May 17, 2020

Inside adidas' supply chain

Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at Adidas' supply chain.
Following adidas announcing its intention to move its Speedfactory technology to Asia, Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at the footwear company...

Following adidas announcing its intention to move its Speedfactory technology to Asia, Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at the footwear company’s supply chain.

Adidas has outsourced the majority of its production. Working with around 700 independent worldwide that manufacture products in over 50 countries, the company’s supply chain is global, diverse and works with a range of business partners. In 2018, the top five countries per region by number of supplier sites were:

Asia: China, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia and India

America: United States, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and El Salvador

EMEA: Germany, Turkey, Italy, United Kingdom and Spain

The company has five broad categories of suppliers. These are:

Main suppliers: They have a direct contractual relationship with adidas for the supply of products, for either export or domestic market consumption.

Subcontractors: These are factories that have been subcontracted by adidas’ suppliers to perform manufacturing operations the main suppliers are unable to do in their own facility.

Material and other service providers: These suppliers don’t have a direct business relationship with adidas but supply goods and services to the main suppliers.

Licensees: Independent companies which manage the design, production and distribution of specific products.

Agents: Independent companies that act as intermediaries to source product manufacturing, manage the manufacturing processes and sell finished products to the company.

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It is expected that adidas’ switch to Asia will allow for better utilisation of existing production capacity and greater flexibility in product design. As part of the move, adidas will close its two Speedfactories in Ansbach, Germany and Atlanta, USA.

“The Speedfactories have been instrumental in furthering our manufacturing innovation and capabilities,” commented Martin Shankland, member of the executive board of adidas. “Through shortened development and production lead times, we’ve provided select customers with hyper-relevant product for moments that matter. This was our goal from the start. We are now able to couple these learnings with other advancements made with our suppliers, leveraging the totality of these technologies to be more flexible and economic while simultaneously expanding the range of products available.”

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Jul 30, 2021

The Ultimate Procurement & Supply Chain Event

Procurement
Supplychain
live
event
3 min
Take a look at our agenda for Procurement & Supply Chain Live, where innovation meets implementation, coming to you live from London

From September 28th-30th, network with C-level executives, gain insight from industry pioneers and walk away with actionable insights that accelerate your career. By the end of the week, we promise you’ll have the skills to solve the world’s most pressing supply chain and procurement challenges. 

The three-day show is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats. Whether you attend virtually or in person, you’ll strategise how to cope with global disruption, learn from industry leaders, and walk away with tips, tactics, and tangible connections. 

 

How to Attend

 

In a COVID-disrupted era, we know that the majority of people would rather avoid travelling for events─why take the risk, right? In response to the continued disruption, BizClik Media Group has decided that Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE will offer the best of both worlds through hybrid accessibility. 

That means you and your peers can attend the event in person or virtually ─ with no disadvantages for people who choose not to make the trip to the Tobacco Dock venue. 

 

In-Person

 

Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE will be held at the Tobacco Dock in London, an industry-leading venue that is renowned for delivering world-class events. For attendees’ peace of mind, the venue is working to the government-endorsed AEV All Secure Framework, alongside mia’s AIM Secure and ‘Good to Go’ accreditation, they will ensure that we achieve a COVID-secure environment to facilitate all of your networking needs. 

 

Virtually

 

Our physical venue is both historic and stunning, but it has no bearing on the information that you and your peers can gain from the event. You can still absorb it all, interact with other attendees, and enjoy the conference experience on your alternative, virtual platform. 

The platform will feature live feeds from all of the stages, as well as virtual networking areas. So, if you want to avoid travel, it’s not a problem! You can still get involved and enjoy the entire experience from the comfort of your own home. 


 

What’s on the agenda?

 

With keynote addresses from global leaders, dynamic roundtable discussions, and extensive networking opportunities, Procurement & Supply Chain 2021 will expand your network, deliver insight, and enhance your organisation’s reach. 

Across the three-day event, a number of relevant topics and trends surrounding procurement and supply chain will be discussed. 

 

  • Tuesday 28 September - Digital supply chain
  • Procurement strategy (11:30 am)
  • Supply chain leaders forum (12:00 pm)
  • Women in supply chain (14:00 pm)
  • Procurement technology (14:30 pm) 
  • Wednesday 29 September - Procurement consulting
  • Sustainability (11:30 am) 
  • Supply chain management (12:00 pm) 
  • Digitalisation (14:00 pm)
  • Risk & Resilience (14:30 pm)
  • Thursday 30 September - APAC sessions (04:00 am)


 

Influential executives from around the world will give their insights and professional experiences surrounding these topics, allowing you and your company to leave with valuable information. 

The past year has shown how important supply chains are and the importance of managing them correctly. With increasing digitalisation across all industries, you won’t want to miss out on our great speakers and information surrounding this topic. Preparing your company for the future is key, and we are sure you will gain great insights at our three-day event. 

Order now to make the most of our early-bird offer. Ticket prices increase over 50% soon! For tickets and information, head over to our event site.

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