Navigating Local and Offshore Manufacturing Mistakes

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In the realm of manufacturing, encountering production mistakes is inevitable. However, dealing with these errors can be particularly challenging when it comes to local and offshore manufacturing. While both come with their own set of potential problems, there are strategies to effectively address these issues. In this blog post, we will explore the offshore manufacturing dilemma and discuss ways to navigate local production errors. By understanding the importance of planning and accounting for potential problems, you can turn production mistakes into valuable learning opportunities on your journey towards perfection.


Working with offshore manufacturing allows a lot more room for potential problems. It can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, especially when there are production errors. What can you do to fix it? Well, in all honesty, it can be tough. 


Offshore manufacturers might offer solutions like doing a re-run or offering a discount, which sounds good in theory. But, the catch comes with additional freight costs that you’ll have to bear. If you choose to return the faulty products, the freight cost will also still be on you. 


Unlike offshore manufacturing, local production gives you a bit more control. However, finding errors in local production is almost inevitable. You might notice faults that weren’t there in the pre-production sample. How do you deal with this? First of all, stay calm – this happens. 


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The problem often arises because the person managing your account may not be directly involved in the sewing, trimming, or quality control process. It’s usually a team of individuals with varying levels of attention to detail. In the rush of completing the production process, errors might happen. 


Take for instance a scenario where an entire batch has a flaw, such as a stretched neckline or imperfect bows on some tops. Experiencing errors over a single product is one thing, but across a larger batch becomes a whole different issue. But here is the silver lining – local manufacturers are generally open to rectifying the problem. You’re not on your own here, you can calmly and clearly discuss the issue to come to a solution. 


Dealing with production mistakes can be challenging but remember that it’s all part of the process. Whether you’re manufacturing locally or offshore, it’s critical to plan and account for potential problems as part of your costings and timelines.


Remember, as a designer or a manufacturer, these are not problems designed to trip you up, rather learning opportunities. The next time you face a production crisis, remember, you’re not alone – it’s all part and parcel of the journey to perfection.