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SgT’s textile quality management blog. Get regular industry and quality management information for textile producers and brands here.

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

Posted by SgT Group on 13 April 2018
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...

Topics: Apparel Industry Challenges, Textile Sourcing

3 Risks Apparel Importers Face When Sourcing Sustainable Fabrics

Posted by SgT Group on 12 April 2018

 For those of us in the textile and apparel industry, sourcing sustainable fabrics poses some unique challenges. While it is certainly desirable for apparel brands to promote sustainability in the supply chain, how can it be assured, and what risks do we face?

Topics: Sustainable Fashion, Quality and Sustainability

4 Ways Top Apparel Brands Improve Quality by Investing in Employees

Posted by SgT Group on 29 December 2017

The retail industry is evolving like never before. Thanks to advancements in digital technology and innovations in delivery and data, retailers can predict and understand what their customers want, successfully meeting their demands.

Topics: Apparel Industry, Quality

7 Reasons Why Apparel Brands Fail to Succeed

Posted by SgT Group on 27 December 2017

It’s no secret that there are no quick-wins for starting a business. Unfortunately, the majority of small businesses fail within the first few years of its lifespan, specifically apparel brands. This can be attributed to fashion industry’s many challenges, and fragmented and competitive nature, making the success rate fairly low. According to Statistic Brain, the percentage rate of businesses that still operate after the first 4 years of operation in the retail industry is 47%.

Topics: Apparel Industry

Successful Apparel Brands: How H&M, Patagonia & Zara Do It (eBook)

Posted by SgT Group on 21 December 2017

The fashion industry is dynamic, complex and rife with competition. Running a successful fashion brand and maintaining success over the long run comes with many industry challenges and unfortunately, few apparel brands outlive their first 5 years of existence.

Topics: successful apparel brands, Quality and Sustainability

How Will 3D Virtual Sampling Effect Softlines Production?

Posted by SgT Group on 30 November 2017

Technological advancements and the adoption of 3D models have been prominent in manufacturing and engineering industries for decades, working with products such as furniture, autos, computer chips, aerospace, and more.

Topics: Softlines, Virtual Sampling

How ensuring social compliance can help grow Turkey's textile industry

Posted by SgT Group on 15 November 2017

Social compliance is essential in any manufacturing sector. In the apparel industry, adhering to set standards, practices, industry rules and government regulations can mean the difference between brand failure and brand success.

Topics: Social Compliance, Turkey

Production Automation for Softlines: Sewbots Replacing Workers

Posted by SgT Group on 10 November 2017

In the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, more textile brands and manufacturers are considering the shift towards advanced manufacturing technologies and automation of production by incorporating robotic sewing machines and connected systems for their softlines.

Topics: Automation, Sewbots

How Not Understanding the Cost of Quality Hurts Your Brand

Posted by SgT Group on 1 November 2017

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.

Topics: Cost of Quality

Do Apparel Brands' Customers Really Care About Ethical Sourcing?

Posted by SgT Group on 20 October 2017

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?

Topics: Ethical Sourcing