The global apparel industry spends an average of $6-8 billion per year on producing physical samples. Companies want to touch, feel and see samples in various colorways, before making final decisions. However, this can make development and production cycles long and costly.
The traditional workflow means that it could take months to receive a first physical prototype from the initial design sketch. Once received, it could take weeks to communicate effectively and make decisions between factories and brands across the globe. Often, these samples have to be revised with multiple changes, before going through the lengthy decision-making process again. Multiple physical iterations also means wasted fabric, shipping brokerage and management costs, storage and archiving, disposable of redundancies, and labor costs.
Time is the new money. If 75% of these physical samples could be handled digitally, not only would it reduce the costs for physical samples, but it would also shorten development time, allow for faster decision-making, and become more sustainable. Greater 3D implementation in a company can maximize growth and profits and create
superior products to better meet consumer requirements.
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