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carter's inc. retail

to create such a system, "Supply
chain professionals at Carter's figured out ways to do it efficiently,"
Smith says.
"On the heels of executing
these micro-supply chains, we've
figured out ways to refine them
and make the execution of it more
efficient and repeatable season
over season," he continues. "If
you want to grow, you have to be
able to manage mass customization complexity."
Manufacturing and differentiating 25,000 to 30,000 new
products or styles every year in
the fashion business is not an easy
thing to do, particularly when trying to stay efficient, Smith admits.

But Carter's accomplished it by
using a different ERP system.
"Most apparel ERPs are set up
to manage things [per] size, color
and style - at the SKU level," he
says. The team at Carter's, however, used the dimension code (dim
code) in the software to help factories distinguish over two dozen
versions of each style to meet end
customer's needs.
"Our use of the 'dim' code field
in the ERP allows our factories
to customize or tweak styles,
content, labeling, packing configurations, etc.," he says, noting
that most apparel companies
would complete many of these
value-added services when the

product reaches U.S. shores. "We
get that customization done overseas, in the source factory, at the
lowest possible costs."
This has been a critical innovation for Carter's, which produces
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