Proper Working Procedure of a Knit Merchandiser
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Who is a Garments Merchandiser?
In garments trade, a merchandiser has to face different kinds of problem till the delivery his/her order. There is no merchandiser, who can say that, he/she has not faces any problem up to delivery. Problem solving is one of the parts of merchandising but if a merchandiser should follow the below working procedure accurately then 90% problem will be solved.
Working procedures of a knit merchandiser:
The main working procedures of a merchandiser are discussed in the below:
A merchandiser must have to maintain his order by the following two ways if he/ she want to deliver his order in timely. The first and most important matter is “Fabrics follow up” and the second one is “Order execution”.
Fabric follow up
Now I will discuss about the very first important thing named “Fabric follow up”. Fabric follow up contains the following issues:
- Yarn booking and requisition,
- Fabric booking,
- Lab dip develop,
- Local accessories booking,
- Knitting follow up,
- Lab dip approval,
- Fabrics dyeing follow up and in-house.
All the main seven key factors for the “fabric follow-up” are discussed in the below:
1. Yarn booking and requisition:
When the buyer forward his sample with all the details instruction, in that time a merchandiser should be done yarn booking and requisition by following the buyer’s instruction about the fabric GSM.
2. Fabric booking:
After completing the yarn booking and requisition, a merchandiser should take necessary steps about the fabric booking. He / she has to do accurate fabric booking by following the order specification such as-Order quantity, types of fabric (Cotton single jersey, Stretch piquet etc), types of color for each fabric (Blue, Black, Red etc).
3. Lab dip development:
The third and very important one is lab dip development. A merchandiser should confirm the dyeing factory for developing the lab dip with urgent basis. Here it must be noted that less time required for the lab-dip easier to complete the rest of the process.
4. Local accessories booking:
After completing all the above three steps, a merchandiser should confirm the local accessories booking such as sewing thread, Button, Rivet, Twill tape etc. and in-house these before completing fabric dyeing.
5. Knitting follow up:
In the mean time, a merchandiser should be followed the knitting procedure and completed the all types of fabrics knitting before approving lab dip by the buyer.
6. Lab dip approval:
After developing the lab dip it should be sent to the buyer for its approval.
7. Fabric dyeing follow up and in-house:
After approving the lab dip by the buyer, a merchandiser should send the approved lab dip to the dyeing factory and follow up the dyeing procedure. After completing the dyeing procedure, all the fabrics should be in-housed in timely.
The second and final important matter to send the shipment in timely is “Order execution”
Order execution contains the following features:
- Pattern making,
- Print and embroidery development,
- Fit sample making,
- Cutting the fabric,
- Print and embroidery,
- Finishing and QC check,
The above all nine features are discussed in the below:
1. Pattern making:
After receiving all the details from the buyer, a merchandiser should pass urgently the entire reference sample with buyer’s details instruction to the pattern section for making pattern.
2. Print and embroidery development:
If there are any print and embroidery, then it should be developed with urgent basis by maintaining buyer’s instruction.
3. Fit sample making:
In the mean time, a merchandiser should make the fit sample by maintaining buyer’s instruction. Here one thing should be noted that, in fit sample, the using fabric may b varies than buyer nominated fabric, color may be varies than buyer nominated color, but measurement must be accurate as buyers providing measurement sheet.
After making the fit sample it should send to the buyer for their comments. When the buyer makes comment on fit sample, it must be noted and following their comments for next steps.
5. Cutting the fabric:
When the comments are received from the buyer, a development merchandiser should cut the fabrics for required quantity by following buyer’s comments.
6. Print and embroidery:
After cutting the fabric, the required cutting pieces should send to print and embroidery section with buyer’s comments about the print and embroidery and completed it with urgent basis.
After completing the print and embroidery process, all the cutting pieces should be input in sewing section with buyer’s comments about the sewing.
8. Finishing and QC check:
When the sewing process will complete then all the garments are sent to the finishing section. After finishing, all the garments sent to the QC (Quality Controller) department.
When the QC department approved the quality then these are sent to the buyer by sea or air.
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