Global Material Sourcing for the Clothing Industry

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This guide deals with the dynamics of the global textiles and clothing supply chain, including the need for garment manufacturers to develop alternative sourcing and supply management approaches. The publication reviews historical background; discusses China’s advantage in the international garment industry; explains different stages involved in material sourcing process; and discusses politics of trade. It also includes case studies; summary of United States rules of origin; measures and conversions, and a glossary of shipping and related terms.

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The material sourcing process – stage I: The buyer’s side

Material sourcing must be understood as a process. This statement, in itself, must be understood. We are all brought up educated to find meaning in definitions and not in processes. All bachelors are unmarried. Bald people have no hair. A factory is a room full of machines. The problem here is that defining something adds nothing concrete to our overall knowledge. Operational knowledge comes from understanding the entire process of how things occur and how to change them. This is equally true of concepts such as marriage, baldness, and, for our purposes, manufacturing T-shirts and sourcing material.

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