VF Corporation isn’t your average garment or footwear manufacturer. Most obviously, it’s huge. Two dozen or so major brands (including icons such as Wrangler, Lee, The North Face and Timberland); 60,000-plus staff; nearly 1,000 contract factories producing over 1.3 million items per day across almost 50 countries.
Second, it still makes stuff. While most won’t admit it publicly, the majority of the world’s big clothing brands are essentially logistics and distribution outfits. In contrast, VF takes a hands-on approach throughout the product cycle, from procuring the raw materials right through to providing customer service.
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