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Fast Fashion Systems

Theories and Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Tsan-Ming Choi

CRC Press

158 pages

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Fast fashion is an industrial trend that refers to the concept of shortening lead time (production, distribution) and offering new products to the market as fast as possible. Despite an abundance of research results, there is no comprehensive reference source that covers the state-of-the-art findings on both theoretical modeling and empirical research on fast fashion systems. This edited volume consists of three sections - review and exploratory studies, analytical models, and empirical research – made up of many interesting contributions in the respective domain. The result is a well-balanced handbook which includes both theoretical results (from various perspectives) and empirical findings.

This volume will be of interest not only to those involved in the fashion industry, but also to academics and practitioners in the wider fields of business, manufacturing engineering, systems engineering and supply chain management.

Table of Contents


Introduction, review and exploratory discussions

1 Fast fashion systems – An introduction

Tsan-Ming Choi

2 The slow fashion process: Rethinking strategy for fast fashion retailers

Arlesa Shephard & Sanjukta Pookulangara

2.1 Fast fashion changes the supply chain

2.2 Concerns about the sustainability of fast fashion

2.3 The evolution of slow fashion

2.4 The slow fashion process

2.5 Slow fashion concepts for fast fashion retailers

2.5.1 H&M sustainability initiatives

2.5.2 Challenges of merging slow and fast fashion

2.6 Recommendations for future study

3 Examining global retailing’s innovators: An overview of fast fashion supply chain research

Lorynn R. Divita & Jeong-Ju Yoo

3.1 Introduction and background

3.2 Impact on the industry and consumers

3.3 Fast fashion supply chain literature

3.3.1 Qualitative analysis and case studies

3.3.2 Supply chain strategies and analytical models

3.4 Conclusion

4 Fast fashion retailing: RFID deployment for enhancing customer value proposition

Pankaj M. Madhani

4.1 Introduction

4.2 RFID technology: Key concepts

4.3 Literature review

4.4 Fast fashion: A retail marketing perspective

4.5 Fast fashion retailing: RFID deployment

4.6 Research methodology

4.6.1 A-1) Development of a business value added framework

4.6.2 A-2) Development of a financial matrix for measuring ROI and EVA

4.6.3 B) Development of various propositions

4.7 Discussions and implications

4.7.1 RFID deployment at American Apparel: A rewarding experience

4.8 Limitations

4.9 Conclusions


Analytical modelling research on fast fashion systems

5 Flexible procurement models for fast fashion retailers

Dogan A. Serel

5.1 Introduction

5.2 The basic model

5.2.1 Methods to compute the expected profit EP1(Q1)

5.3 Extensions of the basic model

5.3.1 Random purchase cost at time 2

5.3.2 Order cancellation option

5.3.3 Budget constraint

5.3.4 Multiple products

5.3.5 Price-dependent demand

5.3.6 Postponement of orders for components of a product

5.3.7 Ordering policy in the presence of carbon footprint tax

5.4 Conclusion

6 Coordination of a fast fashion supply chain with profit-loss sharing contract

Ke Wang, Qinglong Gou, Ling Yang & Siqing Shan

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Literature review

6.3 Assumptions and notation

6.4 The model

6.4.1 Baseline case: Coordination via RSC without FB

6.4.2 The coordination with FB

6.5 Comparing the PLSC with the RSC

6.6 Numerical analysis

6.7 Conclusions


Empirical research on fast fashion systems

7 Investigating on-shelf availability in the UK retail clothing sector

John Fernie & David B. Grant

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Research into on-shelf availability and out-of-stocks

7.3 Strategies for improving availability and reducing out-of-stocks

7.4 Availability and out-of-stocks in clothing and fashion retailing

7.5 Methodology

7.6 Findings

7.6.1 The ‘back to school campaign’ research study

7.6.2 The jeans research study

7.6.3 Interviews as the final phase of the two studies

7.7 Discussion and conclusions

8 A cross regional analysis on fashion quick response programs

Tsan-Ming Choi, Pui-Sze Chow, Shuk-Ching Liu & Yeuk-Ting To

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Literature review and research contribution

8.2.1 Origin of QR

8.2.2 Benefits of QR adoption

8.2.3 Implementation of QR

8.2.4 Channel relationship in QR

8.2.5 Research contribution

8.3 Methodology

8.4 Findings and discussions

8.4.1 Within-region analysis

8.4.2 Cross regional analysis

8.4.3 Verifications of theories

8.5 Conclusion, recommendations and future research

9 Service quality strategy for fast fashion: An empirical study in Hong Kong

Tsan-Ming Choi, Shuk-Ching Liu, Tracy Kwai-Chi Tsang & Jinhui Zheng

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Literature review

9.2.1 Fast fashion retailers

9.2.2 Customer service quality

9.2.3 Customer expectation

9.2.4 Customer perceptions and customer satisfaction

9.2.5 Measure of service quality: SERVQUAL

9.3 Method

9.3.1 Interview

9.3.2 Focus group discussion

9.3.3 Survey

9.4 Findings

9.4.1 Findings of interview

9.4.2 Findings of focus group discussion

9.4.3 Findings of survey

9.5 Conclusion and research limitations

Subject index

About the Editor

Dr. Tsan-Ming Choi (Jason) is currently an Associate Professor in Fashion Business at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Over the past few years, he has actively participated in a variety of research projects on supply chain management and applied optimization. He has authored/edited ten books and guest-edited twelve special issues for various leading journals on related topics. He has published over 100 papers in peer-refereed academic journals such as Annals of Operations Research, Automatica, Computers and Operations Research, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (Parts A, B, C; Systems), International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Omega, Production and Operations Management, Service Science (INFORMS Journal), Supply Chain Management, Textile Research Journal, Tourism Management, Transportation Research, etc. He is currently an area editor/associate editor/guest editor of Annals of Operations Research, Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, European Management Journal, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Systems, Information Sciences, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Production and Operations Management, and various other operations management and information systems journals. He is also an executive committee member of professional organizations such as IEEE-SMC (HK) and POMS (HK). He received the President's Award for Excellent Achievement of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in November, 2008 (the most prestigious award for a faculty member at the university level). He is a member of various internationally renowned professional organizations such as IEEE, INFORMS, ITAA, and POMS.

About the Series

Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and Engineering

Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and Engineering is a cross-disciplinary book series devoted to theoretical and applied research contributions to cybernetics, systems science and engineering. The series aims to publish the highest quality monographs and edited volumes on the most recent advances and innovative applications in the relevant areas of investigation, catering to a rapidly growing worldwide interest in a cybernetic and systemic methodology with an ever-increasing capacity to deal with new challenges in a way that traditional science cannot. The CCSSE series aims to become a comprehensive theoretical, practical, international, multi- and interdisciplinary database of, reference work on and guide to issues in these fields of research and the strategies required for better implementation in the context of environmental protection and sustainable social and economic development. Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and Engineering aims at all working in the theoretical and applied fields of cybernetics, systems science and engineering, e.g. academics, researchers and consultants in cybernetics and systems, computer and information scientists, development and systems engineers, mathematicians, librarians, management cyberneticists and systemists, medical scientists, educators, and intelligent and manufacturing engineers in industry. It will also be of interest to leading decision- and policy-makers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers