Working Procedure of Fabric Store Department in Garment Industry

Last Updated on 13/02/2021

Working Procedure of Fabric Store Department in Garment Industry

Noor Ahmed Raaz
Faculty Member, Dept. of Textile Engineering,
Atish Dipankar University of Science & Technology


Fabric Store Department
For a bulk production industry it is essential to maintain a well-organized and well equipped inventory system. The main responsibility of fabric store department is to store all the raw materials specially fabric necessary to produce garments. This department is sub divided into three sections.

fabric store department
Fig: Fabric store department

Inventory can be described as stock maintained between any two processes for uninterrupted operation. It can also be defined as assets that are intended for sale, or are in the process of being produced for sale, or are to be used in producing goods. Inventory is primarily maintained due to two reasons—to optimize the sourcing cost (where requirement can be predicted) and to minimize the risk of stock out (where requirement cannot be predicted).

The higher the inventory, the higher the capital blockage, and/or the higher the space requirement; on the other hand, lower inventory may lead to disruption in production or unsatisfied customers. Therefore, managing inventory is very important for a garment factory. The main goal of all the garment production systems is to decrease the total production time which leads to reduction in inventory cost.

Working Flow Chart of Fabric Store Department in Garment Industry:
They follow a strong and appropriate working procedure. Their work process flow is given below:

Working Flowchart of Fabric Store Department
Fig: Working Flow chart of fabric store department

Working Procedure of Fabric Store Department:

1. Receiving Fabric roll
Woven fabrics are supplied in roll package. Once these rolls of fabric are delivered the store in-charge receives the incoming consignment. This is the first phenomenon which is done in fabric store.

2. In-house Inventory
Once these rolls are received, the store in-charge matches the packing list of the fabric consignment with the original quantity of the fabric rolls (i.e. fabric width, fabric length). He also keeps the all the record in a log book. This inventory maybe done alone by the store in-charge or with the presence of a representative of the fabric supplier.

3. Cutting for inspection
At the time of inventory a piece of fabric is cut form every roll. The piece is of full width of the fabric and of a length depending on buyer (i.e. for H&M 22 inch of length, for others 12 inch of length). These cut piece is send for inspection tests like shrinkage, blanket making for shade segregation.

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