Joe Greco, MSOD who is President of Greco Apparel took a trip in 2005 with American Apparel Producer’s Network to explore production in China.
Our clients often ask us about possibilities to manufacture in China so we wanted to record a short video to explain the highlights of Joe’s trip to China and what he learned.
Joe’s trip to China was with a group of industry people in 2005, which was a good time to visit since there were no more world trade quotas.
Like any country, there are good facilities and not so good facilities. No short cuts, personal relationships are key as well as understanding what each factory is about.
The importance of boots on the ground can not be emphasized enough in order to ensure getting what expect. Things happen all the time- raw materials not delivered on time, machines break, and all from 6,000 miles away which makes the challenge even more interesting.
Developing an understanding of culture of each country working in has proved paramount to success of Greco Apparel. This includes logistics, communication, shipments, and supply chain management. These are just as important as manufacturing of garment itself. If there is not a quality brokering handling shipments, freight issues are just like quality defects in sewing line.
Call us at 215-628-2557 if you have questions about apparel manufacturing in China.