Let’s get to the basics Inspection process in apparel industry

My last two articles on inspection focused on the pre-production and during production inspection processes. This is the last article of this series on inspection processes in the apparel industry which focusses on the final audit done by the buyer before shipment. Final random inspection or final audit Once the garments are ready for shipment, a final inspection is conducted. In this, the inspectors are buyer representatives who are responsible for finding if the order is manufactured as per the customer’s requirements. The shipment packing, merchandise packing, and the merchandise itself are inspected for discrepancies. This includes the carton information, the shipping mark, order number, style number, type of packaging, package design, information on the packaging bag like the sizes, logo, etc. The garment is also inspected for appearance and sizes, and the tags required. In case 80 per cent of the sample lot is not ready for inspection, the final inspection or audit date is postponed. Once the lot is ready, the cartons are chosen randomly for inspection, and the inspected cartons are signed or marked to ensure random selection. The major points inspected in this stage are Size specifications and fit measurement Visual appearance (based on the garment zones) Packed quantity Material’s feel and appearance Style of the garment as per the buyer approved sample Size and colour ratios Carton dimensions, quality and markings Packing assortment Packaging...

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