The way forward for garment brands and manufacturers
It is a matter of time before digitalization transforms the entire fashion industry. Adoption of digitalized processes is especially crucial for garment manufacturers that manage complex or multiple workflows for the production of both standard and custom products.
For many fashion companies, yesterday’s pain points in the cutting room remain unresolved, despite a slow recovery following the events of the first quarter of 2020. New challenges stemming from the post-COVID-19 economy appear only to compound existing issues.
To emerge stronger and resilient, brands and manufacturers must ensure they can manage custom orders as quickly as standard orders. Satisfying emerging demand is often difficult due to labor-intensive set-up requirements. This is because creating made-to-measure products is a time-consuming undertaking. Personalization can slow down manufacturing processes, reducing production line capacity. Similarly, the handling requirements of patterned fabrics can retard on-demand production processes.
Automation is reinventing production in the post-covid-19 era
Automation of production processes offers the technical means to improve productivity while controlling consistency and quality. By harnessing the power of automation, garment manufacturers can streamline their on-demand manufacturing processes and seize control of their cash flow, stock and profitability, for greater agility in the face of any business challenge.
So what will an automated cutting room look like? Our table below summarizes the key changes to come, with major benefits for brands and manufacturers.
To achieve greater business agility, brands and manufacturers must rethink and rebuild their production model. Overhauling and digitalizing processes is now the priority for all members of the fashion ecosystem. By acting to future-proof their business, fashion companies that successfully achieve digital transformation will be ready to take on challenges well beyond the global public health crisis.