LIM Faculty Member Brings Expertise in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Development
November 30, 2016
According to Regine Lahens, a global logistics and supply chain professional who teaches the course The Relationship between Fashion and the Supply Chain in LIM’s master’s degree program in Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, the current trend in fashion is “buy now, wear now.”
“Shoppers are no longer making purchases for future use,” says Professor Lahens. “Most people are buying pieces they can wear immediately. As a result, brands are not only working to reduce their lead times, the length of time that product is on the floor is also shortened, hence ‘fast fashion’.”
Professor Lahens has worked for Marc Jacobs as a Logistics Manager, overseeing global shipping of apparel and accessories and rate negotiation, as well as establishing distribution in China and import compliance.
Then, as Director of Logistics at Marc Jacobs, Professor Lahens was the implementation lead for a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for logistics and distribution. Currently, she serves as the Director of Logistics at Eddie Borgo jewelry and handbags, which sells at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Throughout her career, Professor Lahens has traveled regularly, most often to Italy and Hong Kong.
“The most important takeaway from these trips is that facetime and being on the ground were critical to really understanding the supply chain and providing solutions,” she explains. “Seeing the process flow with your own eyes resets your perception entirely.”
Professor Lahens also notes that the field of supply chain is ever-changing, especially as technology continues to evolve.
“Information technology (IT) and logistics have always been closely linked and now IT pervades the entire supply chain, from product life cycle management to e-commerce. So, IT is more than managing computer systems. It's applying efficiency to different points within the supply chain.”
Regarding the outlook for career paths in the field of supply chain management, Professor Lahens observed that during a panel discussion she recently attended at the Fashion Digital Tradeshow the importance of data was mentioned again and again.
“Analytics has always been a crucial part of supply chain, but building the conduits for procuring data and then synthesizing the information is an area where a career can be developed.”