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Matchmaker Between Manufacturers, Clothing Retailers Looks for Next Apparel Hub

Li & Fung - the most important company that most American shoppers have never heard of - has long been on the cutting edge of globalization, chasing cheap labor to garment factories first in China, then elsewhere in Asia, including Bangladesh. Now, with sweatshop disasters there drawing international scrutiny, the business is looking for the next best place - perhaps South America or sub-Saharan Africa - where it can steer apparel buyers seeking workers to stitch clothing together for a few dollars a day.

Matchmaker Between Manufacturers, Clothing Retailers Looks for Next Apparel Hub

As the world's largest sourcing and logistics company, Li & Fung plays matchmaker between poor countries' factories and affluent countries' vendors, finding the lowest-cost workers, haggling over prices and handling the logistics for roughly a third of the retailers found in the typical American shopping mall, including Sears, Macy's, JCPenney and Kohl's.

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Keywords: retail supply chain, supply chain risk management, value chain, supply chain services, logistics services, logistics & supply chain, logistics management, international trade, garment sweatshops, apparel logistics

As the world's largest sourcing and logistics company, Li & Fung plays matchmaker between poor countries' factories and affluent countries' vendors, finding the lowest-cost workers, haggling over prices and handling the logistics for roughly a third of the retailers found in the typical American shopping mall, including Sears, Macy's, JCPenney and Kohl's.

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Keywords: retail supply chain, supply chain risk management, value chain, supply chain services, logistics services, logistics & supply chain, logistics management, international trade, garment sweatshops, apparel logistics

Matchmaker Between Manufacturers, Clothing Retailers Looks for Next Apparel Hub