OAK + FORT has seen very rapid growth in single a decade, growing from just one store in 2010 to running 27+ outlets as well as a strong online presence. With more stores, they needed more and more products to stock the shelves.
The team’s biggest challenge was staying track on time while still developing the highest quality products for their customers. Before WFX, there was no official system of working or managing the business at OAK + FORT. They were doing everything on spreadsheets and communicating via emails, which led to miscommunications between team members. Without any centralized system for managing their products and production schedule, it became difficult for the team to stay on track with time while developing the highest quality products for their customers.
The lack of a unified system also led to confusion about who was responsible for what tasks, which often led to delays in completing tasks. This resulted in a lot of confusion and miscommunication between departments, as well as a lot of time wasted on manually tracking product availability and inventory.
“Working with WFX takes efficiency to a whole new level and finding information is really streamlined and easy. It has streamlined our processes, it made us more organized, more efficient, and our communication improved hugely using it.”Julia MoldovanDirector of Production, OAK + FORT
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Founded by husband-wife team Arjuna Thiagarajah and Min Kang in 2010, OAK + FORT is a Canadian minimalist fashion and lifestyle brand. The company started in Vancouver in 2010 with one store location in Gas Town and has since grown to 27+ locations across North America.
The OAK + FORT team comprises of over 450 employees, across its design, merchandising, store, and other staff. The brand produces their products overseas in South Korea, China, Vietnam and India.
A member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, OAK + FORT also runs an environmentally conscious sub-brand Oak Refined, in partnership with Hallotex, to manufacture products with the highest sustainable standards, using organic farmed and recycled materials.