Customers expect personalized garments
Gone are the days where everybody wore the same dark blue overalls no matter in which factory they worked. Now, even workwear is expected to be unique and tailored to the company’s brand.
For us this trend meant the volumes of purchase orders increased significantly, although the production volume increased modestly. This, in turn, meant a considerable increase in the number of stock keeping units (SKU) and a more complex production planning.
Production with short lead times
To offer shorter lead times and improve the customer experience, we were setting up a new workwear manufacturing site in Latvia. The factory would follow the production-on-demand principle and had to be able to operate flexibly. It also required capabilities to automatically optimize the production plan and monitor production in detail and from afar.
We also needed this new, lean production process set up in a way that could be duplicated at other production units.
Creating an integrated system
Nortal was happy to take on this challenge and – met it, with production processes up and running in when the first orders came in.
As a solution, Nortal crafted us a complete, integrated production planning, execution and tracking solution that manages our production seamlessly. Now, we have a customer-driven process where garments are manufactured only on demand and just-in-time: An order from customer is a signal to start cutting the fabrics.
Once the order arrives, automatic scheduling rules aid production planners by suggesting an optimal production plan for available capacity and several planning constraints. The plan will secure on-time delivery of each and every garment ordered from the factory.