When producing garments in many parts of the world you are looking at
60% to 70% of the cost taken in fabric, so this must be controlled.
With the correct systems and procedures ensuring you fully utilize your
fabric you can also ensure or improve your shipment performance.
Your fabric and accessories must be controlled, Every single inch of
fabric and every single accessory no matter it's a button or label must
be accounted for, after all at the end of the day you don't want to be
having garments on hand at the end of an order and shipment because you
have not got a couple of labels to ship the goods. Good systems and
management controls in place will ensure you donít have these issues.
And on another side could increase your shipment performance.
As it stands right now, most buyers will accept over 100% shipment,
this is an area that factories need to target because anything past 100%
will bring extra revenue to the company without any additional cost
because you have already purchased the raw materials (fabric and
After all just a small percentage of saving in fabric together with
an increased shipment performance is worth thousands of dollars (US$) to
In order for you to fully utilize your fabric and increase your
shipment performance you need to look into the following, this can be
done in stages, or you can complete the whole process at one time with
follow ups at a later stage, provided all the systems are followed there
is no reason why this cannot be achieved.
- Fabric Procurement (yardage yield)
- Fabric Utilization
- Width Batching
- Shrink Batching
- Fabric Length Evaluation
- Roll Identification & Allocation
- Fabric Claims
- Marker Ratios
- Ply control
- Cut Projections
- Warehouse Procedures
- Cutting procedures
- Lay planning Procedures
With the proper systems and procedures, and with the advanced
information for fabric and markers you can project your cutting figures
before you even start cutting your fabric, this is a good tool to
communicate with your buyers as to what they can expect in terms of
shipment quantity. Another advantage would be for you to use this
same information for claims against your fabric mill. You have
paid for the fabric so you should be receiving what you pay for in terms
of fabric width and length, After all both of these will have an impact
on your total cut quantity against order quantity.
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offering fabric utilization for the textile, apparel and fashion
industry, increasing fabric utilization to reduce yardage yield, yet
increase shipment performance at no additional cost. Offering validated
systems and procedures in warehouse, cutting and lay planning.
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