While under Shepherdson, Topshop had been nimble in its reaction to catwalk styles; the company lost this ability after her departure. Fashion companies need to react quickly to emerging trends. Bringing suppliers of products closer to home ensures that companies can capitalize on what’s hot in a speedy manner. The closer the supplier, the shorter the lead time, making a retailer more flexible in its stock turnover. However, Green’s lack of strategic supplier relationships and his proclivity for buying from Asia meant that it took a long time to get a product from concept to shop floor. … [Read more...] about Where Topshop went wrong
A lot of smartphones are glimpsed throughout the devastating documentary 76 Days—available on VOD on Friday, December 4—but they’re not handled in the normal way. Instead, the phones in this film represent the agency that people lose when they are in the throes of COVID-19. Nurses hold them over a weak patient’s head so they can hear a relative speak, or offer them to the next of kin when a patient passes away, a connection forever broken. … [Read more...] about As pandemic winter approaches, the COVID-19 doc ’76 Days’ is a wake-up call
Like many people during the pandemic, I have been trying to order less from Amazon, instead getting my books from independent bookstores and ordering supplies from smaller sites. The main downside? Filling out my address, phone number, and credit card details every time I buy from a new site. … [Read more...] about This Stripe-backed startup wants to bring one-click checkout to the rest of the web
The researchers hope the maps will help cities create climate action plans by understanding what drives emissions in different places. The most important factors, they find, are household income, vehicle ownership and home size–all which are greater in suburbs. … [Read more...] about A Map Of The Carbon Footprint Of All 31,000 ZIP Codes In The U.S.
Other Fast Company writers and editors had different ideas, which they shared via a highly unscientific Slack poll this morning. One staff member is making extra-spicy mapo tofu, “for no other reason than I have a craving.” A photo editor will cook enchiladas with “indulgent sides,” to follow a snack of Tostitos Hint of Lime; another colleague will rely on heaps of leftover Halloween candy. But there was one clear winner from our very official poll: pizza, overwhelmingly declared to be “the proper election food.” Most who are opting for pizza will get delivery—as will the only editor who announced she’s having salad, from Sweetgreen, but with “Milkbar cookies as a chaser.” … [Read more...] about What is America likely to eat on election night?