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The Foschini Group (TFG) said in a statement on Wednesday that the group is committed to offset the effects of the pandemic through a myriad of initiatives and one such area that remains front and centre for the retailer is local manufacturing.

The retailer has come up with a programme called Quick Response Manufacturing which aims to create shorter lead times through the use of innovative production processes, lean manufacturing principles, IT systems and digitization allowing a move away from the traditional 150 to 180 day international supply chain lead time to 42 days on average when locally produced.

"We have proven that we can be more profitable as a retailer with locally manufactured goods than with imported goods, despite a lot of 'conventional wisdom' to the contrary" stated TFG CEO Anthony Thunström at a recent media briefing.

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