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Material Movements That Matter: Exploring Leather Alternatives

As consumers of today become more aware of the processes behind what they’re wearing, there is a growing need for industry players to consider sustainable alternatives to leather. Whether you’re on the supplier or the brand side, you’ll want to check out thought leader Andrew Thompson’s latest blog post here on Material Exchange covering the latest leather and leather alternative happenings!

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Digital Sourcing Market Report 2021

This report to provide insights into the fundamental shifts occurring for footwear brands, apparel brands & material suppliers on how they interact with materials in the digital world.

Why Digitization Is Key To Your 2022 Material Sourcing Strategy
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Material Exchange

Why Digitization Is Key To Your 2022 Material Sourcing Strategy

If you haven’t already started digitizing your materials and components, 2022 is the year to make it happen. The industry is increasingly moving toward the digital realm, and now is the time to join the movement. Find out why this transition is so important, and how you can easily digitize your own materials!

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Lauri Kokkila

How to Choose the Right Digital Format for Material Scans

As a material supplier, you know the growing importance of digitizing your inventory. Our recent industry survey shows that 49% of suppliers and 45% of buyers each spend more than €10,000 per year on physical samples. The need for digitalization as a cost-saving measure is clear. What’s more, the vast majority of brands value 3D material visuals, meaning 3D visuals are a great way to differentiate yourself as a supplier in this increasingly digital landscape.

Check out our latest blog post and learn how to determine the right digital format to convert your physical materials into digital versions!

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Streamlining the Materials Sourcing Value Chain with Technology
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Lauri Kokkila

Streamlining the Material Sourcing Value Chain with Technology

Sourcing footwear and apparel materials has historically been time-, travel-, and resource-heavy; the time has come to streamline the material sourcing value chain with technology.

Traditionally a belly-to-belly transaction, the process of sourcing and then managing materials has been analog-based and relied on multiple, separate systems. This has resulted in a slow and complex go-to-market journey; our recent survey (source: Digital Sourcing Report) shows it can take up to 40 weeks – nearly a year! – to source materials and get a product to market.

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Material Scanning
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Lauri Kokkila

Material Scanning Can Unlock New Opportunities for Suppliers

Ecommerce and the digital economy have leveled the business landscape as audiences, including buyers and end-customers, now expect efficient digitalization and comprehensive product information. As a result, these expectations have reached apparel and footwear material sourcing which has changed the game for suppliers. Suppliers face business challenges today that did not exist just a few years ago. The good news is there are also new opportunities to reach buyers that were not possible previously.

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The Roadmap to Net Zero Report
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Kelly Burton

The Apparel Sector’s Roadmap to Net Zero

Earlier this week, the Apparel Impact Institute and World Resources Institute jointly published a Roadmap to Net Zero report for the apparel sector. This report offers a tangible estimate of apparel sector emissions as well as recommendations to reduce that impact. Learn more about these findings in our latest blog post – and how Material Exchange has a solution.

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How ocean-bound plastic can be repurposed to make watchstraps
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Material Exchange

Material Exchange at the 2021 Sustainability Summit

What do watchstrap maker Thomas Schori in Switzerland, watch designer Greg Verras in Detroit, and scientist-turned-plastic-salvager Dr. Michel Pardos in Thailand have in common? Find out in a recap of our Chief Sustainability Officer Kelly Burton’s presentation at last week’s Sustainability Summit hosted by Fashiondex and LIM College. Salvaging plastic has never been this exciting.

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Designing for the Disassembly of Footwear
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Andrew Thompson

Designing for the Disassembly of Footwear

Design for disassembly footwear solutions is gaining momentum; that is, the concept of assembling and disassembling pattern pieces and components. Each product/concept is built to be remade, re-examining how to approach end-of-life creatively and incorporate this into a circular economy.

Fully recycling shoes would be very complex as there are so many pattern pieces, often involving many different materials having been stitched and glued together..

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Material Exchange Ventures Launches a Global Digital Marketplace for Material Sourcing
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Material Exchange

Material Exchange Ventures Launches a Global Digital Marketplace for Material Sourcing

Sweden, Oct 21, 2021. Material Exchange is launching its digital Marketplace as a next-gen sourcing platform for the footwear and apparel industry, which represents trillions of dollars annually. The platform replaces fragmented analogue sourcing processes with streamlined data for transparency, increased efficiency for reduced cost, and less waste for sustainability.

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Material Exchange Acquires Olah Inc. Agency to Benefit Industry Transformation
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Material Exchange

Material Exchange Acquires Olah Inc. Agency to Benefit Industry Transformation

Sweden, Oct 14, 2021. Today Material Exchange is announcing it has reached an agreement to acquire the agency division of Olah Inc., a multi-faceted New York-based firm focusing on the denim and sportswear industries, to support digital transformation in the material sourcing process. This decision expands their innovative digital platform beyond global digital sourcing into expert services.

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