This Friday, I am offering a list of some high-level production terms that you should take note of.
- SKU – stock keeping unit (each style has it’s own special unit number in order to keep track of the style throughout seasons)
- CAD – computer aided design (for sketching, tech packing, etc)
- QC – quality control (post production, when you or someone you hire looks over the goods to ensure they are made as per your contract and design, and that the quality is acceptable for shipping)
- L/D – lab dip (a test dip of a customer color you plan to use for a fabrication)
- S/O – strike-off (a print test)
- WIP – work in progress (a WIP report ensures you stay organized and stay on task/on calendar with your production goals)
- K/D: – knit-down ( a swatch knitted up to test specific knits you want, for sweaters etc)
- PP – pre-production (a sample will be sent to you before beginning production to ensure all specs, components, etc are correct before cutting the bulk fabric)
- TOP – top of production (production has begun, and this sample you will receive reflects how the rest of the production will turn out)
- SY – sample yardage
- SMS – salesman/photo sample
Running production can be a daunting task – it takes great attention to detail and organization.
Casual Brand Creative offers production management, and we are here to answer any questions you may have!