Sustainable solutions are becoming increasingly urgent in every industry, not only to reduce waste but also to become more scalable. For instance, USD $230 billion in apparel and footwear is unsold, with no place to go. That means there’s endless amounts of warehouses storing products that are just shelved, waiting to be pushed into the market at a high expense, and with discounted prices.
Another major issue that brands face are returns. In fact, 35% of apparel and footwear is returned each year; that’s three times more than in general e-commerce; that’s billions of dollars worth of unwanted products.
Using a 3D configurator and AR technology to front end an on-demand manufacturing process plays a major role towards sustainability. Orders come through, are paid in full, and are produced specifically for that consumer. With a direct to consumer process, the item is never shelved, and rarely returned.
For example, a 3D product configurator helped an apparel brand realize a 55% reduction of sampling cost specifically for prototypes, a 50% reduction of seasonal sales samples, a 40% reduction of global sales sample airfreight, and a 6-12 months faster time to market with digitized catalogs and buying tools both online and in-store.
Industry wide, companies that have implemented 3D and AR technology have realized a 35% reduction in rate of product returns. Visit our success stories to learn more.