LuitBiz For Apparel Industry

How Can Apparel Manufacturing Companies Benefit From LuitBiz?

Technology is changing rapidly and the apparel manufacturing industry has been faced with increased global competition, customer demands for new and innovative products, the need to create new revenue streams, and pressure to reduce new development costs. To keep up with these demands and remain competitive, the apparel industry is constantly seeking to differentiate themselves from their competition in the following 4 main ways:

  1. Aligning and coordinating design, procurement and suppliers early in the design process to accelerate time-consuming product sample review iterations and placement decisions
  2. Establishing an information infrastructure that can automate business processes and develop workflows across the product lifecycle
  3. Improving the ability to capture and align industry trends, product features, and customer requirements
  4. Recruiting and managing a skilled & engeged work force that help in quick design and production processes

Key to succeeding in each of these four areas is the implementation of integrated systemic processes to manage your documents, customers and your employees. Major apparel companies have seen their brands succeed internationally with the help of systematic management strategies, which no doubt include the efficient management of document, workflows, customers and employees.

How can LuitBiz help Apparel Manufacturing Companies manage their Documents, Customers & Employees?

The three main pillars of an apparel manufacturing company are their "Documents", "Customers" and their "Employees". The capacity to manage your product development, design marketing campaigns, track your workflow and manage all your employee processes all in a single solution means faster time-to-market, increased process visibility, improved collaboration, and enhanced traceability & accountibility.

Specific needs of the apparel industry

Apparel manufacturing companies have a lot of documents pertaining to designs, images, marketing, packaging, import & export, and compliance like:

  • Material requisition reports
  • Inspection and audit reports
  • Purchase and sales orders
  • Pre-production meeting reports
  • Shrinkage and fabric test reports
  • In-house and third-party test reports
  • Cut plans
  • Calibration records
  • Preventive & corrective action plans implemented against audit reports / customer complaints

If these documents are not easily accessible, it slows down the functioning of the apparel company resulting in lengthy cycle times, reduced cash flow and loss of revenue.

As with any other industry, the apparel industry is required to meet the requirements of various regulatory and government standards. In accordance with the ISO 9001, all documents should be legible and should facilitate identification of document revision. It is also important to exercise control over external documents. This is very difficult to achieve in the absence of a document management system.

Managing & tracking purchase orders, tracking quality documents, tracking vendor collaboration and the inability to establish concept-to-production workflow is a major problem faced by apparel companies. An automated document management system could greatly reduce order and shipping processing times, accelerate collections, provide visibility, and traceability of the sales process, and reduce charge-backs.

How LuitBiz DMS can help improve efficiency

LuitBiz DMS comes with a host of document-centric functions and features that can greatly benefit the apparel manufacturing industry by increasing automation, transparency, traceability, efficiency, and security.

Automation, Transparency, & Traceability

The workflow feature of LuitBiz DMS provides a way to automate approval processes end to end with total transparency, making it convenient for companies to easily trace apparel defects. The audit trail function allows companies to successfully meet the requirements of various regulatory bodies. This feature tracks and monitors documents in the system so users can identify the various attributes of a file including the upload date, number of edits, persons performing the edits, change comments, etc.

Efficiency & Profitability

Using a Document Management System greatly increases the efficiency and profitability od an apparel manufacturing company. The apparel industry generates hundreds of documents daily. The man-power required to handle all these documents ultimately results in losses in profitability. Making the move to a paperless environment by having LuitBiz DMS store all your documents electronically over the cloud can yield a multitude of benefits. Best of all, LuitBiz DMS can be accessed via a browser from anywhere, anytime using any device connected to the Internet.

Security & Peace of Mind

All documents stored with LuitBiz DMS is secured with cutting-edge internet safety measures. These prevent data loss and ensure complete security of your digital assets. Your company information is always safe and secure and data may be shared with client and business partners without the fear of data falling into the wrong hands.

How does the apparel manufacturing business work?

An apparel manufacturing business is one that undertakes orders for manufacturing woven garments, knit garments & sweater garments. The apparel manufacturing business has a humongous market of retailers who outsource clothing to be manufactured. Apparel manufacturers usually have vendors from whom they purchase fabrics, materials, equipment, cutting material, etc. Every apparel manufacturing business would have teams allocated for generation of sales and winning orders.

How can LuitBiz CRM help your Apparel Manufacturing business with pre sales activities?

