This IDC Retail Insights report outlines several different ways preproduction has changed in recent months and years and why it's beneficial to retailers. There are examples from some of the innovative vendors that are empowering retailers to design and source the way they want and explanations of benefits demonstrated and expected by these methods. Each of these methods independently serves retailers and wholesalers in different ways, and it's really at the discretion of each individual retailer or wholesaler which methods are most fitting for its company, processes, and needs. According to Victoria Brown, senior research analyst, IDC Retail Insights, "Even more than ever, we're identifying a convergence of retail, wholesale, and manufacturing. Removing the fragmentation of industries and communication also leads to different parties expecting to have a similar experience across steps in their design and supply chain. It was once said that 'our best experience anywhere sets our minimum expectation everywhere.' Software providers have caught onto this notion and are giving retailers and wholesalers what they're looking for to get their jobs done in the manner in which they want to work. For the first time in the history of IDC Manufacturing Insights' 2016 Supply Chain Survey, retailers identified that their top priority moving forward is product quality. How will retailers move forward and maintain a high level of quality standards without the proper tools to stay competitive?"
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