Creating the supply chains of the future
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We are GROUP MF

Global Supply Chain Company

Our view on sourcing for Current Year

How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in upcoming seasons, and what strategies can help fashion companys and their suppliers to stay ahead? Mr. GLF , Executive Director of Group MF, shares his insights.

Open Innovation

With 11 offices in 5 Continents we tapping the collective wisdom of our 86 colleagues through our open innovation platform.

Competing with faster lead times

Virtual sampling is quickly bringing products to life, bypassing the time and resources needed to create physical product samples.






At a glance

Group MF is creating the supply chains of the future, with a mission to make life better for people everywhere along our global supply chains.

Founded in 1987 in EU (Portugal), our initial startup business focused on trading leather goods, shoes, textile from Portugal to the EU Zone.Today we are a multinational corporation that manages complex supply chains for brands and retailers around the world.

We offer end-to-end supply chain solutions from product design and development, raw material sourcing, factory selection, production management and quality control, to in-country logistics, global freight management and e-logistics.

Over 30 years, despite major changes and disruptions, innovation has been, and continues driving our business. Connecting bright minds and crowdsourcing ideas, using rapid prototyping methodology, design thinking, and collaborative work spaces are just some of the ways we innovate at Group MF everyday.

Our business is built upon our people, our time-honored values, financial strength, our culture of innovation, our approach to sustainability and the social impact we make through Group MF Foundation.

With more than 12 offices and distribution centers in over 5 Continents across the globe, as well as our extensive network of suppliers, we are dedicated to investing in the future where our reach makes life better for people everywhere.




Our values

Our values form the basis for our culture, business strategies and brand.

They bring us together and guide what we do.

We are entrepreneurs: Our company was started by famely entrepreneurs in Portugal in 1987. They joined forces to create and develop a successful business by identifying where the opportunity for sourcing products met customer needs in faraway markets. That same entrepreneurial spirit of agility and simplicity is very much alive today and continues to drive the way we support our customers, suppliers, the industry and communities to grow.

We are humble: Having evolved from a ‘start-up’ to a global supply chain orchestrator, creating value for our customers has been driving our success. Our mission is to provide innovative supply chain and logistics solutions that meet the needs of our customers and add long-term value to their businesses.

We are family: Trust and integrity are the cornerstones of our long-lasting relationships and essential to foster loyalty and teamwork. We care about our people, our customers, vendors and communities and about creating a sustainable future together.



Our people

We are a global team of fashion industry experts who brings innovative products to life.

We constantly experiment new ways of working to deliver value to our customers.

What We Do

We are reimagining and creating the supply chains of the future.
As entrepreneurs in a digital world, we create innovative products and end-to-end solutions for our customers.

Group MF - Manage

Manage

From product design, to vendor compliance, raw material sourcing, manufacturing control, logistics, and more, we have the unique ability to create flexible, end-to-end supply chain strategies for retailers and brands around the world.

GROUP MF - Trading

Trading

As a strategic supply chain solutions provider, we have the unique capability to serve our customers' business and product needs regardless of how they want to buy their product – whether through an agent, importer, wholesaler or supplier. With offices and people on the ground in all key production markets, our experts convene an extensive network of suppliers to meet the design, sourcing and production needs of our customers including national brands, specialty stores, department stores, e-commerce, clubs, hypermarkets and off-price retailers. We bring solutions across all product categories and market segments, from mass market to luxury.

We offer deep expertise in designing and developing private label products from initial product design through development to final delivery, whether it is for fast fashion, ready and leather to wear, leather shoes, leather accessories or gifts.

Our three product verticals in shoes, leather goods and fashion leather wear bring together our deep expertise to help our customers differentiate their products. The common thread across our product teams is a commitment to creativity, innovation and design.

GROUP MF - Logistics

Logistics

We are a leading logistics services provider specializing in key verticals of footwear and apparel, fast-moving consumer goods, leather, trade and retail . Through in-county logistics and global freight management, we provide holistic, integrated solutions that spans the time the product leaves the factory to the time it reaches the hands of the consumer. Our knowledge and network along the entire global supply chain and retail industry give us insight into creating long-term collaborative solutions for our customers. We’re not just about moving things from one place to another. We analyze each customer’s needs, anticipate challenges, design options and set up contingency plans so our customers never have to worry about the journey.

Learn more about what we do and how we connect the supply chain to bring our customers the goods they rely on every day.

Suppliers

GROUP MF sources, creates and delivers products to brands and retailers worldwide. We do this by connecting 280 suppliers in over 16 markets around the world, managing our customers’ supply chains to meet their needs through competitive pricing, quality and reliable delivery.

