Apparel Solutions is a specialist consultancy for the apparel industry mainly concentrating in the areas of manufacturing and information technology, though our services are wide ranging and very flexible; we tailor our provision to match the requirements of the customer.

Our objective is to provide companies with tailor made solutions designed to suit individual needs which will result in better customer service, improved quality, higher productivity and greater flexibility for the client whilst reducing their overall costs. No clever three letter acronyms; no 'off the shelf' packages; but solutions that specifically address individual companies’ problems and needs.

Typical areas covered:

• Manufacturing Methods. Whether manufacturing by conventional methods, using a unit production or modular system, or team work, Apparel Solutions offers relevant and cost effective solutions to problems on the shop floor; together with their implementation. Potential improvements include quality; productivity; performance; utilization; throughput; training; factory and workplace layout; garment and industrial engineering; control / payment systems; and many others.

• Information Technology. Apparel Solutions offers independent assistance and unbiased advice in the area of information technology to all types of company, whether manufacturer, subcontract, import, wholesale, etc. This service includes systems audits; I.T. strategies; specifications of requirements; production of 'Invitations to Tender'; system shortlisting and selection; project management and implementation; training to ensure the maximum potential benefit.

• Team Work. Apparel Solutions provides the flexible approach to team work tailored to individual company needs. Designed for quick response, fast throughput manufacture; flexibility and versatility; radically reduced W.I.P; 'Total Quality'; lower labour turnover; higher productivity; reduced overall costs.

• Quick Response. The need for rapid response, increased styling, shorter seasons, and an ever changing display of merchandise in the shops, means greater pressure than ever is placed on the manufacturer. From design, through preproduction, planning and purchasing, manufacturing to despatch, all areas are affected. Apparel Solutions specialise in helping companies develop the ability to respond quickly.

Our approach is extremely open and flexible assisting companies to develop in ways most appropriate to their particular circumstances. Services include audits, analyses of requirements, recommendations, implementation, training, project management, full support; all tailored to suit specific needs. Assignments range from feasibility projects to predict benefits and savings; complete projects from conception to implementation with on going support; fitting into a project team to cover one aspect; to providing an independent second opinion. Clients include large, small and medium size companies; well known and not so well known; branded and contract; large and small scale projects; all types of apparel.

Example projects undertaken include systems audits, specifications of requirements, selection, implementation and training of Information Technology (MIS and CAD) systems for all types of apparel companies, ranging from importers and exporters, wholesalers, manufacturers, contractors, etc; a long term contract to implement Team Working into Apparel companies within Nottinghamshire (UK), and to help develop and implement Team Working training programmes for companies and colleges within the county and throughout Europe; specially developed training courses on Industrial Engineering, Costing, Team Working, etc, for the Mauritius Clothing Technology Centre. Other projects include implementation of Eton Systems; productivity improvement surveys; training needs analyses; industrial engineering, and much else. Projects undertaken, directly or indirectly, include those for Aquascutum, Burberry, Cyprus Clothing Industries Association, Eton Systems, Gerber Technology, Jaeger, JBA Systems, Klynton Davis, Nottingham Trent University, Remploy, Slix, Speedo, Warners, William Sugden and Sons, and many others.

Previous projects include those with small and large companies alike, a variety of markets, branded and contract goods, short run high fashion goods to bulk production, from made to measure corsetry, though tailored and light clothing, knitwear and homewear, at home and abroad.

contact: e-mail: tel: +44 (0) 1237 423163
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