Feet on the ground

Blog for apparel procurement professionals

JJM Custom Apparel Manufacturing (formerly JJM Sportswear) has been providing quality, cost competitive apparel, accessories and headwear for niche brands & private label clients for over thirty years. With JJM as your supply chain partner, you don’t need to validate, onboard or travel to inspect suppliers. Our Shanghai and Canadian apparel teams handle all the details. It’s our key advantage. We make your overseas manufacturing experience easy and stress-free.
Unlocking apparel industry insights with ChatGPT

Q&A with ChatGPT

As an apparel manufacturer, we recognize the significance of staying abreast with the latest trends, not just in fashion, but technology too! So, with ChatGPT taking the internet by storm, we thought we’d ask “the most powerful AI system” a few questions.

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4 positive economic indicators going into 2022

Look at the glass half full in 2022

November is National Gratitude Month. It’s been a looooong and stressful year for all of us. While shipping costs and long deliveries are expected to continue throughout 2022… let’s end 2021 with a look at the glass half full. Here are four positive economic indicators we’re grateful for.

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Apparel Manufacturing Insights for 2022

3 Apparel Manufacturing Insights for 2022

Does September feel like the beginning of a new year? For our team, Fall has a fresh start feeling. It’s not our year-end but the success and challenges of Q1-Q3 are in full view.

For many procurement professionals, September means budget season. A time to look at what’s working and what’s not. As you begin demand planning, below are three insights we think will impact apparel manufacturing in 2022.

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How to improve supply chain resilience

It’s not your imagination. More factors are disrupting the apparel supply chain NOW than ever. The pandemic has underscored how vulnerable the apparel industry is to uncontrollable events. Supply chain fallouts from COVID, economic uncertainty, climate change, demographics and geopolitics are causing apparel executives to re-look at who, how and where their clothing is manufactured.

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Overhead image of cargo ship

What’s impacting apparel imports in 2021?

Back in January 2020, JJM’s Shanghai office told us about a strange virus impacting production in certain areas of China. We couldn’t have predicted the disruptions about to occur. Now with “that year” behind us all, what will the retail supply chain look like in 2021? We’ve unpacked 4 logistic concerns impacting apparel imports in Q1, 2021.

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Importance of “feet on the ground” in Asia

JJM Custom Apparel Manufacturing knows first-hand how important trust and visibility is between brand and supplier. It’s everything. But how do you develop this trust when your team can’t (or doesn’t feel comfortable) travelling overseas to audit facilities?

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