Cooperation is two- way. You have the right to choose the manufacturer, and the manufacturer also has right to choose whether to cooperate with you or not. Thinking clearly about the following six points will help you make decisions faster.
The founder of any clothing brand wants to cooperate with big company with the advantages of standardized production process, compliance with international moral standards, perfect quality control system, combination of high-quality talents and automated production line. However, the premise of this cooperation must be equal, that is, you have a stable number of orders, each orders has 10,000pcs or more, and can more orders, which is the most basic condition of cooperation.
If your qty only few hundreds or thousands, 99% of those big company will not give you any cooperation opportunities or even feed back.
So you should match the company scale according to order quantity. After your brand develops and the order quantity comes up, you can consider upgrading your supply chain.
- Experience of manufacturer
Good Design can only be achieved by experienced manufacturers.
Whether the details of designs can be 99% realized, mainly depends on the experience of the manufacturer. For the basic pattern, experience paper pattern-maker slightly adjust the paper pattern then it can be perfect. Or else, even though you give 10 chances, but finally still wasting your time.
Experience is built-up by time.
The more goods the factory makes, the more experience it has, have a stronger ability to avoid quality problems and fix them in time.
Longer times running business means richer management experience, smoother and more perfect production process, then high-quality talents will increased.
Therefore, it is generally not recommended to cooperate wit garment manufacturers who with less then 10 years experience.
- Is it a closed production process good enough?
The closed production process means that raw material , knitting, dyeing, sewing, printing or embroidery to final inspection and packaging can be completed in the factory, or whether there are excellent manufacturer who can manage the whole processes and delivery 100% qualified products without wasting your time and energy.
This is very important for selecting suppliers, because in your early development stage, your focus should be on product design and marketing, 90% of production suggestion should be handed over to the manufacturer. If the manufacturer you found only provide cutting, sewing, quality inspection etc., but can not provide printing and embroidery services, it will take times to find suppliers to work with, which will seriously affect the speed and confident to move forward.
Therefore, the ideal clothing manufacturer must be able to involve in every link of production and provide one-stop service.
Quality is important, but not the main standard to select suppliers, especial for those beginners.
We need to keep this in mind, good quality clothing, price must be higher. At the beginning, it was wrong to take the quality of international brands as the reference standard for your products. Because of their high premium and price, the fabrics, accessories and processes used in production of these brands must be the top in the world, which directly affects the cost of clothing and greatly affects the product efficiency.
It is suggested that the medium and high-end quality manufacturer, together with appropriate price, is the best choice for development at any stage. This requires you to go through multiple rounds of inquiry and proofing for different factories before you finally have the opportunity to find the ideal factory.
About quality, here, we need to update our understanding.
There are still many fashion founders who associated overseas manufacturing with low quality, but this is not true.In many cases, out of concern about the protection of human rights and the environment, 90% of overseas factories are excluded from the selection range. In fact, this is unnecessary. With the development of China, many garment factories have paid attention to and continuously improved the relationship between human rights, environment, quality and production efficiency quality inspection, and have achieved a good balance in terms of price, quality, cultural development and sustainable development. However, if you think these issues are important to your customers, you may still need to narrow your choice to your local manufacturers and finally have to accept the high cost.
About the price, if the quantity you requested is small, then there is no room for bargaining.
For a factory, the workload of manufacturing 20pcs or 20,000pcs is the same. The product development process is consistent, they need to invest a lot of manpower, material resources and time. The expenses incurred in this process need to be allocated to each piece of clothing. Therefore, the specific quantity of the order directly affects the cost of your clothing.
Finally, the right price and good quality are important indicators for you to choose a factory.
- Reaction from manufacturer
Your doubts, your requests, get the quotation, have a good communication, if the manufacturer keeps you waiting or is not professional enough, it will slow down your plan.
A manufacturer who willing to meet your plan on time or in advance, definitely worth to work with for long time.
>Efficiency of quality problem handling.
It’s hard to 100% avoid quality problems when production, when problems came, can manufacture find the reason and tell you? Then can he provide you a perfect solution? This two points mainly depends on the ability and business philosophy of manufacturer. Therefore, find a reliable manufacturer is difficult.
Choose overseas manufacturer, need to take the time and cost of shipment into consideration, put all those into your plan, otherwise there will be many uncontrollable factors come, like miss the best sale time due to late shipment.