Accenture

From the ground up, Accenture is partnering with Sri Lanka-based apparel manufacturer, Brandix, to help “future-ready” its operations.

Accenture is no stranger to technology partnerships. In the past, New York Fashion Tech Lab and the Council of Fashion Designers of America were marked collaborations in which Accenture, a global professional services company focused on a broad range of services and solutions across industries, fostered innovation in its tech-integration initiatives.

In the agreement with Brandix, Accenture will develop “innovative solutions” for driving productivity and process workflow efficiency. Utilizing technologies such as Internet of Things, while leveraging data science, analytics and consulting prowess on strategy and operations, the goal will be to “work toward significantly enhancing the company’s top-line growth and bottom-line savings in the next six years,” according to Manish Sharma, group operating officer for Accenture Operations, in a statement.

As the single largest employer in Sri Lanka’s export sector, developing, manufacturing and marketing end-to-end apparel solutions, the project “is in line with our overall strategic decision to develop the apparel ecosystem and create a future-ready, global organization for the digital era,” said Ashroff Omar, Brandix’s group chief executive officer.

The collaboration shows the importance of investing in one’s “core processes,” (including manufacturing, supply chain, finance and human resources departments) — showing that for apparel manufacturers to compete in this digitally driven and data-centric world, embedding technology must extend past the “edges of systems.”

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