Process change in fashion – The need to bring departments together

Many fashion companies suffer from a disjointed structure. The need for process change is apparent but who will take the lead?

Entire departments or divisions have gone on to lead their own lives and the single view a business needs is no longer present.

Changing a scenario like this does not only require a holistic view of the brand or business requirements. It also calls for an approach to process change that can show a win-win scenario to those who participate in the journey to a better future.

Sometimes significant shifts in structure or responsibilities are needed to ensure that the business will show a single face. Not only to the outside world but also to itself. Other times it requires a delicate approach, which shows those involved in the process change the light This can achieve buy-in from those who can make the difference within each team.

Whichever process change approach suits your business, it is paramount that shifts or improvements are planned well and that there is discipline in how these are implemented.

Experience in both change management and the intricacies across a fashion and apparel business are key if the outcome is going to benefit the brand, the people and the company as a whole.

Process change is something that can often get easy backing from a board. It can however be very different within the teams at execution level. I would advise that careful coordination is not a luxury.

Benefit from experience, especially when it comes to departments that cross creative, operational and commercial responsibilities. Process change is serious, but if handled well it can be seriously good for business.

If you think that the separation of your departments or processes has cost the business enough in time and money this might be the right time to call us.

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