Dated – 26/08/2008
Sourcing In Apparel Industries
Understand what sourcing means in Apparel How is sourcing being managed currently in Apparel? What processes are manually managed and what processes are digitized? Understand the challenges faced while managing sourcing in Apparel Are there applications, systems, vendors who are providing specific solutions? Who are they and what solutions are they providing What requirements are they addressing with their solutions? What requirements are yet unaddressed? What are the challenges that the customer is facing Can we address this challenge? What will be required to deliver a value solution? Can we package this solution as a clearly differentiated offering? Compare with competitors What are the constituents of the offering? Why is it differentiated? How does it compare with competition?
color. A budget provides both a guide for action and a means of assessing performance. Any amendments to the sample will then be carried out and the sample resubmitted for approval. 3.
1.. In this case. and (3) Economic stage. A budget is usually prepared for a period of six months by each component of an organization. how the process can help you for importing garments and its functions. The Stitchplus designing team also works with possessed ideas in order a product fulfilling the desirability/durability of that product content for each set of potential customers. in which the style is eagerly sought. blends of fibers and yarns and textiles for specialized end uses computers to analyze test results and draw on statistical figure to enable them to evaluate the performance of a new sample without spending time reproducing it several times before
achieving the desired effect. comes into some popularity and then phases out. 4. activity. in which its popularity grows. Pre-production.Understand what Sourcing means in Apparel The Apparel manufacturing undergoes different segments of Processes. The level of market demand for any potential product is estimated by aggregating the individual preference models across customers. Budgeting: The detailed financial component of the strategic plan that guides the allocation of resources and provides a mechanism for identifying deviations of actual from desired performance so corrective action can be taken. We. This process may be repeated several times before the sample receives final approval and is ‘sealed’. Advertising. Pre-sales. Material Procurement. various optimization programs have to been used such as color. Profit Margins. Designing: Apparel product design models are often based on consumers' perceptions and preferences have typically formulated in the context of multidimensional measurement analysis. The first sample is produced by the vendor but our team often works with a technician or sample machinist who interprets and executes the concept on sample or production machinery. This Sample product enables them to produce a screen idea of the market survey and give a idea in selling the products within the season changes. Stitchplus finalize the first sample submitted to the customer for approval and gives a costing out as accurately as possible. 5. etc. and purchases) at a seasonal period. sex categories. 2. to know. Season: The process by which a particular design. sample developers always look at new dye effects. Sampling: Sampling requires performing prototypes with detailed sketches transformed into virtual reality effects of the customers need. measurements. Production. The Apparel Fashion cycle uses different terms to describe its phases: (1) Distinctiveness phase. The steps of development are a guideline to help you. in which it becomes available at lower prices to the mass market. Attending Fairs:
. (2) Emulation stage. Sampling. This cycle of adoption and rejection is quite similar to the product life cycle. trims and quantities in percentage. A statement prepared by management containing planned financial commitments for all the components of the merchandise plan (Designing. Reductions. Stocks. Shipping. A budget assigns a money figure to each revenue and expense related activity.
manufacture. detection of imperfect garments is essential.usually by the cutter . Frequent style changes and varying degrees of fabric workability force continual adjustments in the manufacturing process. USA 2) Reading the Tea Leaves: What’s Brewing in GLOBAL SOURCI NG
. An opportunity to increase sales of your product by some means other than pricing strategies. When the fabric is laid out on the manufacturer's cutting table. wear ability and few customer returns is a valuable sales aid. • • • • Collaboration and change management with international buying offices. and production is therefore dependent on skilled workers. Standardized equipment is difficult to design and implement. business arrangement. Production & Shipping: The production process involves myriad steps and depends on the talent and skill of many individuals. amount of marketing activity you perform. To develop sales volume required to maintain low-cost mass production operation dealing in consumer goods.
6. market products and services should be involved in sales promotion activities or attending business fairs? There are many reasons and the ones that apply to you will do so because of your specific product or service. New Brands from your sampling will attract new consumers that must learn to make buying decisions about your products. compliance tracking and quality assurance reporting Visibility and reporting on local and global calendar events for apparel development and production
Key Features • Material & Style management • Costing Analysis • Bulk material commitment and liability tracking • Unique Assortment Plan through to Purchase Order functionality • Production & shipment tracking • Integration capabilities with ZymFactory • Quality control & assurance
References: 1) The Global Apparel Value Chain: What Prospects for Upgrading by Developing Countries? Gary Gereffi Dept of Sociology Duke University Durham.Why is it that all businesses. Therefore. It is a team effort. Apparel making is not conducive to precision mass production. it is returned to the mills. no matter whether they produce. processors. etc. production offices. Minor irregularities are marked on the fabric with little red flags or strings and the total roll price is discounted accordingly.and any defects are cut out. agents and factories Tracking material and trim liabilities for quantity changes against planned and committed garment production Supplier planning. If too much of the fabric is imperfect. Pre Production Approvals: All products and promotions undergo a rigorous approval process to ensure faithful representation and reproduction of each property with a consistently high standard of quality procedures. location. dyeing and finishing.
