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

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.

Improving Productivity in apparel industry
Improving productivity

In this post, I have shared a few valuable reading materials, downloadable pdf documents, articles, books etc. You will find valuable insights about managing your factory, improving working conditions and finding solutions towards improving productivity.

1. Improving Working Conditions and Productivity in the Garment Industry, An action manual edited by Juan Carlos Hiba.
This is a must-read book for garment factory owners and factory managers. 

Download link (This book is uploaded on site)

2. Productivity and Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing Sector: Textiles & Garments
Prepared by National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) Govt. of India, New Delhi
Download link (This document is removed from the source)

3. Improving Labor Productivity in Egypt’s Ready-Made Garments Sector
Download link

4. Measuring Competitiveness and Labor Productivity in Cambodia’s Garment Industry
An USAID document prepared by Nathan Associates Inc. and its partner organizations.
Download link

5. Labour Standards and Productivity in the Garments Export Sector

6. Managing Productivity in the Apparel Industry book by Dr. Rajesh Bheda 
The book shall help manufacturers and managers to assess the productivity improvement potential available in their organisation. The global benchmarks on apparel productivity and nine cases on productive apparel manufacturers shall certainly inspire improvement actions among the readers.

The two stage productivity improvement strategy illustrates how an organization can move from average productivity performance to benchmark productivity. Whether you are an apparel manufacturer retailer sourcing agent academician policy maker or apparel technology student this book will certainly provide you with a new insight into the world of productivity management in the apparel industry.

If you are reading other books on improving productivity in the apparel industry, you can share it with us.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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