Factory Asia vs. Western Hemisphere Textile and Apparel Supply Chain during Covid-19: Discussion Questions from Students in FASH455

#1: Based on the readings and our lectures, why or why not do you think the United States can play a role in the Asia-based textile and apparel supply chain? Assume the United States rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to which extent can it help promote more U.S. textile exports to Asia?

#2: Why does the so-called “Flying-geese” model (i.e., a gradual industrial upgrading moving from making labor-intensive products to making more capital intensive goods) occur in Asia, but not so much in the Western-Hemisphere over the past decades?

#3: What does COVID-19 tell us about the nature of the textile and apparel supply chain today? How do you think the supply chain will continue to evolve in the post-Covid recovery? What are the key trends to watch?

#4: Overall, does Covid-19 strengthen or weaken Asian suppliers’ competitiveness in apparel production and exports? What is your evaluation based on the readings?

#5: Will China be able to regain its market shares in the U.S. apparel import market should the U.S.-China trade war end in 2021?  How to understand China’s “shifting” role in the Asia-based textile and apparel supply chain?

#6: Trade data suggests that U.S. fashion companies start to increase apparel sourcing again thanks to consumers’ robust demand. Assume you are the sourcing manager of a leading U.S. fashion brand, and you need to identify the suppliers for the new sourcing orders. Will you select suppliers on a merit basis, or will you give preferences to those factories where you previously canceled orders due to Covid? Please provide the reason for your choice.

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