Open data offers operational efficiencies

World Textile Information Network (WTiN), January 2021

"Since launching at the end of March 2019, the OAR has grown to include data from major global brands, multi-stakeholder initiatives, civil society organizations and factory groups. The tool is used by stakeholders across the apparel sector to eliminate confusion and facilitate collaboration, enabling interoperability across systems and tackling the long-standing industry problem of facility identification."

It’s the time of year where industry professionals are working hard to hit the ground running, setting goals, establishing and actioning strategies for the year ahead. Across all industries, if the past 12 months of global uncertainty have taught us anything, this exacerbates the need to be flexible and adapt quickly in the face of constantly changing external environments – consequently, good data to inform decision-making is key. For the apparel sector in particular, data is vital, and in recent years, the industry has begun to wake up to this.