New Trends For Apparel Retailers

Global, apparel market place is now going through a paradigm shift moving towards increased product differentiation, and customers becoming more diverse, and demanding. What are the changing attitudes of apparel shoppers? What are the emerging retail trends?

Global market for apparels has gone through a rapid transformation in the recent past. Along with the market, so has the end user's awareness, and demand of the various offerings. This makes competition in the apparel sector tougher. As, the fads keep changing rapidly, there is no appropriate road map for guaranteed success in the apparel market. Forecasting the retail apparel market trends is 'a hard nut to crack' due to the drastic changes in fashion, and simultaneously the customer preferences. However, based on the retail, manufacturing, and fashion merchandising business, a few facts can be predicted to be the forthcoming trends in the retail apparel market. A few clear trends do emerge based on demographic shift, societal influences, economic influence, and environmental concerns.

Retailers seek entry into global markets:

Apart from their own domestic market, retailers will look for business opportunities in global markets. With the apparel markets in US, and EU getting saturated, a paradigm shift will be seen in markets of Asia, and South America.

Fast fashion and customization gain control over supply chain:

More and more consumers will prefer to buy apparels that will match with their status, and lifestyle, and also go with their needs and aspirations. More efforts will be made to tailor merchandise assortments to local markets.

Increased focus towards Sustainability:

Material trends will be going green and bright. Apparel industry is turning greener these days with sustainable trends evolving to be a major influence on the industry at a global level.

Retail focus on customer touchpoints:

Generally, retailers run a business unit for their online operations, and a separate unit for their stores. Product offerings were also different. With drastic changes in the global apparel market, a change from channel centric to customer centric approach will be adopted.

Novel Technologies will dominate customer shopping attitude: