Speed versus fashion – is the buying agent on the way out?
There has been no shortage of commentary on the merits of direct sourcing in recent years, either from the analysts circling the retail sector or the decision makers steering the ship at some of the industry’s biggest brands.
Millions have been invested in cutting out the middleman, particularly in apparel, with Kmart leading the local charge as international players such as H&M and Uniqlo make the merits of the model clear for all to see.
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