When it comes to third-party logistics (3PL), having a great relationship between the 3PL company and the client is essential to the success of both. Here at The Apparel Logistics Group, we pride ourselves in building and maintaining client relationships. In the end, it comes down to having clear communication.

Understand the Ins and Outs of Each Other's Businesses

To know the best way to help each other, the 3PL apparel business and the client need to understand how each other's businesses work. To do this, it's important to have a walk-through of each step in the business process. This will take more than a conference call or two. The best way to understand is to visit the 3PL and actually walk through the apparel warehouse . An annual in-person review is helpful for both businesses to be on the same page.

Posted: 2/23/2017 11:46:19 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Apparel third-party logistics (3PL) providers need clear and comprehensive data for smooth operations. Without it, 3PL providers can't provide the consistent service their apparel clients rely on. That's why data prep is so important for any apparel firm using a 3PL provider.

Understanding Data Prep

Data prep, short for data preparation, is the multi-phase process of collecting, synthesizing, assembling, and organizing data for analysis. Data prep is useful for a variety of business functions, but none may be as important as dealing with 3PLs. That's because you're trusting another company to manage elements of your business operations.

Clear data prep means the 3PL provider has all the information it needs in an easily understood format. This information helps your 3PL provider perform its functions to the standard you expect.

Posted: 2/15/2017 4:26:39 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Big Data has always had the potential to offer powerful insights for business management, but it was only recently that analytics tools caught up to the point where small businesses and everyday IT professionals could interact meaningfully with this information. If you have access to a wealth of Big Data relating to your apparel business, you can use this information to improve your supply chain in several ways.

Improving Your Forecasting

Forecasting is one of the most important things you can do to streamline your supply chain. There is a plethora of factors that can impact your forecast, particularly in the apparel industry. A company's forecast should consider consumer demographics such as age, sex, and clothing size. It must also account for seasonal factors, including the weather and special events like prom, spring break, and holidays.

Posted: 2/8/2017 4:40:56 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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