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.

Consistent Brand Messaging through Product Labelling

Consistent Brand Messaging through Product Labelling

Do you control how your brand labelling is represented on your product or do you leave it to the vendor?

Sourcing and Selling in Asia? You may need an Asian Hub

Sourcing and Selling in Asia? You may need an Asian Hub

With the advent of multi-directional trade “Buy” & “Selling” in Asia and global distribution, centralized warehousing is a must for any business entering or already involved in these operations.

China Labour Migration

China Labour Migration

For the last few years, there has been an extensive exchange about labour shortages in China, primarily relating to east coast economic provinces where there is a sustained production demand but where migrant workers look for work closer to home several hundred kilometres from the manufacturing unit.

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.

Apparel Private Label Vs Collection “Brand” Development

Apparel Private Label Vs Collection “Brand” Development

Most companies segregate private label and collection development for good reason; the process is different.  Private label may feed off product from the collection, but nearly always there needs to be redevelopment.  Understanding the different types of product delivery methods in your business are critical in establishing business solutions that drive value to your brand’s […]

15 Years in China

15 Years in China

August marks my 15th year in China bar several months spent on short term contracts in the UK, the US and Indonesia. Entering Hongqiao Airport, August 2002, the only airport in Shanghai at the time after relocating from HoChiMinh City. I was collected and shuttled 3 hours west to Changzhou where along the way, the car broke down mid distance. Since then much has changed.

Are vendor shakedowns on the raise in China?

Are vendor shakedowns on the raise in China?

Are intimidation tactics on the rise to settle labor and trade disputes in China? Consulate officials, insurance companies and businesses engaged in protection and evacuation all report a definite yes.

Jack Ma Supports Fake China

Jack Ma Supports Fake China

For years, criticism has been rampant about fakes and knockoffs manufactured in China. International brands yearly spend millions of dollars protecting their intellectual property and trademarks.

Why isn’t my style development on time?

Why isn’t my style development on time?

The development centre or sample room of any apparel organisation is a critical part of the process, and as such needs to be thoroughly evaluated in the initial sourcing qualification of any new vendor.