Long time back, apparel manufacturing moved out from USA to Asian hubs due to rising costs. However, concepts like ‘Inshoring’, ‘Reshoring’ and ‘Nearshoring’ have gained momentum for local manufacturing once again. Customized apparel and demand, driven by consumers, define the scenario of apparel ‘Made in USA’.
A concept where the production starts only when the consumer has placed the order leads to a number of advantages such as reduced inventory, customized apparel, speed to market and more. The current issue carries a review of three such companies, On-Point Manufacturing, Suuchi Inc. and Detroit Sewn, which are operating on the same model.
Another interesting reading for our readers is the new column ‘SW Poll’. Various topics of industry relevance on which industry stakeholders have different opinions, cast their vote. The first question revolves around the debate on automation and will it be able to compete on the cost offered by mass apparel manufacturing.