|Zara's Sydney store|
Launched in 1975, Zara has almost 2,000 stores in 75 different countries. Zara's designers produce 30,000 designs a year, inspired by the world's top designers. Garments hit shop floors in 3 weeks of design, significantly quicker than the industry average of 6 weeks. Zara's global distribution center in Spain moves 2.5 million items per week and nothing stays warehoused for longer than 72 hours.
Clothes are ironed in advance, with prices and security tags afixed before they are sent out to stores. This means garments can go straight out on to the shop floor as soon as they arrive in store, maxmising selling time.
With four stores joined together and reconstructed to created a multi-level fast-fashion paradise, Zara's Melbourne store is one of the few "eco stores" the company is creating around the world. In a time where climate change is becoming more important Zara is focusing on creating a range of stores which will aim to lower emissions by using renewable energy sources, enforcing recycling processes and sustainable instore practices. Despite having new stock dropping in their store twice a week, Zara claims that the majority of emissions come from their bricks and mortar store, so that is where they are chanelling their energy into changing.
Surprisingly, the Sydney and Melbourne stores are Zara's first expedition into the Australian market. One of the reasons Zara is so successful at what they do is that they carefully research each market before they decide to release stores. This enables them to customise their stock to suit different markets. They also produce small batches of each item. If an item is very successful, the Zara design team will alter the product slightly before it is re-released.
While consumers might love Zara's for allowing them to gain access to high fashion through affordable "knock-offs", not everyone is happier. Designers have complained that they have spent time and money researching trends and creating pieces that Zara have then taken for nothing.
With Zara moving into some of Australia's prime fashion real estate, it will be interesting to see the impact Zara will have on the Australian fashion industry.
Zara's smart business operations has seen it become one of the most formidable fashion forces in the world today, and it shows no sign of slowing down.
To learn more about Zara read my past posts Zara's Here - Almost and Game Changer? - Zara's Coming.
What are your thoughts on Zara? Love it or hate it?
Check out some of Zara's Autumn Winter collection which will be available from the Melbourne store today:
Information sourced from http://thevine.com.au
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