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1. On-Demand Manufacturing Could Dramatically Cut Restock Times: “This idea that you can stitch together the capacity that’s needed to begin on-demand adoption at a truly enterprise scale is not going to come from a single manufacturing partner, [but] from disparate capabilities of a lot of specialized manufacturers.” – Read More on PYMNTS

2. Opinion: Luxury fashion must ditch leather to be truly ethical. The problem is that leather is the single most important driver of revenue and profits for many luxury brands, and the soft luxury goods sector at large. It is responsible for about half of sales at Kering, Hermes and Prada. – Read More on the FT

3. URBN achieves the retail-resale-rental trifecta with launch of Nuuly Thrift: URBN’s Nuuly rental service added a resale service called Nuuly Thrift, making URBN one of the first major fashion companies to house retail, resale and rental businesses under one roof. – Read More on Modern Retail

4. RELATED READ: URBN’s rental arm is not without legal woes, though … Urban Outfitters Cannot Escape Le Tote’s Trade Secret Claims Over “Copycat” Rental Venture, Nuuly. A Pennsylvania court will not toss out the trade secret misappropriation claims that Le Tote lodged against Urban for allegedly gaining access to an array of valuable information under the guise of a potential acquisition, and then abandoning the M&A talks and launching a copycat rental service of its own” using that “stolen” info. – Read More on TFL

5. AI Regulation Is Coming: For years public concern about technological risk has focused on the misuse of personal data. But as firms embed more and more artificial intelligence in products and processes, attention is shifting to the potential for bad or biased decisions by algorithms. Inevitably, many governments will feel regulation is essential to protect consumers from that risk. – Read More on HBR

6. The Steady Decline of the Facebook Brand in America: Facebook’s reputation in the U.S. has been trending downward for years, fueled by data-sharing and misinformation scandals. Yet, that’s not slowing down daily usage or negatively impacting brands that advertise on the platform. – Read More on Morning Consult