Supply chain is the most undervalued factor in the manufacturing process. Human capital, technology, and process matter, of course, but the efficiencies (and inefficiencies) in your supply chain can make all the difference between stagnation, explosive growth and horribly expensive downtime.
How does supply chain specifically affect uptime in the textile industry? B&W Fiberglass knows the answer well, based on decades of experience and innovation. Here’s what we’ve learned.
- Stock is the starting point.
In textiles, tangible product is everything. Having the right products – and the necessary inventory – in stock helps keep production moving, particularly when there’s an unforeseen event or a last-minute need for additional output. Working with a partner who maintains significant stock of the textiles you need is an excellent way to avoid unscheduled downtime.
- Supply chain determines personnel costs.
When you run out of the raw materials you need to perform the job, you inevitably face personnel issues. Do you send home your skilled workers until you get the product you need? Do you keep them at the ready, paying for labor you’re not actually utilizing? Skilled staff spending time chasing down inventory isn’t an effective use of time. Don’t let your supply chain stand in the way of progress.
- Vendors should act as supply chain consultants.
Is your supplier acting in the same capacity as a consultant? They should be. At B&W Fiberglass, for example, our expert sales personnel are also engineers, so they understand firsthand the challenges faced in your specific industry. They are not order takers, they actively assist our customers in determining the correct product for their needs and if necessary, suggest alternatives where applicable. This can keep production from grinding to a halt when unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Just in time is the only way.
We live in a global marketplace with supply chains getting longer and more complex by the day. Freight and freight management can be quite a bottleneck. Having an inefficient and improperly managed international supply chain won’t ultimately provide any benefit. However, working with a partner close to home is a better move, and more specifically, one that puts great emphasis on fast, reliable shipping methods.
Need help with your textile manufacturing supply chain? That’s what B&W Fiberglass does best. We’re a leader in efficient, reliable textile production because we’re more than just a supplier: We’re a holistic concierge service. Don’t you deserve that level of attention from your current textile provider?