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How Not Understanding the Cost of Quality Hurts Your Brand

In the apparel sector, many organizations tend to misunderstand the Cost of Quality (COQ) because the term often gets incorrectly associated with the price of creating quality products, rather than the costs incurred as a result of manufacturing products incorrectly.

Do Apparel Brands’ Customers Really Care About Ethical Sourcing?

With the rise of the ethical consumer, more and more fashion brands are announcing their new efforts to commit to becoming more sustainable in the long run and engage in ethical sourcing practices. But, are consumers actually living up to their word when it comes to investing and buying ethical fashion products?

The Best Quality Assurance Methods for Apparel Brands

In the fashion industry, competition runs exceptionally high amongst fashion brands. If your quality is not up to scratch, you risk failing to meet industry and customer demands, waste a great deal of time, money and resources and inevitably fall behind your competition. Many apparel brands are also pressured to increase their output and maximize profits… Continue reading The Best Quality Assurance Methods for Apparel Brands

4 Proven Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Softlines

Producing high-quality softlines should be the end goal for all garment manufacturers and importers. But, in the highly competitive, complex fashion industry, if your product does not meet the lofty industry standards and consumer expectations, your brand can suffer immensely in terms of loss of sales and a damaged brand reputation. So, what to do… Continue reading 4 Proven Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Softlines

[VIDEO] Understanding the Cost of Quality in the Apparel Industry

The fashion industry, devoted to the business of making and selling clothes, is a multi billion dollar global enterprise and is one of the largest and most value-creating industries in the world. The global apparel market is valued at 842.7 billion dollars in 2016, up 5.5% from 2015 and constitutes 2 percent of the world’s… Continue reading [VIDEO] Understanding the Cost of Quality in the Apparel Industry

China Environmental Policy and the Textile Industry in 2018

While many news stories on the environment in China focus on smog and air pollution, less attention has been paid to the problems of water supplies and damage to water tables. In recent years, the problem has become so severe that according to the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, only 35% of the researched sites across China… Continue reading China Environmental Policy and the Textile Industry in 2018

A Measured Path – The Higg Index and Sustainability

In the age of instant information via the internet, trends, news and information move at an accelerated rate. Moreover, as access to information grows, so has the awareness of the world around us and the impact of industry on human lives and the environment. Due to this increased digital transparency – the global trend for consumers to… Continue reading A Measured Path – The Higg Index and Sustainability

How Sustainable Is Your Leather Material Supply Chain?

The leather material supply chain is complex creating multiple challenges for leather product importers as it is traditionally horizontal with many middleman and transformation steps where issues can occur. Everything from climate change to dangerous working conditions for staff can affect the supply chain, and cause importers problems.

J.CREW QMS system kickoff seminar with all current vendors

Great opportunity to have a working session with leading brand J. Crew quality management team and vendors in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Dongguan Apr 2018. Vendors from across Asian countries actively participated and learned customer quality expectations. Great collaboration between SgT team, Customer and different vendors

Sourcing Apparel: Vertical VS Horizontal Integration (Pros & Cons)

With almost 70% of direct garment cost in textile products coming from raw materials, finding the structure that delivers the lowest cost when sourcing textiles and apparel can be challenging. Many mills operate with horizontal integration, and others have taken a vertically integrated approach.  Each of the two approaches has pros and cons to importers…