How promotion activities like Sampling would benefit your business: 1) 2) 3)
New products will be reminded to your commodity merchants. A manufacturer's reputation for good fit. it is inspected again . and then it is processed as a fabric where it is inspected for defects of material.
7. Quality control begins at the yarn selection stage itself. retailers & consumers systematical ly. you sell seasonal and fashionable products which require some degree of reintroduction & promotion from year to year.
B) Product Specification Centric Product Specification. allows you • • • • Accelerate development and delivery of sourced products Streamline creation of technical product specifications for different uses and suppliers Collaborate with suppliers on all details including color. trim.
Zymmetry Application: ZymSourcing Industry Issues addressed
Quality of work is checked during each step of production. Inspection is done by the workers themselves and also by the factory production manager or a floor worker who supervises
. structure and hierarchy for optimized sourcing management. Jointly developed by Dassault Systémes ENOV IA and Wing Tai’s Zymmetry Group. Optimize merchandise opportunities and cost control through on-line RFQs enabling multiple quotations for supplier provided options based on volume. packaging. agents and vendors. Apparel Industry Gery Gereffi Duke University Material World Sourcing Summit Report Apparel Magazine
to: • Optimize geographically dispersed production to understand real FOB costs and manage risk to performance. Reduce amendments to purchase orders by managing changes on early forecasts to reserve capacity and facilitating staged commitments to vendors for material and trim purchases. If errors are discovered early in the process. bill of material Reduce delays and costly mistakes through accurate communication
Dassault Systemes The ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production This enables apparel brands to define their sourcing organization.Sourcing & Logistics – Outlook 3) Global Sourcing in the U. based on Centric's unique Product Intelligence platform. delivery dates. trade terms. the product uses a single PLM platform to seamlessly connect global sourcing and production offices to brand and retail headquarters. size.S. they can usually be corrected. and alternative component. Product Highlights • Sourcing Organization and Vendor Management • Component and Standards Development • Product Development • Sample and Test Request Management • Request for Quotation The ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production enables companies to: • • • Improve gross margins by allowing more control over the cost analysis and negotiation with vendors as well as enforcing more structured hand-offs between headquarters. buying offices.
inspectors. since in addition to a nominal purchase price. driven by boardroom directives to boost margins through direct sourcing of international products. Errors in processing or having to make simple changes to product specifications such as color or measurements. Vendors will normally ship by parcel post. The key in global sourcing today is to minimize the overall cycle and disruptions. Stitchplus usually spot checks quality on a daily basis. and to provide the visibility to manage materials and resources effectively. TruCapture for IBM Content Manager Express. meeting delivery dates and avoiding shortages. proper and efficient filling of orders. They will be inspected for quality of material.
Challenges faced by the Customers
Any merchant nowadays has to manage numerous details on how private label brands are sourced. and delivered. Determining the true costs of above activities can also be complex. and when it is the time to place the order. depending on how the merchandise is shipped. The need to key and re-key data from paper to system or between disparate systems is inefficient and can lead to unnecessary errors. But the desire to take advantage of innovative software to help formalize best practices and help under-pressure apparel retailers’ scale their businesses effectively is clearly there. technical package. emails and phone calls. tax. Solution: Startin Point recommended the use of IBM DB2 Content Manager Express Edition along with its own scanning application.
. which leads to the possibility that the vendor may respond incorrectly—and one then has to go through the vicious cycle again. or via email and faxes. one has to add freight.
