Join Renaud Anjoran, Founder & CEO of Sofeast, in this podcast aimed at importers who develop their own products as he discusses the hottest topics and shares actionable tips for manufacturing in China & Asia today! WHO IS RENAUD? Renaud is a French ISO 9001 & 14001 certified lead auditor, ASQ certified Quality Engineer and Quality Manager who has been working in the Chinese manufacturing industry since 2005. He is the founder of the Sofeast group that has over 200 staff globally and offers services (QA, product development & engineering, project management, Supply Chain Management, product compliance, reliability testing), contract manufacturing, and 3PL fulfillment for importers and businesses who develop their own products and buyers from China & SE Asia. WHY LISTEN? We‘ll discuss interesting topics for anyone who develops and sources their products from Asian suppliers and will share Renaud‘s decades of manufacturing experience, as well as inviting guests from the industry to get a different viewpoint. Our goal is to help you get better results and end up with suppliers and products that exceed your expectations!
Friday May 20, 2022
Friday May 20, 2022
Friday May 20, 2022
In this episode...
Our CEO Renaud is joined by another special guest, Belinda Jacobs founder of Techpacks.co, a company that has been helping soft goods designers and brands improve production & decrease waste, through tech packs since 2016.
On the podcast we have often discussed electrical and mechanical products, but how do you develop and bring new apparel to the market? Who better to help Renaud explain than Belinda who's an expert in the field! Together they explain what tech packs are and go through the apparel development and production process step by step pointing out best practices and potential pitfalls along the way.
00:00 - Greetings & Introduction to today's topic.
01:07 - Belinda's background and business, Techpacks.co
02:58 - What are tech packs?
05:51 - Do apparel manufacturers have the tendency to skip a lot of pre-production steps and rush straight into mass production unless they're told very clearly what actions to take beforehand by the customer?
The apparel development steps one by one
08:42 - Initial design.
09:53 - Why using another brand's garment as a basis for yours is dangerous.
12:52 - What comes first? Sizing, or an initial sample from the supplier for you to check the look of the garment?
14:18 - After your preliminary plan, the importer asks the manufacturer to prepare some elements. What are they?
17:18 - How do designers communicate their ideas for colors to the manufacturer, and what do they give you for approval?
20:08 - The manufacturer has produced a sample in the right style, color, and fit, what's the next step?
21:44 - Full size set samples. Needed, or not?
24:02 - When do labelling and packing need to be documented and confirmed?
27:26 - What's the best way to communicate with suppliers once you start working with them?
29:34 - At what point will importers feel confident to pay the downpayment and start mass production?
33:07 - What are 'TOP samples?'
36:01 - Summary: The garment development process that designers need to keep in mind
39:53 - Wrapping up and how to contact Belinda and Techpacks.co
- What does CMT (Cut, Make & Trim) mean?
- Some Problems Can’t Be Detected During Apparel QC Inspections
- Auditing Cut & Sew Processes for Garment Manufacturing
- How The Gap Increases Speed in their Apparel Supply Chain
- 3 Basic Guidelines for Garment Quality Assurance in China
- Implement a Production Monitoring Program for Apparel in China, India, & Vietnam from Sofeast where our experts handle the development and production steps described in this episode locally.
- Get help from Sofeast to assure your apparel production starts with lower risks with a Pre-Production Meeting.
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