Zara owner built a post-covid retailer before virus came along

The unorthodox blend of local manufacturing, nimble logistics and aggressive embrace of e-commerce has helped Inditex weather the fallout from the global lockdown better than many other retailers. Foto: Imaginechina via AP

A few weeks after Spain declared a nationwide lockdown in mid-March to fight the growing coronavirus outbreak, clothing retailer Inditex SA began running low on goods.

The world's largest fashion retailer typically operates a lean warehouse operation, preferring instead to hold the majority of its stock in stores that double as e-commerce fulfillment centers. That way, turnaround is faster, shelves are replenished more regularly and inventory is kept to a minimum...

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