AEPC Launched Brand New Website with New and Advanced Features

Earlier of this month Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) launched their brand new website. It includes many new and advanced features. For readers point of view now readers don't need to sign in to access documents and reading materials.

About AEPC: AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. Read more about AEPC.

8 Tips to Reduce Rework and Rejections in Garment Printing

Do you submit samples multiple times for print approvals? If yes, read on following tips.

We were making Tees, Polo Shirts, Fleece jackets with different types of printing. That time I learnt many things to get printing done correctly.

Most of the things I learnt by doing mistakes. Buyer’s comments and buying house merchants helped me lot to correct those mistakes. If you are working in merchandising or in pre-production and getting issues to get correct printing done at the first time, following tips will be helpful to you.

Garment and Textile Terms and Definitions (Glossary)

Today I have come across one very good reference material for garment and textile professionals. A glossary book with hundreds of Textile and Garments terms. You would love to download and save it.

This is a very helpful booklet for beginners as well as for experts who are working in the apparel industry. The book contains terms of yarns, fabrics, fabric processing, knitting, knitted fabrics, apparel manufacturing, product definition, apparel business, different process fiber to fashion etc.

I would suggest each merchant to download and read this 16 page booklet. Other professionals are also welcome to download this. Who knows when you need to define some new fabric name, product styling.

How Many Shirts One Can Make per Machine per Day? (Based on Productivity Survey)

Are you a shirt manufacturer? Or are you a Production Manager of a shirt manufacturing factory? If yes, then this is a must read article for you.

You might be thinking what should be the machine productivity and what the maximum productivity level can be reached. This study results will give you a broad idea how other factories are doing. How many pieces they are making per day?

Shirt Productivity per machine per day would depend on few factors such as - technology usage, availability of machine and equipment, product styling, skill level of the workers, daily working hours and on few other factors. 


How to Retain Garment Factory Workers?

Factories don't get enough workers to keep their all sewing lines running. There is high rate of labour turnover (11.62% per month) in every month. These are the current facts of the labour oriented garment industry. Factories are looking for solutions to retain their exiting workers and reduce labour turnover rate.

But how to retain your labour?

Read on possible solutions in the following. You can introduce one or more in your factory to retain your workers.


Garment Industry or Garment Factory - Which One to Use?

I have observed that many use the wrong phrase of above two while they try to mean other one. Instead of using 'garment factory' individuals use 'garment industry' while communicating.

If you don't know what the correct term is or you have confusion between these two terms and you are also making same mistake then learn the use of correct term.

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Talk like a literate person. You must use the right term for both verbal and written communication.

In layman language the basic definition of above two phrases are as following:

Tips to Job Interview Preparation for Garment Industry Professionals

Having good technical knowledge has its own advantages. But at the same time, you need to prepare for other things. Like preparation for personal interview, knowing what to wear, showing confidence at the time of interview etc.

In this post I have written few tips for interview preparation. Read the following tips and do complete preparation for the next interview.

Read Apparel and Textile Books Online on Issuu for Free

On the other day I was surfing on Issuu.com for reading apparel manufacturing titles. I found many valuable publications there. Each of these books (print copy) are very costly. You can't imagine that you can read these book for free on issuu.com.

I have listed only few books here for your reference. You can connect to these book by clicking on the link and read. If you need more books for reading, search on Issuu. I am thankful to all those guys who had uploaded these books.

Open these books and enjoy reading.

What is Standard Hours Earned in Garment Manufacturing?

Standard Hours Earned term is not much known in garment factories. Here, Work Study officers or Industrial Engineers working in garment manufacturing factories (Export house or domestic garment manufacturing) don't use 'Standard Hours Earned' instead engineers use Standard Minutes produced or Standard Minutes earned. So when we heard this term first time, we think it might be a different measure.

Let me explain what does ‘Standard Hours Earned’ mean.

This is similar to Standard Minute Produced by workers. Instead of minutes it is presented in hours. To get Standard hours earned value, standard minutes are divided by 60. Like, if an operator works for 8 hours a day and produce garment equivalent to 360 minutes then operator’s standard hours earned would be 6 hours (This is derived from: 360 minutes/60).

Shirt Manufacturing Process

You are familiar with shirt. Right? I don’t feel the need for an introduction about a shirt.

The question is - How shirts are made? 

In this article you will learn about shirt manufacturing process.
A shirt can be made in a Tailoring Shop or in a Factory using industrial sewing machines. Wherever the shirt is made, major processes remain same. It starts with getting an order, followed by sourcing of materials, cutting fabrics, stitching shirt components, finishing and packing, and process ends once order is shipped.

Shirt manufacturing process is explained in both scenarios.