In the fashion
industry, what is the meaning when
someone says "bulk production"?
Possibly, you have
heard someone ask you, "is that sample
from bulk production?". Or possibly you
have been working with a factory and
they have informed you that the delivery
schedule is getting very tight and they
urgently need your approval to move to
bulk production. If
you were not sure what they meant, I
will now try to give you the answer.
Bulk production is simply the "actual"
production. So, when we reference bulk
production it means actual production or
final production. Bulk production is
the final product being produced based
on the actual order requirements.
When we refer to Bulk
bulk yardage), that is regarding actual
production fabric. It is NOT sample
yardage made on sample
The bulk fabric is the actual
production with all final
final colors, and final
finishing. It is the final
and actual production that is planned to
be shipped. It is not an experiment...
It is the product that the mill is
planning to ship to their customer.
Bulk production has
the same meaning for every single
component. For example, if we are
ordering blue yarn for our fabric we
will need to see lab dips of the yarn
before approving a final color. The lab
dips (sample yarns) are NOT bulk yarns.
Only after we give the final color
approval, the factory will then produce
bulk yarn. That yarn will later be used
to produce the bulk fabric.
The garment factories
also submit samples to buyers before
moving to final production (bulk
production). In the
product development process,
many factors are reviewed by the
development team before an order can
move to bulk production. Usually buyers
pre-production samples so
that they can view the clothing to make
sure that everything looks to be
correct. They will check fit, label
placement, fabric colors, ticketing,
etc. If all meets specifications, the
buyers will give the factory approval to
move to bulk production. After
production begins, the factory will
typically be required to provide the
buyer "bulk samples". These are samples
that are pulled directly from the
shipment. These bulk samples should be
an exact representation of the items
that the factory intends to ship.
Essentially, when a
factory moves to
bulk production it
is full systems go... They are moving to
actual production. Also referenced as
By the way, make sure
that your bulk production is correct.
If not, you will get a
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