothing and fashion industry has long been at the forefront of innovation and technology. From the creation of hybrid materials to smarter supply planning, apparel manufacturers have always been looking for cutting-edge advantages in a highly competitive industry. This has led to major advancements and creative concepts that continue to change the way clothes are made, sold, and even worn.

In order for brands, retailers, and manufacturers to be successful, they need a fully connected supply chain that can turn their ideas into production-ready garments in a matter of hours. Gerber Technology's all-new AccuMark February 2020 streamlines the entire process from design through product development while drastically reducing cost, material waste, and time to market. 

I have spent almost 10 years making the case for 3D technology in the apparel industry. When we look at other industries like automotive, industrial design, and architecture, we see that 3D has been a vital part of their workflow for many years now. It may be that we are spoiled in our industry. If we want to see a new dress or shirt, we can cut and sew one. An automotive company cannot make a new car every time they want to change a body line. Simply put, the product development teams in these other industries were forced to trust the 3D prototype. We, in the apparel industry, are now accepting that we need to do the same.

Fashion and style are always changing, but the practices within the fashion industry haven’t always been so quick to adapt. As a $2 trillion dollar industry that uses a wide variety of materials, fashion creates a tremendous amount of waste and pollution. For decades, the industry got away with this without much harm, because the average consumer simply wasn’t aware of the damage that was being done to the environment in order to manufacturer their coat or jeans. 

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