Challenges while managing Sourcing in Apparel Designing. accurate. trimming. Updating and sending out multiple versions of documents to suppliers requires a significant amount of human resource. but it’s not the long-term answer. which can be quite daunting to deal with. If a store orders certain styles in different colors and in progressive sizes. any garments returned to the manufacturer by retailers should be analyzed to determine the source of error in production. Garments will be carefully scrutinized to be sure that the size. good shipping person for quality control. They wanted to find a way to reduce the physical searching of documents which was time consuming. color and style number on the cutting ticket correspond to the garment itself. the issue of achieving more transparent and cohesive sourcing processes has become a frontline concern for many retailers. Completed garments are examined again by the finishers and by the shipping clerk as they are pulled for delivery on time. IBM DB2 Content Manager Express Edition delivers an affordable and comprehensive content management solution for Goo-Way’s growing business operations. Throwing more resources at the problem might help. they need a comprehensive process and alerting system to capture and communicate specification changes. The information then has to be revised during the ordering phase. mail. In order to keep deliveries on schedule. Finally. Today. and the most important way to do that is to have live. and can lead to duplication and misunderstandings. For all the above reasons. and the buyers’ time. it will be hand-selected and consolidated for one shipment. Rates are charged by shipment weight only. test results. and the difficulty is thus to consolidate all these diverse data points. duties. For local pick-up and delivery of materials and finished garments. sourcing and buying goods can be a complex process that is typically hampered by the extensive use of spreadsheets.
Challenges for Apparel PLM in Sourcing 1) 2) The system should monitor the product progress and assure quality requirements from design concept via product brief. the data is usually no longer timely or accurate. especially when trading partners are scattered all over the world. or through physical communication. Landed costs also vary tremendously. stitching. Carriers will provide specific packing instructions and suggestions for economic use of their services. In addition.
Integration with nifty applications like Google Earth’s geospatial locator should help them virtually immediately locate available agents. Example: IBM Business need: Goo-Way staffs have to manually search by hand for the past and present documents and have them couriered to the relevant parties. and delivery. and e-mails within the retailer’s different groups. can incur costly time delays and unnecessary costs. the ability to help apparel retailers manage these critical functions effectively has been an issue largely unaddressed by IT vendors. faxes. and potential production impacts. Benefits: With IBM DB2 information management software. immediate information. freight and air freight. produced. correct labels and even the right color of thread. The current (mainly manual) systems still typically require information to flow via scattered spreadsheets. phones. All orders are hand picked. How to assimilate and communicate multiple data points effectively into a unified operation on a single screen? Many still share product information over the phone. leading retailers around the world are looking to technology to help them manage the global sourcing process. and cost of inventory. request for quote (RFQ). Shipping methods are considered as a archaic by most industry members. inevitable quality issues.production flow. and facilities to speed quality testing and manufacturing. suppliers and governmental bodies. Until now. to invoice. order. there was improved communications for Goo-Way internally among various departments and externally with customers.
• Manage quality inspections.
Centric Software Global Sourcing Applic ations With Centric's sourcing applications. nor to maintain the official transaction details. The quality of our work in merchandising starts with a Service Spectrum called Order Flow Chart Procedure (OFCP) standard.used cross-referencing). or unite the buying process. • Achieve visibility of placements to understand the relationship between vendors and risk to business objectives. calendaring. Quality control Policies and Shipping. trims. or a growing database of approved designs and configurations or components such as fabrications. Our Analysts make researches for various types of Products categories and update it in our web site periodically. and brand equity. buttons. with automatic where. Color/ Fabric Approval.we've introduced an active involvement of Business Analysis Group into the process of Product Procuring Phenomenon's. along with quality resolution. manufacturers and retailers bring the right mix of private label and branded products to market at the right price and the right time. embellishments. This expert research helps to choose features that suit your market requirement and makes best in accordance with your business needs. • Stitchplus is an Indian Apparel Sourcing Company looking for an interaction with a partnership network all over the US and European countries.3)
This information. • Make accurate cost comparisons by considering all aspects of sourcing and supply chain into landed product cost evaluations. • We have vast experiences in developing Sample projects of any category from Children wear to Men's measurement. should all keep product development and production on track and moving towards the store floor. systems. Applications. But these systems were primarily designed to integrate with cutting and piecing machinery.
. and status alerts (as well as the component library. Typically. Sample Development. Off-the-shelf applications for Global Sourcing configure easily. and so on. A) Product Sourcing B) Product Specification A) Product Sourcing
Make profitable business decisions to achieve GMROI targets. compliance tracking. vendors who are providing specific solutions
Comparison with Competitors
Stichplus • Stitchplus the Apparel Sourcing Company offers superior services in the Textile Field from Product Design. It is stated in our corporate policy that Talented Works Results Quality and 100% Client satisfaction in any communication updates with Hour to Hour basis. mapping to business processes while leveraging existing systems. on-time delivery. retailers try to take advantage of product data management (PDM) solutions such as Gerber’s WebPDM or Freeborder’s Product Manager to organize their production specifications. • What's more . Production Schedules. manage sourcing activities. Size Sets Analysis. zippers. and audits to assure compliance and avoid costly infractions. Home Made ups and Design Consultants divisions. not to track quality testing.