Product Quality Management for the Apparel Industry

Product Quality Management for the Apparel Industry

Small to medium apparel businesses tend to have a very limited approach to quality control systems though a reduced inspection of a non-standardised random sample through pre-shipment samples or upon delivery to their warehouse to managing an AQL approach to inspections either at the vendor prior to dispatch or on receipt at destination.

QA versus QC, which one suits your business?

QA versus QC, which one suits your business?

Do you know what the differencebetween a QA and a QC is, how often have I heard business associates talking about quality needs and randomly stating QA or QC but not knowing the scope of the acronym?

Apparel Quality Process PP to Final AQL Inspection

Apparel Quality Process PP to Final AQL Inspection

The garment quality control process can be as simple or as complicated as what your want it to be. To share what I consider to be best practice and manageable, this document will explore AQL and quality processes from PP to Final Inspection.

Sustainable Supply Equals Good Garment Fit

Sustainable Supply Equals Good Garment Fit

The three things an apparel brand must strive for, great design, consistent fit appropriate to the target audience and hanger appeal that says buy me. The brands design handwriting is its roots and one of the core selling points, but if garments don’t fit, sizing is inconsistent from garment to garment, and it looks like a garbage bag on a hanger, it won’t sell.

Zippers, who will be the future Supplier?

Zippers, who will be the future Supplier?

The now humble zipper came into being in 1851 as a patent for an “Automatic Continuous Clothing Closure”. It would, however, be another 80 years until the zipper would start to become part of our daily lives.

Managing Textile Colour Consistency

Managing Textile Colour Consistency

Managing textile colour standards can be as complicated as you want to make it or likewise, simple. The choice is yours, but do you know all the options available to you and their best application to achieve colour consistency?

Inspection lighting, are you working in the dark?

Inspection lighting, are you working in the dark?

You would think if the inspector were going to conduct an inspect routine, the business would provide a clean environment with a space sufficient enough to do the job, and ample lighting so to see what they are doing.

Fabric Inspection  – Are you performing a 4 point inspection?

Fabric Inspection – Are you performing a 4 point inspection?

Ask a soft goods manufacturer what do they do when they receive the fabric? You will be surprised how many will say we check the roll length and the usable width to ensure we received what we paid for. Yes, this is fair enough but it is not the answer I am looking for, I want to know the quality level received is acceptable.