LIM College

Fashion Supply Chain: Concept to Consumer

CSR LIM logistics sourcing supply chain sustainability
Online course

“A supply chain consists of all stages involved, directly or indirectly, in fulfilling a customer request. The supply chain not only includes the manufacturer and suppliers, but also transporters, warehouses, retailers and customers themselves.” This course will use this framework to link these concepts to the apparel, footwear and accessories markets also known as the “fashion industry.” Learners will look at how products are created from the design concept to the consumer while paying particular attention to the relationship between various departments (design, production, sourcing, costing) within an individual organization.

6 hours
This course is designed for industry professionals who want to increase their knowledge about the global fashion supply chain working in a large variety of functions in the chain such as product design and development, sourcing, QA, sales, marketing, logistics, buying and merchandising, whether for a brand, a retailer, a vendor/supplier or manufacturer.
It is well suited or those in junior- or mid-level roles who wish to take a step back from daily operations to refresh their skills and elevate and broaden their perspective.
This course will also benefit any individual (student, hobbyist or consumer) who has keen interest in the subject and is curious as to how a fashion product moves from concept to consumer.

How will you learn?

The course is self-paced and includes a pre-assessment test and 4 modules of interactive instruction based on videos, case studies, discussion questions, downloadable materials, interactive exercises and knowledge assessments.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a MOTIF Certificate of Completion.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. Understand the supply chain in the apparel, footwear and accessories business.
2. Comprehend how the supply chain impacts companies and consumers through the decision-making process and employ critical thinking skills in solving real life problems.
3. Devise appropriate CSR policies that will ensure the ethical behavior of those in the supply chain.
4. Understand the importance of developing and maintaining positive relationships within internal departments and global trading partners.

Online course Detailed outline

Module 1: Components of a Supply Chain Free trial

In this module we will take a look at the fashion industry supply chain and discuss its origins, where it is today and the disruptive forces that can shape supply chains while never losing sight of the global nature of the fashion industry.

  • Supply Chain & the Fashion Industry
  • Global Factors Impacting the Supply Chain
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • End of Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: People, Materials, Production

In this module, we will discuss the key players that make up the supply chain and their influences on raw materials, sourcing, and production.

  • Key Players & Departments
  • Raw Materials
  • Sourcing and Production
  • End of Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Quality, Logistics, Information Technology

This module reviews the purpose of Quality Assurance, how we move materials and products, and how Information Technology is changing the fashion landscape.

  • Quality Assurance
  • Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • End of Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Financing, Retailing, Consumers

In this module, we will look at the retailers who drive the business and are undergoing significant industry challenges, the consumer who is at the heart of it all and finally the companies around the globe and how they pay for it all.

  • Financing
  • Retailer
  • Consumers
  • End of Module 4 Assessment


Review the knowledge and key concepts seen in this course.

  • Course Summary
  • Final Assessment
  • Additional Resources
  • End of Course Survey

Michael P. Londrigan

Course Instructor

Michael P. Londrigan is a fashion industry veteran with nearly 30 years’ experience in the menswear market. Michael started his industry career with J.C. Penney in their menswear department and then moved to the wholesale side specializing in product development, sales, marketing and merchandising. Currently, Michael is an Associate Professor and Advisor to the Provost with LIM College where he has held positions as Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

About LIM College

Fostering a unique connection between academic study and its application in the workplace, LIM College has been at the forefront of educating fashion’s future business leaders since 1939.

Based in New York City – the heart of the global fashion industry – LIM offers both online and on-campus associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in a variety of fashion-focused majors. Classes are taught by industry professionals and veterans who are experts in their fields. Areas of study include Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, Retail Management, Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, International Business, Visual Studies and Fashion Media.

With over 800 industry partners, and a community of alumni with thriving careers in every aspect of fashion and its related fields, LIM College is recognized worldwide for its specialized and immersive approach to fashion education. Our online degree offerings were included in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of 2020’s “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” and “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs,” and in 2019 we were named as one of “The Best Fashion Schools in the World” by the BoF (Business of Fashion).