Global brands should act in unity with their strategic partners, garment manufacturers, to get through tough times
In the face of COVID-19, emerging threats to the global economy raise concerns for the ready-made garment industry in Turkey. This industry has sustained the retail operations of global brands for the past century by offering garments with the highest quality, paired with innovative collections and the fastest delivery.
When governments declared lockdown for societies due to health and safety reasons, global brands’ reaction was to close down retail stores all around the world due to the sudden decline in sales. As a result of losses in sales, volume and revenue, brands then turned to their suppliers with a number of defensive measures which have severely harmed the garment manufacturing industry employing over 1.5 million people in Turkey.
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