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Traceability in the fashion supply chain: Textile ETP presents TRICK at the FashionForFuture Conference

On 20 September, Textile ETP Secretary General Lutz Walter spoke at the FashionForFuture Conference in Florence, Italy

Focusing on digitalisation, and organised by the Università degli Studi di Firenze, the FashionForFuture Conference was attended by over 100 participants of the Tuscan textile, leather and fashion sector.

Discussions focused on the preparations of the fashion supply chain for the introduction of the Digital Product Passport, requiring sound data strategies, new digital tools to ensure efficient, reliable and trustworthy traceability and close collaboration between all supply chain actors. The regional industry has the great advantage that almost all stages of the supply chain are present in close proximity. On the other hand, the small size or companies and the lack of digital skills are great impediments.

Lutz Walter also presented the EU project TRICK, developing a digital platform for traceability and other sustainability related data services in the fashion, workwear and agrifood sectors. Three pilot projects are about to start testing the developed solutions with real company data and processes. The TRICK project also provided technical input to the ongoing pre-regulatory consultations on the Digital Product Passport.

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