In our everyday busy life, the focus is primarily on getting current jobs done in the best way possible, and there is very little scope to enhance ability or learn new skills.
From that perspective, the pandemic has been a respite to stop and reassess competencies to get back to the drawing board and learn.
While webinars have been a popular source of learning in the past few months, the scope has been limited to current problems brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and projections of what could happen in the future. Also, there is very little on offer for professionals on the manufacturing side of the business.
Does that mean that the pandemic has taken away the need to revisit and sharpen the basics of the industry – quality, efficiencies, factory lay-out, cutting room solutions, Industrial Engineering?
I am sure all of you will agree that fundamentals never change; what changes is the way these issues are dealt with effectively. And who better to give directions than those experts who are working in the industry and have practical experience of running factories!
Right from its inception nearly 2 decades ago, StitchWorld has put priority on sharing knowledge gathered from the interviews and discussions with experts having hands-on experience of working in the industry.
In this long and eventful journey, many industry experts have contributed to the knowledge based on a wide variety of topics. Talking about these gems, Apparel Resources presents to its readers a series of e-books that address critical aspects of the core subjects with case studies, industry inputs, and technology solutions. The chapters and writers have been selected after careful evaluation of relevancy.
These e-books that have been modestly priced to suit every pocket are available on Google Play E-book, Amazon Kindle, and will soon be on Apple book store as well. The idea is to share the knowledge with a wide reader base in a simple and reader-friendly format. The e-books will not only share information on various subjects, but will also provide answers to many questions that professionals often debate.
While manufacturing has for long been SW’s strength, in the last 2 years, a lot of effort has gone into understanding and presenting technology in retail. Continuing with the same, the theme of the current issue is Fashion Retail tech start-ups. Four Indian start-ups which are transfiguring the Indian fashion retail landscape with relevant technologies have been highlighted.
It is really encouraging to see innovations from local talent and it goes well with the national mission to be self-reliant. Under this theme, we also have some technologies in the finishing and washing segment which are proudly ‘Made in India’.
As we enter the ‘new normal’, SW has also thrown light on Retail Queue Management technologies that can provide solutions for contactless shopping experience at stores. The use of AI has ensured that the solutions have far reaching implications.
This issue also continues with efforts to update on PPE products, and we have a special feature on fabric compositions in different medical masks and what all new entrants need to consider before making the best choice.