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Offline TL

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Receiving blank garments
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:25:32 PM »
How do all the small/medium shops out there handle the receiving of blank garments to their shop?  In an ideal world we would receive the boxes and wouldn't have to check them because the suppliers ship with 100% accuracy the correct quantities/colours for every order.  However, as I'm sure many of you have experienced, the wholesale suppliers seem to have been getting worse with sending correct stock(incorrect sizes, 1/3 the order the wrong colour, etc.).  During a slow period, sure it's not a problem to put a lot of time into this but during your busiest season when  couriers show up with 35-40 boxes for 10-15 different orders how do you give the same amount of time to sorting and checking every single garment(especially on larger quantity orders)?  For a smaller shop like ours, we don't have a large shipping/receiving department(1 person and  1 floater that is busy doing other things most of the time) so it can be difficult to keep on top of this.  I'd like to hear as many different ways as possible that you guys think is the best way to handle this.


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Re: Receiving blank garments
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 12:38:48 PM »
we piece count every order every time under 1000 units the time spent saves a lot of confusion in the long run.
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Re: Receiving blank garments
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 12:52:53 PM »
we break it down with PO's from the supplier. When I order, I don't gang 20 orders together. I put maybe 4 or 5 orders under one PO. Items that are easy to separate, like a job that calls for Cardinal red G2000, another that calls for black hoodies and so on. When the boxes come in, they look at the work order and find the PO# and pull from those boxes. Then they only have to dig through a small number of boxes instead of all 20 that arrived in the shipment. From there we can break it down even faster since I put a wide variety of garments on the PO...Pull, count, stage - print....you can NEVER. EVER. ever ever ever trust a supplier to do ANYTHING except screw up the count, that you can bank on....


I also schedule items to arrive 2-3 days in advance of production so we aren't waiting on UPS , we can pull / count in a timely manner over the next day or so and not rush it. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast...

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Re: Receiving blank garments
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 03:19:14 PM »
I forgot to mention that most of the time the orders are being drop shipped to us, we aren't actually ordering the garments. 
Also, the person that does the receiving has another role as well.

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Re: Receiving blank garments
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 04:02:36 PM »
There was actually a recent thread on drop shipments from contract clients. Unfortunately for you, it's in the Contract Shop board in the Business section that is restricted to you until you get your post count up to 10.
http://www.theshirtboard.com/index.php/topic,21556.0.html
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