Gildan Activewear is a manufacture and marketer of branded clothing with their headquarters located in Montreal, Québec. They were founded in 1984 but have become one of the most well known t-shirt manufactures in the world, with revenue reaching $1.95 billion in 2012. Along with their t-shirts, they also make socks and underwear, and have licensing agreements with Under Armor and New balance. The have an extensive quality management process to make sure that only quality products reach their customers. This paper will focus on their quality management processes at the national distribution center in Eden, North Carolina, which is the last stop before the product reaches the retailers. Nick Freitag, who is the current vice president of distribution, and also is the manager of the National Distribution Center, gave all the information for this paper to me. Before his current position, Nick was the director of distribution at Gildan from 2008 to January 2013. He also spent eight years as the vice president of distribution at Russell Corporation.
Gildan’s quality mission is “We strive to be the industry leader by providing the highest quality branded manufactured products at the lowest cost for our customer’s satisfaction on a global basis.” One way they are able to reach this goal is to have finished product audits at the national distribution center (NDC). Once a container reaches the NDC from one of the manufacturing plants, an auditor will select a sample size from the
To ensure that they continue to provide our customers with advanced fabrics, our design team working closely with their suppliers to incorporate innovative fabrics that meet particular specifications into their product..In addition, to ensure the product quality of our fabric and its authenticity, we test our products using a leading testing facility. We also partner with a leading independent inspection, verification, testing and certification company, which conducts a battery of tests before each season on all of our fabrics across all product lines, testing for a variety of attributes including content, pilling, shrinkage, and color fastness. We collaborate with leading fabric suppliers to develop fabrics that we ultimately trademark for brand recognition whenever possible.
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Deming, Jran, Crosby and Feigenbaum all have great theories that can applied and combined to assist with producing and monitoring quality. Macy’s Inc. has to find out what quality techniques and approach that will keep them current and competitive.
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Athletic Apparel companies are a growing niche market in the Textile and Apparel Clothing Industry. This market has exploded in recent years as activewear companies moved from exclusively outfitting athletes to offering comprehensive lifestyle brands, this trend is expected to continue with analysts indicating 50% growth by 2020.
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In this assignment I am going to evaluate the distribution systems in delivering goods and services for one of the well-known food sector business and that is ASDA. I am going to look at both the positive and the negative aspects of the distribution systems used and make recommendations for improvement with justified reasons
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