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The Importance of Engaged Employees in Meeting Consumer Expectations: Interview with an Apparel Sourcing Expert (Part 4) 2/2

Q: Regarding training, what training should a new sewing worker receive? How long should it last? A: For a sewing operator with no experience, the minimum training time should be three weeks in an off-line training area, then two weeks of on-line experience and two weeks of aftercare experience. The first two weeks should be […]

The Importance of Engaged Employees in Meeting Consumer Expectations: Interview with an Apparel Sourcing Expert (Part 4) 1/2

In this final part of a four-part series, Patrick addresses engaged employees. Q: Do most apparel factories have high rates of turnover? A: It depends, as turnover rates vary greatly from country to country and one production hub to another. In areas of low unemployment, turnover is always high, because there are other jobs available […]

The Importance of Speed in Meeting Consumer Expectations: Interview with an Apparel Sourcing Expert (Part 3) 1/2

In part three of this four-part series, Patrick addresses speed.   Q: Improving speed from factory to store is a common concern among today’s brands and retailers. What is the actual net manufacturing time for an average pair of jeans, ladies top, or similar product? A: Most manufacturers provide a one-month estimate, but the real […]

The Importance of Quality in Meeting Consumer Expectations: Interview with an Apparel Sourcing Expert (Part 2) 1/2

In part two of this four-part series, Patrick addresses quality.   Q: What are apparel manufacturers’ worst fears?   A: There are many, including any that have a direct relationship with the factory’s bottom line. For instance, some common fears include: Lack of orders for the current or next season Loss or potential loss of […]

The Importance of Flexibility in Meeting Consumer Expectations: Interview with an Apparel Sourcing Expert (Part 1) 2/2

Q: So, what is the typical experience when a factory tries making small runs? Are they profitable?   A: When you throw smaller orders into the mix, the optimal production scenario I outlined usually comes crashing down.With all the style changeovers, actual production days are drastically reduced. The production line may only produce 4,000 to […]

Wrinkled tongue – Case #652

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Practical solutions to problems encountered in the manufacturing process that demonstrate how we assist our customers’ factories to produce Right from the Start TM. Problem: wrinkles on the tongue because the factory was applying glue to the lining.   Impactiva solution: we got the factory to stop using […]

The Importance of Flexibility in Meeting Consumer Expectations: Interview with an Apparel Sourcing Expert (Part 1) 1/2

In this installment of the Impactiva Interview Series, we’re talking with Apparel Business Unit Leader Patrick McGinty, an apparel sourcing and manufacturing expert with more than 40 years of garment production experience.   Patrick shares his insights on the garment-making process and challenges in meeting consumer expectations. He discusses the importance of brands and garment […]

Knitted upper – Case #651

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Practical solutions to problems encountered in the manufacturing process that demonstrate how we assist our customers’ factories to produce Right from the Start TM. Problem: the toe puff can be seen through the knitted upper after lasting. Impactiva solution: we got the factory to attach two pieces of […]