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How a Pandemic Created a Digital Revolution with Suuchi Ramesh | Suuchi Podcast #090

How a Pandemic Created a Digital Revolution with Suuchi Ramesh | Suuchi Podcast #090

June 12, 2020

On this week's epsiode, Irina chats with Suuchi Ramesh, CEO & Founder of Suuchi Inc., on how the company has expanded and evolved since we first started four years ago. Suuchi also discusses what supply chain leaders need to do now that we are out of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure success moving forward.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

It is not Failure, but Rather Revelation: Use it to Become Stronger and more Unbreakable than ever Before -Kristen Anderson | Suuchi Podcast #089

It is not Failure, but Rather Revelation: Use it to Become Stronger and more Unbreakable than ever Before -Kristen Anderson | Suuchi Podcast #089

June 4, 2020

On today’s episode, Irina sits down with Kristen Anderson, a design consultant working with new brands, especially in the swim and intimates segment of the market. Her experience working at brands and also launching a brand herself really gives her a unique perspective when working with business owners. Her path was shaped by realizing what skillsets she excelled at and then honing in on those skills as she progressed in her career. Her specialty in design really lends itself to helping brand owners who may not have the design background to help them through that part of their development.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

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Innovative Supply Chain & Materials Development Consultant for Brands of All Sizes - Pearl Malikul | Suuchi Podcast #088

Innovative Supply Chain & Materials Development Consultant for Brands of All Sizes - Pearl Malikul | Suuchi Podcast #088

May 28, 2020

On today’s episode, Irina sits down with Pearl Malikul, founder and consultant at Knit & Weave, a consulting company that provides solutions for product innovations, supply chain management, and material developments. Pearl works with both large and small organizations with challenging projects to create strategic processes and design new innovations.

Pearl has always been interested in fashion and apparel design and textile innovation. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Textile Development and Marketing and her career developed with roles at Hanes, Calvin Klein, PVH, and Victoria’s Secret. Throughout her career, she played a critical role in the development and sourcing of the raw material as well as innovative materials strategy. As part of her roles, she has also been instrumental in creating efficiencies within the supply chain as well as finding sustainable supply chain participants.

Issues she identifies within the current fashion supply chain include a lack of transparency. She advises brands on the importance of knowing who you’re working with and who your suppliers are. She also believes in having domestic supply chain partners. You need to have a diversified network to ensure success. Lastly, sustainability has become increasingly more important to so many brands and is another critical piece that needs to explored within your current supply chain.

Peal works with many brands of different sizes and especially focuses on the materials sourcing and development aspect of garments. She could be a great resource for a brand looking to be more sustainable but wants an expert to help navigate what that means, or for a larger brand looking for expertise in materials design and innovation for new products.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

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A Digital Supply Chain Solution for Dozens of Industries - Andrew McKenna & Tommy Bardinas | Suuchi Podcast #087

A Digital Supply Chain Solution for Dozens of Industries - Andrew McKenna & Tommy Bardinas | Suuchi Podcast #087

May 15, 2020

In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Tommy Bardinas, VP of Technology, and Andrew McKenna, VP of Product, at Suuchi Inc. They discuss the Suuchi GRID, which is their proprietary supply chain technology, and how the software has helped them expand to not only PPE but more broadly into other industries. The configurable nature of the software, allows the user of really any industry to track and manage their supply chain while providing real-time end to end transparency. Collecting data points across aspects of the workflow that were previously difficult to capture, allows for the user to make more informed business decisions. Learning more about the team and the thought process around the evolution of this software really speaks to the forward-looking mindsets of the engineers of this product.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

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Transforming Textile Innovation - Courtney Cruzan | Suuchi Podcast #086

Transforming Textile Innovation - Courtney Cruzan | Suuchi Podcast #086

April 30, 2020
On today's episode, Irina talks with Courtney Cruzan, the VP of Sourcing and Product Development at brrr, an innovative textile company in the performance space.  
From a young age, Courtney was always exposed to textiles, since her mother was in the business. As she got older, she got her Bachelor of Science in textile design followed by an MBA in textile trade policy. In 2010, Courtney moved to Asia and spent 7 years working in textile manufacturing. 
When she came back to the US, Courtney wanted to maintain her contacts in Asia, specifically in Taiwan which is a leader in textile innovation in the performance space, and started working at brrr. 
 
