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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Have you ever noticed how people outside our industry appear to be fascinated by the subject of garments and their manufacture? I am not speaking of fashion design here. I am speaking of the far more esoteric topics of garment sourcing, product development and product cost. Since the Middle Ages, when knights in armour went broke paying for their wives’ wimples, people have pondered over these weighty questions. At a cocktail party, no one ever buttonholes a tyre manufacturer to discuss the intricacies of tread design. But let it be discovered that you are a garment sourcing specialist, and you immediately become the center of attention.

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