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Coats eComm Online Thread Ordering Tool by Coats

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Coats is one of the leading thread manufacturing companies in apparel industry. Recently Coats has developed Coats eComm to improve thread ordering process and making thread sourcing task easier for garment sewing businesses.

In sewing operations having the right thread and accessories available just when one needs them is vital. Coats eComm now makes thread ordering easier and faster than ever. Coats eComm is linked with Coats SAP system in real time to reduce the order fulfillment time. Factories can now place thread orders anytime, anywhere in the way they want with their own data convention.

Improving Productivity in the Garment Industry – Valuable resources for Factory Owners and Garment Industry Professionals

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Productivity is one of the performance measuring tools widely used by garment production houses. By improving the productivity of your factory you can reduce the per piece production cost, improve factory capacity and reduce your production lead time. If you are not yet started working on improving your factory productivity, start improving it now. Otherwise, it will be late and you will lose potential earnings.

Labour productivity can be improved in various ways. Some of the productivity improvement methods are discussed in this article.

No need to mention that garment manufacturers are facing challenges on production cost, producing quality products, labour shortage and shorter delivery time. To beat these challenges you don’t have a choice other than improving labour productivity of the factory.

Interesting Things I Learned in Year 2014

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I hope you had the great year 2014. I don’t know how much value I have been delivered to you through my writings and sharing information in this blog. Sometimes you may be taken to different topics that you didn't bother to read and learn, though my focus was to provide you enough doses of knowledge. Many topics were written on basic information for beginners.

It was a great year to me though I have missed many opportunities of learning and visiting new client factories. This article is written to share with you about my learning in 2014. Some of my learning are mentioned here.

Entering into Garment Manufacturing Business - An Entrepreneur’s Journey

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This is our second post on the ‘Entrepreneur’s Story’.

We have interviewed Debolina Mukherjee, the owner and director of Stripe Blue. Stripe Blue is the name of her garment manufacturing company that is specialized in uniform manufacturing.

Debolina had a good corporate job. But she was not happy with her job and was looking for something to do on her own. Finally, she found what she liked to do and started her business in garment manufacturing 5 years ago. When Debolina started her workshop she did not has expertise in garment manufacturing. Now she has taken her business into the next level. Though she thinks that she needs to learn many things to manage her business well and she is learning continuously.

Pro-SMV a Tool to Establish Standard Time (SAM) for Apparel Products

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"There can be no management without measurement”.
Your success depends on your ability to produce efficiently this can be helped by having accurate standard times and the best possible method of doing the job!

Pro-SMV- Professional Standard Minute Value is a system to establish international standard times designed exclusively for the Apparel industry. This system is designed by Methods Apparel Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd and is based on MTM-2
What is Pro-SMV? Pro-SMV is the tool you need to establish STANDARD TIMES and BEST METHODS for all of your operations so that you can measure HOW GOOD YOU ARE!

To do this you need to become more efficient – most of you know this – but how is it done? The following easy steps are the real way forward.

Set up a Work study department Train them on basic work study techniques Teach them how to apply Pro-SMV Video operators working and show them how they can improve Analyse how the operation is being done Think how it can be improved Train the ope…

eBooks on Textile Fabrics by Priyank Goyal (for Merchandisers)

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Fabric is the basic raw material in garment manufacturing. But it is very difficult for beginners to find reading materials on fabrics.  Priyank Goyal, alumni from NIFT, has written and published 4 books (eBook) for merchandisers in the apparel industry. He wrote these books to fill the knowledge gap up on fabrics for the garment industry. If you like to improve your knowledge of fabrics, read the following books.



Kindle edition of these books are available in Amazon store. He also writes blog on My Textile Notes. In the following I have listed eBooks and added brief about what you get inside these books. You can purchase these books (Kindle edition/eBook) by clicking following book covers.