Courtney has found that these are unprecedented times in the fashion industry. There is a shift from fast fashion economies to more sustainable and made to order production. Adding more performance attributes to textiles is what the market needs and is asking for now.  
 
The impetus for founding brr in 2014 was based on the need for a technology that would be inherent in the yarn to provide proven cooling, wicking and quick drying performance. 
In today's market, what we typically find is that the majority of all cooling properties are a form of wicking and the finishing is a topical chemical that provides the wicking properties. What brrr wanted to look at was to move away from the additives of chemicals and still create permanent performance textile.  
They extrude natural minerals into the filament yarn and have proven what they call their "triple chill effect." This triple chill effect is that the fabric is cool to the touch, has active wicking properties and is rapid drying to deliver a fresh and crisp experience. Lastly, the majority of their yarns naturally repel UV rays and one of the minerals they use also has antimicrobial properties. Because the triple chill effect is inherent in the yarn, it can be washed without any change to the features of the textile. This can be used in performance clothing as well as home goods.  
 
For more information, feel free to check out their website or reach out to their licensing department if you're interested in using this for your own projects! 
 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

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Weaknesses Have Been Exposed - Emanuel Mercapidez | Suuchi Podcast #085

Weaknesses Have Been Exposed - Emanuel Mercapidez | Suuchi Podcast #085

April 25, 2020

In this episode, our co-host, Emanuel, gives a brief talk about the new landscape we find ourselves in due to COVID-19. How we've grown our community to support new industries and organizations during this crisis and for long-term success and protection.

He also goes into the issues that most organizations are facing right now and areas that brands can focus on to explore innovation during these trying times. We're all going into this new horizon together and we must prepare ourselves in order to protect our team members, customers, and supply chain participants.

We hope you enjoy this talk and for those of you wanting to learn more about the GRID and PPE, see the links below:

Stay safe out there and thanks again for tuning in!

This is Sustainable Fashion’s Moment - Shannon Lohr | Suuchi Podcast #084

This is Sustainable Fashion’s Moment - Shannon Lohr | Suuchi Podcast #084

April 23, 2020
In today's episode, Irina sits with Shannon Lohr, founder of Factory45, an online accelerator program that takes sustainable fashion companies from idea to launch.  
Factory45 is a 6 month, online, accelerator program that runs once a year from June-November, and is targeted towards people who have an idea to launch a clothing or accessories brand and want to do so in a sustainable and ethical way. 
The program starts with how to source fabric and covers topics like building an audience, setting up manufacturing, creating an e-commerce presence. The program ends with strategies to raise money to help fund the first production run so you're not risking your own savings. 
 
Although this is online, there is a structure to the program and new content is released each week so that it's not overwhelming upfront. Shannon hosts daily office hours for one on one and more personalized support. There is a community forum to help you connect with your peers going through the program. This year they are launching an alumni mentor program so you're matched up with someone who has graduated from the program and is already running their own sustainable fashion brand. 
 
Shannon had launched her own sustainable fashion brand in 2010 with a partner. Neither had fashion backgrounds but they knew they wanted to start a business. They launched 1 garment for women that can be worn 30 different ways for minimalists and travelers. It took them a year and a half to launch and when they did, they were the highest-funded fashion project in Kickstarter history at the time. It was a great learning experience on how to go from idea to a fully created product. They ran the business for a little over 2 years and decided they wanted to try other things. Shannon believed it should be easier for new designers to manufacture in the USA. Through this experience, Factory45 was born. 
 
Shannon advises that one of the biggest challenges with brands starting out is making sure that they build their audience early on. Startups can get bogged down in product development, website and branding. But if you don't have an audience to launch to, none of that matters. So when you are ready to launch and presell your product, you'll have immediate potential buyers. 
 
Shannon's advice to new brands is making sure you're offering something that people want. Make sure you are talking to your customers very early on to really understand their needs. Do not rush your product development either. You need to make sure that you've put your samples through the rigorous process of making sure they're ready for the public and you've working out a production plan and schedule to ensure that nothing breaks down when you're live and selling. Be prepared for rounds of edits. The first sample is never perfect. Take the time to develop a relationship with your factory, production partner, or pattern maker so that you're educated along the whole process. It is not your production partner's job to educate you, so you need to know what questions to ask and the things to expect in order to make you an ideal client. 
 
