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(Wall Street Journal)   This old man, AOL founder Steve Case, invests $20 million in Lolly Wolly Doodle all day, with a knick-knack paddy whack give the dog a bone while the wheels of the bus go round and round   ( divider line
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2013-06-17 07:55:24 AM  
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Vaneshi: AverageAmericanGuy: JIT clothes manufacture. Sounds expensive and inefficient.

For once I agree with you, which is a very rare thing indeed.

Given the ridiculous lead times in clothing that we currently have, JIT might mean "in less than a month".

Other than the Chinese copycat-the-latest-celebrity-wedding-dress stuff, clothing has a very slow and inefficient manufacturing chain.  Multiple levels of subcontracting for beads, ribbon, buttons, and other doo-dads.  No equivalent of jigs and fixtures to simplify intermediate and final assembly.  Lots of hand-finishing.  Incredible amounts of wasted material.  The only reason clothing is cheap is that we

It's only in the 5 years that you've seen any level of automated CAD system work to optimize the use of fabric, and laser cutters to make the process fast and clean.
2013-06-17 08:02:30 AM  
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AverageAmericanGuy: JIT clothes manufacture. Sounds expensive and inefficient.

Yeah, not really. I was sitting in  hotel room new years day 2000 and watching the news when they announced montgomery wards had filled for bankrutcy. I told my gf that this sucks, my company is now dead. I had about 20 containers already in port and several dozen at sea- all privately labeled and tagged. To re-tag and label everything cost a couple of million. Not to mention the fact about the thousands of dozens of already cut pants and shirts due in 3 months. Bugle Boy never recovered, they filed bankruptcy that december and I and a few hundred folks were let go 2 months later. Now, we were a large company and JIT would not have helped nor worked for us, but - I can see this working for them, if everything is only ordered online.Instead of having items ordered by the thousands and shipped from various parts of the world- they can do it all in house.No customs duties, no real need for large distribution centers, etc.
2013-06-17 07:26:34 AM  
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JIT clothes manufacture. Sounds expensive and inefficient.
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