I don’t know how I let this get away from me but I am about a month behind in posting the entries from this series. If you’ve arrived late to the party, this will be a great time to review the entries on lean manufacturing along with some analysis of Zara’s methods and operation. Tardily, here are the noteworthy entries from one year ago for the week of July 24-31 2005:
Lean Homework: The basics of what constitutes lean manufacturing principles. Ideally you’d read this before picking up the following entries, but do as you will.
Zara’s 300 designers: Zara definitely defines fast cycle time but they don’t have 300 designers as the article in the Economist claims. My entry disputes some of the claims made in the Economist while expanding on the explanation for how Zara operates as quickly as it does.
Zara and Lean Retail: If you think you want to emulate Zara’s retail model, you need to understand it first. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who plans to manufacture and retail.
Why American Apparel has the best line sheets: Miracle says that whether you love or hate American Apparel and Dov Charney, they have the best line sheets. She explains what’s good about theirs and the practices you might consider adopting for your own.
Wholesale Fabric Show: Not a pivotal entry, just included here to remind people to check out the AIBI in the Chicago area.
22692 Bagging Tutorial #1: Part one of a sewing tutorial I’d done last year; joining a jacket and lining entirely by machine.
22692 Bagging Tutorial #2: Part two of the above.