The apparel manufacturing industry’s search for a new apparel manufacturing destination has brought the spotlight on Ethiopia. With much talk about the African nation in the global media, SW presents an in-depth analysis of the country with ground realities in terms of the cost of utilities, incentives from the Government, skill levels of the workforce, supply chain issues and availability of raw materials. Although the minimum labour wage in the country might be lowest compared to India, Bangladesh and another upcoming contender, Myanmar, a lot needs to be done in terms of backward linkages for fabrics, yarns, accessories, development of infrastructure and skill development of the workforce. Having said that, the Government of the country is determined to make Ethiopia a prominent player on the global apparel manufacturing map. Continuing the pursuit for achieving higher productivity by developing industrial engineering practices, StitchWorld in the 2nd article of the series elaborates on the concept of Operator Rating and Skill Matrix. There is no doubt about the need of operator rating in an apparel factory, however clarity is still required in areas like various systems for operator rating, approaches to make the rating more rational, establishing incentive standards and developing a rating scale. The information is endorsed by industrial engineering experts like Roger Thomas of Methods Apparel Consultancy, Paul Timson of GSD, Keerthi Abe of Sew Easy and Paul Collyer, an independent consultant with nearly 4 decades of experience in the global apparel industry – known for his ‘Training the Trainer’ programs. Apparel Exports from India for the month of August registered 23% growth – GTE Bangalore endorsed the growing trend with industry turning out in good numbers. With expansions and automation happening again, another development has been the movement of the apparel manufacturing industry to unexplored territories outside Bangalore, for setting up factories. Such developments, combined with the rising labour wages, have pushed technology providers to develop solutions that not only require lower skill levels for operating but are also versatile in application and more user-friendly.