Founded in 1992, RA Intertrading owns the largest apparel factory in Argentina and specializes in officially licensed football replicas, jackets, hoodies, polo shirts, shorts and swimwear. The company provides a full-service manufacturing offering to some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Nike, Adidas, Puma, Kappa, Umbro, Fila and Converse. By incorporating most manufacturing processes in-house, RA Intertrading has been able to consistently meet the highest international standards for quality, safety, fair wages and environmental friendliness. The company employs just over 800 people and has 41 sewing lines and 450 machines.
UK-based Coats Digital is delighted to announce that RA Intertrading SA, the largest apparel manufacturer in Argentina, has implemented Coats Digital’s GSDCoost solution to digitally transform its cost and capacity forecasting and enable it to optimize work processes so that the business can grow efficiently to meet increasing global demand.
Using complex time measurements based on historical time studies found in a myriad of Excel spreadsheets, RA Intertrading needed a standardized solution that would accurately record SMVs through efficient standard motion digitized codes to optimize its labor management and costing processes. RA Intertrading needed a tool to dramatically improve manufacturing efficiency to meet growing order demands effectively, without having to hire additional staff – as this had proven exceptionally difficult due to a severe shortage workforce in the region, the two companies said in a joint statement.
Daniela Rabinovich, CEO, RA Intertrading, said, “We needed to grow our business quickly due to the increase in order requests. Since our head office is in a region with limited labor supply, the only way to effectively drive growth was to dramatically improve our workforce efficiency through technology adoption. Having accurate standard minute values based on scientifically researched data will allow us to accurately assess workforce capacity forecasts, so we can improve our efficiency and put the right staff in the right place. at the right time.
Coats Digital’s GSD cost analysis method and pre-determined time solution is widely recognized as the de facto international standard in the sewn products industry. The solution supports a more collaborative, transparent and sustainable approach, in which brands and manufacturers establish and optimize “international standard time benchmarks” using standard motion codes and predetermined times. This use of a common language and standards allows for accurate cost forecasting, fact-based negotiation and a more efficient garment manufacturing process, while meeting CSR commitments.
“Coats Digital’s GSDCost has come highly recommended by many of our customers who are already realizing tremendous benefits from adopting the solution. GSDCost will replace the inaccurate historical data we used, with an accurate SMV value for each operation, which will greatly help us price products realistically to incorporate fair pay for our staff and achieve increased efficiency in all departments,” Rabinovich added.
GSDCost’s enhanced functionality of a global fair wage tool, combines international standard time for any given style, with detailed factory efficiencies, contract hours, and fair living wage for the country. This additional tool allows brands and manufacturers to quickly agree on the living wage allowance for a given garment, in any factory in the world.
Oscar Gonzales, agent, Coats Digital, commented, “RA Intertading is a leading textile manufacturer in Argentina, and we are delighted that it has adopted GSDCost as a pivotal solution for sustained growth, as it embarks on an exciting journey towards digital transformation. Consumers are increasingly demanding faster seasonal rotations, more complex style varieties and greater corporate responsibility for living wages and sustainable production methods, and we look forward to ensuring that RA Intertrading delivers. meet these expectations while benefiting from long-term profitability.
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