What is SMS Sample?

In garment sampling, the SMS sample stands for Salesman Sample.

The design of the SMS sample is mostly the same as the final production garments. Salesman samples are made with actual fabric and trims and accessories.

We have earlier discussed various samples made by garment factories. SMS sample in one of them.
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SMS samples are ordered after fit sample approval. And normally prior to size set sample development. SMS sample requirement ordered by buyers and buyer pays to the supplier for SMS samples.

A number of SMS sample requirement is higher than the other sample need. The reason these samples are put on display in the showrooms. Buyer send SMS samples to the retails shops and based the design retailers placed an order on that particular order. Buyer later forecasts order quantity on that particular design based on the customer feedback and order placed by their retailers.

Also See: What is a counter sample?

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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