5 Software to Establish Garment SAM (SMV)

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In the apparel industry, knowing the correct Standard Minute of a product is very important for many reasons. There are mechanisms for determining product SAM other than software, like Work Sampling and Time Study. But time and motion study based calculations took a longer time to establish the standard time for a garment. Secondly, there is always a question of getting the correct SAM established by Time Study and operator performance rating.

To get rid of these issues leading garment manufacturers are adopting SAM calculation Software. With quick Standard Minute establishing, most of these software products help in calculating direct labour cost and CMT price; setting up standard sewing methods and improve production methods.

In this post, I will share leading SAM calculation software products. All the following products are developed from Methods Time Measurement (MTM) and known as PMTS database.

A Journey of an Entrepreneur in Clothing Retail Business

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This is an interview post.

I interviewed Anuradha Sharma, alumni from NIIFT and now an entrepreneur in clothing retail.

Anuradha has worked as a consultant with a leading Gurgaon based apparel consultancy who works internationally for improving the garment industry. She has a rich experience of over 5 years in providing training and implementation facilitation in quality improvement in numerous apparel export houses.
This interview is conducted to understand how she had setup her successful business in a short period of time and what are the key points she can share with newcomers who like to start retail business in the clothing line. She established her business in the name of Suvastra in 2012.
She sources finished products from artisans and wholesalers and sells those products in her retail outlet in Rishikesh. Her product range covers mainly Indian Ethnic wear and accessories for women.

15 Most Popular Posts of 2014

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At the beginning of the new year, let me share the most popular posts of 2014. If you missed any of these posts, read it now by clicking on the following post titles.

We have learned many things in 2014 by reading OCS and expecting to improve your learning experience in 2015.

Pros and Cons of Setting up Garment SAM Higher than Standard Time

In the previous post, we have discussed estimating garment SAM [1] based on IE’s experience. In the experience-based SAM calculation method, you know that there is a possibility of getting low/high garment SAM than the actual standard time.

But what happens when the factory sets up garment SAM higher than Standard time intentionally?

Read this post to learn the Pros and Cons of setting up garment SAM higher than the standard time.

You might be thinking why should one use to show increased SAM? If you don’t aware of this fact, this is for your information that such practice exists in the garment industry. I learned this two years ago. In one of my factory visit, I had questioned the IE manager of the company on the SAM which seems higher for the specific product. IE Manager disclosed that the SAM figure on the OB sheet is set higher for buyers.

Secret Formula for Making Operation Bulletin for Beginners

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Making an Operation Bulletin (OB) is not a big deal. If you understand sewing machines and garment operations and can work on Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet) you can make an operation bulletin.

If you are starting your career in Industrial Engineering, you must know these secrets of making operation bulletin and estimating SAM for every garment operation.

Remember, you are not going to make the perfect OB in the initial attempts. You have to practice a lot to become master in making the Operation Bulletin.


Also remember, the most difficult part of making OB is estimating operation SAM (Standard minute). If your factory has SAM calculation software (like GSD, SewEasy or ProSMV), learn how to use the software. If you don't have any software, don't worry. As in a recent survey, we found that only 26% of companies use PMTS based software for calculating garment SAM. Rest 74% of companies don't have such system but they make operation bulletin with estimated SAM and meet the p…

Checklist to Buy Surplus Garments (Avoid Purchasing Defective One)

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Are you a fan of export surplus garments?

Read this checklist to avoid purchasing a defective or a fake surplus garment.

Most of the garments sold in the export surplus stores are leftover garments or defective garments as per the buyer’s quality specification, or excess quantity produced by export garment manufacturers. In a nut cell, a surplus garment made of quality raw materials but might be having visible or hidden defects.

Survey Results: Factories Using PMTS based Software for Determining Garment SAM

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In the last month, an online survey was conducted by OCS on the topic Are You Using Software for Determining Garment SAM? To understand how many factories have IE department and how many factories prepare operation bulletin of the garments out of total global garment factories, two more questions were asked in the survey. Results of those questions have been also published here.

As committed, I am publishing the survey result in this post. If you missed participating in the survey, you can comment in the below comment box.

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