After each season, clothing retailers offer deep discounts to lure in consumers to buy leftover, unsold products. But what if they could do a better job predicting what consumers will want, in what size and in the right quantity to increase profits, and reduce textile waste?

In a recent article, Byoungho Ellie Jin, Albert Myers Distinguished Professor of Textile Economics and Management at NC State, explored the role that technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing could play in addressing industry problems like oversupply. She suggested technology could help the industry become more sustainable, deliver more personalized goods and become more productive.

The Abstract: What technologies define the fourth industrial revolution?

Byoungho Ellie Jin: There are multiple technological advancements happening in the fourth industrial revolution including augmented reality, VR, big…

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