  • GROUP MF - Suppliers

    Our Supply Chain

    We take our responsibility to our employees, customers, suppliers, and the workers in our supply chains very seriously. We recognize that our business can influence positive change in our industry. Improving both working conditions and the livelihoods of workers and their families in our sourcing communities is important to us.

    At GROUP MF we understand that building sustainable supply chains cannot be done alone. We work with suppliers around the world and alongside industry partners to address the development challenges our industry faces.

  • GROUP MF - Suppliers

    Our suppliers

    Our suppliers are located in key production markets around the world which allows us to flexibly move production across markets, balance capacity constraints and meet customer needs.

    Of our 128 supplier base, 73 suppliers remain regularly active with order placements over a two-year period. Asia Suppliers have key role in our production supply chains.

    With 11 offices in 5 continents, we are all about tapping into the collective wisdom of our 86 colleagues through The NiRVEN our open innovation platform.

  • Supply Chain Sustainability

    Supply chain sustainability

    Sustainability is a part of our culture and provides us with a guiding framework for how we manage our impact while contributing to the development of the communities in which we live and work.

    We manage our global supply chains in a manner that is consistent with our overall Sustainability Strategy.

    Our initiatives to enhance supply chain sustainability focus on three areas: managing risk and furthering compliance along our supply chains, collaborating with customers and industry partners to build better supply chains, and sourcing responsibly.

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Our Approach

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GROUP MF - Open Inonovation

Open Innovation

We’re tapping into the collective wisdom of our 86 colleagues worldwide through The NiRVEN, our open innovation platform, where our community of innovators have already proposed and collaborated on some 150 ideas from innovative fashion textiles and leather products to improving the supply chain. Offline rapid prototyping sessions and idea jams create opportunities for our people to collaborate with experts within the company getting to solutions.


GROUP MF - Lead Times

Competing with faster lead times

Speed to market is critical to our business. One of the ways that allow us to move faster is through the use of virtual sampling as it significantly reduces the amount of time required to design, produce, handle and seek approvals for product samples. Product designers create collections of virtual samples for customers to review in a digital showroom. Beyond the benefits of time and efficiency, virtual sampling offers a more sustainable approach to traditional design and sampling methods.


GROUP MF - Supply Chains

Digitizing supply chains

From planning to production, we’re working with our manufacturers to boost agility, speed and transparency in the supply chain through the use of technology. Manufacturers can optimize their operations with the visibility provided. They can also quickly identify the source of quality issues and minimize downtime.


GROUP MF - Research driven business

Research driven business

Our company builds business strategies based on a macro overview of the economy and where we see it changing in the future. Research teams of the GROUP MF Global Retail & Technology specialize in how retail and technology trends intersect and build collaborative communities of knowledge; while GROUP MF Business Intelligence collects, analyses and interprets market data on global sourcing, supply chains, distribution, retail and technology, with a particular focus on business trends and developments in EU and other countries.


GROUP MF - Engineering innovative products

Engineering innovative products

We’re building a culture of innovation at Group MF and makers are part of that story. Every day, engineers who works for our fashion business, looks at how the point-of- sales experience can be more interactive and personal for shoppers.


GROUP MF - Design

Designed by individuals

Passionate and talented professionals make up a global pool of designers, whose skill of translating trends into great products is both an art and a science. They design creations for our fashion business.


GROUP MF - HR innovation

Fostering long-term customer relations through HR innovation

When speaking of customer relations, many would focus on creating unique products and solutions but would not realize that human resources’ initiatives in uplifting talent capability could “wow” customers and win their trust.


GROUP MF - Upcoming Seasons

Our view on sourcing for UPCOMING SEASONS


The Diversification of supply chains is the best hedges against uncertainty of the future

The direction for many companies in recent years has been to narrow and tighten their supplier base as well as where they do business. These are the most vulnerable to disruption.
Companies need to diversif y their supply chains now as the best hedges against uncertainty.
They need to enable speed and focus on integrated supply chain strategies rather than on cost alone.
If they can also recognize the value of having the right processes that deliver the right product at the right time, then it’s possible that disruption will have less of an impact.


Embrace new technology and digitalize operations and supply chains to boost speed and innovation

With the current macro conditions, Upcoming years is likely to be another challenging for the apparel industry.
However, it brings opportunity for retailers and brands to rethink their business models and how they operate to stay responsive against the pace of change and recognize opportunities when they arise, such as the digitalization of the supply chains.
Digitalization will help companies enable speed and innovation within their organizations and supply chains, and focus on the demands of consumers through data.
This will help them get the relevant product to the consumer at the right time, and at a fair price.


Contact Us


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GROUP MF
Zona Industrial AP-27
EC Vila Nova De Gaia
4431-901 V.N.Gaia, Portugal




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info@groupmf.eu