In recent times, the fashion industry has been struggling not only with environmental concerns but also facing continuous disruptions in global supply chains. These challenges have become the driving force for a profound reevaluation of production strategies worldwide. Surveys from Mc Kinsey conducted among fashion executives indicate that more than 60% believe that adopting approaches such as “nearshoring” and fostering “strategic partnerships” are essential responses to the prevailing supply chain crisis.
The dynamic nature of the fashion landscape demands adaptability, prompting industry leaders to explore innovative solutions for a more resilient and responsive supply chain. Moreover, as consumers become more conscious of ethical and sustainable practices, adapting supply chains to incorporate responsible sourcing, eco-friendly production, and transparent operations is essential. The call for change is loud and clear, and the spotlight is increasingly turning towards strategies that not only enhance efficiency but also align with evolving consumer expectations.
I. Rethinking “Relocation” Our Fresh Perspective
Within the ongoing discussions about various production methodologies, such as Offshoring, Onshoring, and Nearshoring, all of which have been proposed as critical solutions to the challenges posed by current supply chain models. At SCAVI Group, we find it essential to explore the transformative concept of Relocation. This model shift extends beyond the conventional approaches to manufacturing, providing a nuanced and comprehensive solution to the details of supply chain dynamics. Relocation signifies more than a geographic adjustment of production; it encapsulates a strategic reconfiguration aimed at fostering resilience, sustainability, and a sense of community within the manufacturing process.
This approach seeks to establish a symbiotic relationship between producers and the local environment, emphasizing not only efficiency but also ethical and environmental considerations. By championing Relocation, we strive to reshape the narrative surrounding production methodologies, offering a holistic perspective that addresses the multifaceted challenges inherent in contemporary global trade dynamics.
II. Meet our SCAVI Europe and the “Made in France” spirit
Established in 1993 as a Management and Product Development Center dedicated to strengthening global outsourcing activities, Scavi Europe is a part of the SCAVI Group’s network, 10 production facilities all around the world. Embracing the ethos of relocation, SCAVI Europe stands at the forefront of relocating SCAVI’s production to France, thereby shortening the supply chain proximity to the consumption market and championing the “Made in France” spirit. This initiative aligns seamlessly with the repositioning strategy of FINANCIÈRE B’LAO and SCAVI, particularly emphasizing active environmental responsibility.
With the invaluable support of French Administration Agencies and key associations in the Centre Val de Loire region, including professional associations DEFI, GRETA, AFPI, and the Employment Center (Pôle Emploi), SCAVI Europe has successfully recruited and trained 46 members on permanent contracts. Looking ahead, SCAVI Europe aims to expand its workforce to 500 members by 2025 and 1,000 members by 2027, showcasing its commitment to growth and sustainability.
One notable milestone in this relocation initiative occurred on February 18th, 2022, when Ms. Élisabeth Borne – French Minister of Labour, Employment, and Integration (currently serving as the Prime Minister), visited the new operational site of SCAVI Europe in Saran. This visit not only underscored the commitment of SCAVI Europe to its relocation mission but also symbolized a significant endorsement of the company’s dedication to reshaping the industry.
III. For those interested in understanding our 3P (Triple Pioneer) Principles
- Pioneer 1: Responsibility of all industry partners for each other, towards final customers.
- Pioneer 2: Active social responsibility through lifetime education, including Initial Education (from kindergarten to university with apprenticeship at the core of the education system, from vocational school to university) and Continuous Education. This forward-thinking approach aims to instill values and knowledge at every stage of an individual’s life, cultivating a workforce that is not only skilled but also socially aware.
- Pioneer 3: Active environmental responsibility, recognizing the pivotal role businesses play in environmental conservation, SCAVI Group fully embraces active environmental responsibility as our third pioneering principle. This entails the adoption of sustainable practices, minimizing ecological impact, and contributing to the global effort against climate change.
In summary, as the fashion industry navigates unprecedented challenges, the shift towards innovative solutions is essential. Adapting supply chains to evolving consumer demands is essential for staying competitive, managing uncertainties, and meeting the ethical and sustainability expectations of modern consumers. The concept of “Relocation” championed by SCAVI Group, particularly through the groundbreaking initiatives of SCAVI Europe, stands as a testament to the industry’s resilience and adaptability. By reconfiguring supply chain models, SCAVI is not only addressing the evolving needs of consumers but also setting new standards for responsibility, education, and environmental stewardship. The journey towards a redefined future has begun, and SCAVI Group is leading the way.