03 Case Study: Textile Industry
The value chain of apparel and textile is complex and involves many actors. The industry tends to be dominated by a relatively small number of multinational retail companies that have significant influence along the entire value chain. The value chain includes raw material supply like growing natural fibers or manufacturing synthetic ones, textile manufacturing of the yarns, clothing manufacturing, export and distribution and lastly marketing and retail.
Being a labor-intensive sector, many steps of the value chain take place in developing and emerging markets. While consumers only interact with the final brand, which market the clothing, second and subsequent tier suppliers are little known.