How to Maintain Professional Relationship with Your Sewing Contractor

Sewing Contractor

There are many benefits to working with a contractor, whether you are a startup company or a large corporation. These include the ability to save money and allocate it to other areas of the business, developing a long-lasting and reliable B2B relationship with a trusted partner, and getting insight into the manufacturing process from someone who has mass-production experience. Your business will expand and your outsourced production line will become an integral part of it.

Maintaining a good working relationship is key to outsourcing your production to a seamstress. These are five key ways to ensure that you remain on good terms.

  1. Consider your contractor a business partner. Your contract manufacturer works for you to bring your product to the market. It’s a good idea to think of your contractor as a business partner. You should be open to their suggestions as they can provide insight into products that cannot be obtained from manufacturing experience. You should listen to their advice as they want your product to be as effective and cost-effective as possible. Your clothing manufacturer wants your product’s success as much as you want it to.
  2. Make sure you are accurate with all information. You may have an existing prototype of your product before you start looking for a contract manufacturer. It may be made but most manufacturers ( including) will require a sampling process. During this time, we will reverse-engineer the prototype to determine its construction and cost. Providing detailed and comprehensive information about your product to your manufacturer can avoid the need to re-sample and allow them to provide qualified advice regarding product effectiveness before the first paid sample is produced. Tip: If you don’t have a prototype or design department, it is a good idea to choose a contractor who does. This allows them to create a ready-to-manufacture design from the beginning.
  3. Communication, communication, communication. Communication is essential in any relationship, even if it’s business-to-business. It is important to inform your contractor immediately of any product changes or errors. This will help prevent and minimize further mistakes. Tip – Ensuring that there is an ease of communication and good customer service before signing a contract with a manufacturer is an important step in the manufacturer selection process, and following through with that communication is important through the entire prototype-to-production process.
  4. Understand lead times. You are not likely to be a contract manufacturer-only project in most cases. Expecting a quick turnaround and ordering large quantities will cause stress for both sides and strain the B2B relationship. Your manufacturer will have time to supply quality products if you anticipate your customers’ needs by ordering well in advance. Tip: Planning and ordering extra products on every order and planning will help you keep your orders filled even if the lead time is longer.
  5. Pay your invoices on time. When cost is being evaluated, it will be an integral part of the sampling process that you will discuss payment terms. This may seem obvious, but it can have a significant impact on the course of your relationship with your manufacturer.

A contract manufacturer can help you grow your business and we are glad to inform you that Deasil Custom Sewing Inc. is one of the trusted sewing contractors in Canada. By taking the necessary steps to maintain the relationship, it can also lead to a long-lasting business partnership.

 

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