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How to Retain Garment Factory Workers?

Factories don't get enough workers to keep their all sewing lines running. There is a high rate of labour turnover (11.62% per month) 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.
Pay salary on Time You might be paying salary to your operators on time. Many factories don't pay operator's salary on time. Even there is not fixed date in a moth when workers would get the salary for their work. This situation may increase operator turnover rate.

Increase Salary Find ways to raise employee earning. You can do this by introducing performance incentives, increasing productivity, introducing attendance bonus, yearly bonus, increment of salary in a year etc. Pay salary higher than minimum wages.


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 the 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 the same mistake then learn the use of the correct term.

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

In layman language the basic definition of the above two phrases are as following:
Garment Industry:  Garment Industry means the garment sector. Used in a bigger perspective. This term is used to mean complete apparel supply chain which includes garment manufacturing units, apparel traders, buyers, retailers and other value-added process units. The garment industry of a country is formed with thousands of garment units.

Garment Factory/Unit:  A garment factory is a part of the Garment Industry. Simply, a garment …

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 a personal interview, knowing what to wear, showing confidence at the time of interview etc.

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

What is Standard Hours Earned (SAH) 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 produces garment equivalent to 360 minutes then the operator’s standard hours earned would be 6 hours (This is derived from 360 minutes/60).
The formula for calculating standard hours earned: Standard hours Earned = (SAM of operation X Garments produced)/60

This term is also called as Earned Hours because …

Shirt Manufacturing Process

You are familiar with the shirt. Right? I don’t feel the need for an introduction to 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 the process ends once an order is shipped.

Shirt manufacturing process is explained in both scenarios.

What is Crimp% in Fabric and How to Measure Warp and Weft Crimp%

What is Crimp%? You might know that woven fabric made of two sets of yarns - warp yarns and weft yarns. Warp and weft yarns are interlaced with each another and form fabric sheet. Inside the fabric, yarns form a wavy shape instead of straight yarn. As a result actual length of the yarns is longer than the length of fabric width and length in fabric. Both in warp way and weft ways. The shortening of yarn length in fabric is known as crimp.

To calculate yarn requirement for a particular fabric, you need to know crimp of the yarns in the fabric.
Crimp% in woven fabric varies depending on fabric structure - like yarn density and yarn thickness.

How to calculate Warp/Weft Crimp%:  Use the following steps to find crimp% of warp and weft yarns.

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