Optimizing Costs and Accuracy for Apparel Fulfillment
The apparel industry is one of persistently developing needs to accommodate consumer demand. From decreased shipping times to subscription-based orders with designer-inspired requirements for kitting, businesses in this industry must overcome some distinct challenges with order fulfillment. Optimized warehousing, real-time item tracking, attention to detail, packing and packaging accuracy, and rapid delivery are all features that can make or break an apparel business’ success, influence customer satisfaction, and optimize costs.
Hollingsworth’s Supply Chain Solutions for the Apparel Industry
By developing successful processes, implementing new and innovative technologies, and putting our customers’ experience at the forefront of our order fulfillment strategies, Hollingsworth has become a lead logistics provider for the apparel industry. We started out in 1925 as one of the first automotive parts expeditors in the world. Since then, we have grown our service offering to include all areas of logistics services in supply chain management. Hollingsworth now serves industries in nearly every sector, including healthcare, food and beverage, electronics, retail and ecommerce, and apparel. Our proven track record of excellence and reputation of providing outstanding customer satisfaction has pushed us to the top of the list of logistics service partners.
With hundreds of thousands of SKUs and millions of products, the apparel industry has a constant need for highly detailed inventory management, in addition to extensive warehouse space to accommodate so many products. Our warehousing services include expertly optimized space for efficient access to inventory at a moment’s notice, effective product tracking, and managed overhead costs for inventory storage.
From initial manufacturing, to order fulfillment, to final delivery, apparel has a long and complex supply chain. Design, patterning, production, assembly, labeling, and shipping are all key steps of the apparel fulfillment process. During our long history of successful fulfillment and distribution services, we have optimized our supply chain management to accommodate apparel companies’ requirements for accuracy, detail, and cost-effectiveness.
Apparel businesses engage logistics partners to support their operations to varying levels of product packaging. After manufacturing, we label and package garments to ensure quick and simple identification in the warehouse and optimize order fulfillment. Hollingsworth’s packaging services manage apparel preparation up to multiple layers of packing material, with tracking for each product via RFID to maximize accuracy as orders travel the supply chain.
The development and growing popularity of clothing subscription businesses have presented new supply chain management challenges for logistics companies. However, Hollingsworth has been providing exceptional kitting services for the automotive industry since 1925, and we apply that same level of service to accommodate our customers in the apparel industry. Our process for picking, kitting, and packing orders is constantly improving with the addition of new technologies and optimized processes to ensure a greater degree of order accuracy and rapid fulfillment.
Due to the volume and diversity of inventory, coupled with the need for highly detailed services such as kitting and packaging, the supply chain for apparel businesses often requires an extra element of customer care. Hollingsworth offers extensive, customized program management services to support the best quality of service, identify new opportunities for optimization for cost-effectiveness, and facilitate efficient and accurate order fulfillment.
In the apparel industry, returns are an inevitable consequence of business. Defective manufacturing, surplus inventory, and out-of-season returns require reverse logistics planning to minimize costs. With our specialized reverse logistics services, you can quickly process returns as appropriate, recycle and dispose of defective garments, and return inventory assets to the warehouse to retain their value for resale. We’ve developed our returns management for efficiency and strategic processes to minimize overhead costs.
Collaborating with our network of the top shippers in the world, Hollingsworth supports the apparel industry with on-time delivery through strategic transportation services. We partner with UPS, DHL, FedEx, and others to offer reliable, quick shipping across the nation. With multiple distribution centers in tactical locations, we can ship orders anywhere in the continental U.S. within two to three days. We also offer expedited shipping for unexpected inventory stocking needs and emergency orders.