Factory45 is opening up applications and enrollment for their 6th year on May 6th. Make sure to check it out at www.factory45.co
 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

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From $100M to Bankrupt to Making It Back - David Meltzer | Suuchi Podcast #083

From $100M to Bankrupt to Making It Back - David Meltzer | Suuchi Podcast #083

April 17, 2020

In this episode, Emanuel talks 1-on-1 with David Meltzer, the Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing to learn how he went from being worth over $100M by the age of 35 to losing it all, filing bankruptcy, and making it all back again through a combination of massive amounts of efficient action, focus, and a transformative spiritual journey that helped him better understand his priorities. His story is truly an extraordinary one, but he comes from humble beginnings that many of us can relate to. Make sure to pay attention to how he prioritizes his efforts, what he's focused on, and how he's been able to regain tremendous success by changing his mindset and focusing on a few principles to live his life.

David is also a best-selling author (books below), a renowned keynote speaker, and a business coach that's determined to help 1 billion people throughout his lifetime. He wasn't always like this so tune in to learn what sparked his change and how he's impacting others.

We also talk about how this pandemic is an opportunity, almost like a do-over, to really look at everything at hand and accelerate and grow at a much more rapid and positive pace. We discuss how to analyze yourself, find your strengths and weaknesses, and really be able to go all-in on your passions while making a positive impact to the outside world. If you're in a tight spot right now, check out this episode because maybe something that David says during this interview will spark that next move that you need to make in order to evolve your business. 

To learn more about David, you can find him at the following:

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Clothing Doesn’t Discriminate - Whitney Cathcart | Suuchi Podcast #082

Clothing Doesn’t Discriminate - Whitney Cathcart | Suuchi Podcast #082

April 16, 2020

On today’s episode, Irina sits down with Whitney Cathcart, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at 3DLOOK. 3DLOOK is a software company that uses body data to deliver hyper-personalized shopping experiences to consumers to help them find clothing that fits when online shopping. 
Before 3DLOOK, Whitney spent almost 30 years in the business side of fashion in various roles and companies. 3DLOOK was a life long dream so when the opportunity arose 4 years ago to be part of this startup she jumped on it. Whitney was excited to take an industry she was passionate about and bring it into the future.
She had been witnessing a change in commerce and social commerce; people were using their phones to shop and everything was just moving towards mobile and online. Whitney wanted to be part of a future that took an analog industry into the digital world she was seeing around her.
At 3DLOOK, there are two guiding principles: accuracy optimization and consumer experience. Although they’re a B2B business model, they’re always thinking of the consumer. Individuals just need to take a front and side photo and answer a couple of questions and then they can determine which is the best size. On the back end, the software takes the photos and simple answers and is able to derive 65 different measurements on the body to ensure the correct fit.
Embracing technology today is more important than ever for brands and retailers. Consumers are buying too many different sizes and brands need to deal with the returns which will now be higher than ever as online shopping is higher than ever before. An increase in return rates are detrimental to inventory and the environment. Using technology to create a better user experience can help the business succeed over the long term.

To learn more about 3DLOOK, check out their website at:
Www.3dlook.me

Looking to launch a brand or digitize your supply chain?

  • Email us at hello@suuchi.com and our team of experts with guide you through our process.
  • Explore Suuchi Inc. to learn more about our solutions, technology, and capabilities.
The Only Way Out Is Through - Sterling Hawkins | Suuchi Podcast #081

The Only Way Out Is Through - Sterling Hawkins | Suuchi Podcast #081

April 11, 2020

On today's interview, Emanuel interviews Sterling Hawkins, the Co-Founder, and Co-CEO of CART, the Center for Advancing Retail and Technology. Sterling is also a keynote speaker that travels the world speaking about innovation and how businesses can implement technology to increase efficiency and take their businesses to the next level.

Being a 5th-generation retailer, Sterling started his work experience at the early age of 15, launched his first tech company right out of college, and managed to sell the startup and made his way to Silicon Valley.

Throughout Sterling's journey, he went from being worth millions to losing it all and coming to a major low-point in his life where he didn't know what his next move was going to be. This is when he remembered a saying that his mom told him when he was young:

"The only way out is through"

Tune in to learn how Sterling turned his life around and built a successful career as a keynote speaker and entrepreneur that's adding massive value to businesses in retail. To learn more about Sterling and his company, please visit:

Looking to launch a brand or digitize your supply chain?

  • Email us at hello@suuchi.com and our team of experts with guide you through our process.
  • Explore Suuchi Inc. to learn more about our solutions, technology, and capabilities.