Expert footwear retailer Vivobarefoot has plans to unveil additive manufacturing services later this year. This will enable its clients to get a more customized and individualized shoe. The novel strategy to product evolution matches into a variety of latest platforms and services in the line for the UK situated business. The business trades globally and now brings in a yearly income of approximately £40 million.
Commenting about this at an e-tail trade bodyIMRG’s Fashion Connect occasion, Paul Walker, the chief commercial officer revealed the plans by the retailer for the year forward. He described 3DVivo as an interesting project. “We’re looking at 3D scanning people’s feet and 3D printing shoes which addresses a few issues.”
“We potentially could have 3D printers in major cities around the world, and wherever you live you could send the order to that facility. And within a couple of days you could have a personal 3D printed shoe.”
Further, Walker claimed that Vivobarefoot’s footwear suit individuals’ feet “much friendlier than most different footwear. He also said that it is a component of the company’s focus on making products according to biomechanics. But he also said the following: “the reality is we’re still selling full-size shoes.” This is notwithstanding most individuals having one foot a bit individually sized than the other, AM would assist handle this inconsistency.
The additive manufacturing matches into 3 major project fields for 2020. The others are the re-platforming of the company website that is set for June and also the launching of a ReVivo initiative. This will lead to the firm re-purposing finish-of-line footwear and marketing them on a devoted site at a lower price.
The interview with Walker on stage handled a variety of problems. This included his belief that it is vital for companies to begin considering sustainability as equaling regenerative rather than just keeping fresh materials for forthcoming generations.
He also added this: “Sustainability means we maintain the status quo, but if the world is already screwed maintaining a screwed world isn’t really good enough.” Further, he said that the aim of his business is to get therapeutic ways of handling business. Walker confirmed that it’s not a simple task. This is dependent on the very occurrence of complicated and, usually, “dirty” supply connections.
Further, Walker announced the business is careful on moving towards becoming a £90m performance over the following three years. This is backed principally by organic growth and further global extension, instead of through outside financing.
Presently, approximately 75 per cent of its international sales are aided delivered to consumer online.