  • Provides you a mechanism for setting, delegating and completing sales targets
  • Provides workflow automation from enquiry to order placement
  • Provides a centralized storage for all the data in sales, leads, clients, clothing products you manufacture, communication history, etc.
  • Provides a well knit methodology to address enquiries, allocate leads, prioritize and close more consignment
  • Provides a one stop solution for automating sales follow ups, setting reminders, scheduling meetings and quoting to prospective customers
  • Helps you monitor the deals in your sales funnel in real time with detailed sales and marketing reports
  • Gives you access to live data for crucial decision making and data mining
  • Provides the ability to estimate your Apparel Manufacturing business’ revenue growth with sales forecasts
  • Allows you to view the progress of your sales cycle via the sales task management module

HR issues faced by the apparel industry

Apparel manufacturing companies today have a hard time finding employees who will show up on time for work, stay at their work stations, and stick with their jobs. When it is hard to find reliable personnel, employers have to spend excess time hiring and training new employees, then rehiring and training new employees. This is difficult both in terms of financial costs and efficiency.

The apparel manufacturing industry being a fragmented industry is seriously affected by various not so supportive Government Policies, low productivity, and so on. It is significant to note that while the industry has been trying to tackle age old and chronic problem areas, newer and more pressing issues have arisen, namely, increased competition, the high investment cost of state of the art production facilities, to name a few, all of which must be effectively dealt with while maintaining a long term perspective. Given this back drop, the role of Human Resource Management function in the textile sector has been one that has supported the functioning of an industry operating under archaic processes, practices and systems within a difficult or at worst an un-supportive economic environment.

Today, the very people practices that saw the textile industry through its various trials and tribulations in its earlier days have become inadequate to meet the new business imperatives. The mind set and related people practices have not quite changed with the times, resulting in a drag. The maintenance approach to HR management must transform to one that anticipates and accepts change to come up with solutions that drive business results. Reactivity needs to be replaced by pro-activity.

Some of the challenges faced by the HR department of apparel industry include:

  • Competence-based development for creating a pipeline of future managers
  • Succession planning for business continuity
  • Development of business savvy leaders for creating innovative solutions to meet tomorrow’s business needs
  • Creation of a high-performance and future-proof organization

Given this scenario, the apparel industry is faced with a unique challenge on the people front – that of attracting and retaining talent. The industry is unable to create a clamour for students wanting to join apparel manufacturing related courses as a preferred career. This talent attraction and acquisition issue is the main issue faced by the HR departments of apparel industries.

How LuitBiz HRM & ESS can help

The HRM and ESS modules of LuitBiz ensure that you hire the right employees, nurture and support their talent and retain them. The unified approach of LuitBiz HRM and ESS ensure that you get sustainable competitive advantage.

LuitBiz HRM provides you a tool to meet the aspirations of your new-age employees with the help of the following functionalities:

  1. Employee Management: LuitBiz HRM helps you to put all your HR related activities in line to increase the quality of your employee base.
  2. Attendance Management: The Attendance Management module of LuitBiz HRM gives you the ability to track your employees' time and attendance.
  3. Employee Self Service: Using the Employee Self Service Module of LuitBiz, employees can apply for leave and managers can approve their applications. Additionally, employees can view training schedules and register themselves for the same. LuitBiz takes care of the entire employee appraisal process.
  4. Recruitment Management: LuitBiz HRM delivers a reliable, intuitive platform suitable for temporary, contract and permanent recruitment of employees.
  5. Employee Training: Your employees are always trying o deliver flawless service to your customers and you need to ensure that they always have the right training and knowledge to do so. LuitBiz HRM's employee training module helps your business meets these needs.
  6. Appraisal Management: LuitBiz HRM's appraisal module helps your organization to quickly create high-value performance appraisals for all your employees and help you build a high-performing workforce that is completely aligned with your organization's goals and priorities and who can be retained and promoted organically for the benefit of the company.
  7. Employee Events Management: LuitBiz HRM's Employee Events module helps you to plan and announce the details of employee fun events organized for your workforce.
  8. HR Forms Management: New legislation, the ongoing modernization of company practices, and drastic changes in the workplace have led to a slew of new challenges for HR professionals. The HR Forms module of LuitBiz HRM tackles these challenges head on and significantly simplifies some of the most important HR processes and record keeping requirements. Your HR Department can use LuitBiz HRM to publish HR forms and manuals that can be viewed by your employees via the Employee Self Service Module.

There are many other ways LuitBiz can be advantageous to the apparel manufacturing industry. To discover other ways you can benefit from LuitBiz’s many powerful features, sign up for the free 15 day trial.