Sourcing-related reading for your Friday afternoon, selected by the Global Sources content team.
International business consultancy McKinsey outlines a half-dozen routes to success in the online land of opportunity where fashion finds itself: “digital demand has soared, with some companies achieving years of progress in just a few months. As fashion leaders seek to consolidate those gains, they must find a formula that keeps digital customers engaged for the longer term.”
Clean up! That’s the call for the fashion industry’s accountability and it is getting louder, with policy requiring disclosure of information on supply chains being considered by many countries. Fashion companies are being asked to go beyond aspirations for change and get right down to improving their sustainability performance and tracking their supply chains. Whether they will take heed remains to be seen, but hopefully governments make sure they do – and soon.
Online product promotions are taking on a whole new meaning, at least for SNS giant Instagram, with the launching of its “drops” section – a new e-commerce trend that creates buzz for limited-stock or limited-edition items, and where consumers can shop, get product info and alerts without the need to open third-party websites.
Discover the steps to take in practicing genuine Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plus the short and long term benefits for businesses who want to thrive.
Huawei has announced plans to hold a formal event for the launch of its mobile operating system HarmonyOS on June 2. HarmonyOS is a proprietary fork of the Android OS developed by Google. As one of the largest mobile electronics brands in China, Huawei is looking to establish its own mobile ecosystem that doesn’t have to rely on the software of US-based giants Apple or Google.
Earlier this year, Ars Technica reviewer Ron Amadeo took a deep dive into the HarmonyOS SDK:
I built a sample app with Huawei’s SDK, hoping to see an “App pack.” It spit out a .hap (HarmonyOS Ability Packages) file … Android .apks are just standard .zip files with a new extension, and changing the extension to .zip will let you unzip an app and preliminarily poke around in it. What happens if you try this trick with a .hap file? It unzips! And it’s full of Android code. All the Android decompile tools work, too … HarmonyOS apps made in the SDK target Android API 29, aka Android 10.
That’s all for this edition of the Friday links – have a great weekend.