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By SgT Group - June 29, 2021

Buying offices are a crucial part of ensuring the best quantity, quality, and price for finished products and their manufacturing materials. However, most buying departments assess quality at the final stage of production, when the product is almost ready to exit the factory, with limited benefits.

While final inspections can also help guarantee packaging requirements and assess components like fabric, accessories, trims, and labels, this is only a reactive approach to quality. If issues and defects are identified too late in the game, your goods may not be shipped to your destination markets due to a lack of compliance. Or, if they are sold in these markets, shoppers may question the quality, leading to returns and risking customer loyalty in a hypercompetitive market.

 

Risks at Every Step of the Supply Chain

Risks can arise all along the supply chain, from sourcing to development to final production. The textile supply chain is complex because it involves:

  • Many different actors that are not always known to the brand; for example, a brand may lack visibility with their tier-1 suppliers or the suppliers may practice unauthorized subcontracting.
  • Numerous steps; for example, a typical pair of running shoes comprises 65 parts that take more than 360 steps to assemble.

These are some of the common risks that could occur in your supply chain, leading to poor raw materials selection and a finished product that fails to meet your brand’s quality and compliance requirements or your clients’ expectations:

Sourcing

Development

Production

 

Quality KPIs that Improve Supply Chain Performance

To avoid these issues, quality key performance indicators (KPIs) can give buying offices a clearer understanding of their supply chain, leading to improved quality both before and during production and more effective buying decisions.

These quality KPIs stem from a range of solutions, from fiber to fabric to finished product. With multiple benefits for the buying process, they help you understand and assess your suppliers’ performance while giving greater visibility to your product provenance.

 

Optimization of Orders Placement, Streamlining and Price Negotiation

Visibility over your pool of suppliers, and identification of their respective levels of performance and product typologies, allow you to rank them and streamline your ordering to favor the top performers. 

→practically: mills & factories technical audit and scoring

 

Increased Supplier Productivity & Reduced Wastage

Ensure that your suppliers have enough qualified, trained manpower and sufficient production lines to handle orders. Secure planning, production flows and risk management, from sampling to bulk delivery.

→ practically: productivity audit

 

Fewer Returns In-Store Due to Raw Materials

Using top-notch raw materials reduces wastage, ensures fewer issues, and guarantees faster work when making the garment. It also reduces in-store returns linked with defective raw materials such as shrinkage, holes, and colorfastness.

→ practically: yarn, fabric, and other raw materials inspection

 

Addressed Compliance Requirements Regarding Traceability

Track and document the chain of custody, from raw materials to the finished product, to reduce the risk of compliance failures, harmful brand exposure, and product recalls.

→ practically: traceability solutions

 

Good Working Environment = Better Overall Performance

Make sure workers are treated well and paid accordingly. Ensure hygiene, security, ergonomics, training, and management support.

→ practically: social audit, capacity evaluation

 

With a global network of local textile technicians, and engineers located in primary manufacturing production hubs, SgT can help you identify how quality can improve your buying decisions. Contact our experts today.

To learn more, contact our experts today.

Textiles, Apparel and Footwear are part of our DNA. We are leaders in implementing textile quality management solutions that ensure the safety, quality and conformity of our customers’ products.

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