By Julia K. Hughes and others

While the concept seemed innovative in the early 1990s, yarn forward is horribly ill-equipped to service today‚Äôs fashion industry. Apparel manufacturers, brands, and retailers rarely rely upon the kind of narrow, geographically-linked supply chains that are needed for yarn forward to function. Surveys of our member companies, including one from June, consistently reveal that sourcing managers avoid yarn forward-based agreements because of their cost and complexity. 

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