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Will footwear come back to Europe and the USA through high-tech factories only operated by robots? Will in-store manufacturing of tailor-made shoes be the solution for brick and mortar retail? Will we be able to have computers and scanners simply generate the shoes we need so we can 3D print them at home?
Last week garment workers protested again in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka over low pay. Several were injured and many arrests were made during demonstrations against the 'inadequate' rise in the minimum wage. The protests were sparked by a government announcement that monthly minimum wages for the country's millions of garment workers would rise by about 80%. This may sound a lot but union leaders said the raise is inadequate and does not match the high cost of living.
The government has set t...