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Wondering how to manage bulk orders for screen printing without messing up?
I am not gonna sugarcoat, handling high volume screen printing orders efficiently is no easy task.
But it’s crucial to the success of any custom apparel business.
After all, it is the bulk orders which bring in the largest moolah and help your business flourish.
But it’s not unusual to make a shamble of things when faced with issues like deadline pressure and budget constraints.
To help you out, I have jotted down some constructive advice that’s going to make the management of bulk t-shirt orders a breeze.
Let’s jump right in.
A Large and Organized Workspace
A big workspace is required to accommodate all the equipment and the staff members.
Apart from being gigantic, you would also want the workspace to be organized and clutter free to increase work efficiency.
You can start by removing all the unnecessary supplies, inventories and other junks away from the floor area.
Keep the floor space around the machinery specifically for production work such as materials, stuff movement, and staging. It will make the production process smooth and rapid.
Fact: if you want to make big bucks, first you have to spend some.
Old and faulty machinery won’t be of any help when completing large orders. Buying four-color press instead of 6 color press just to save some bucks is short-sighted.
To accomplish big orders successfully, you must invest in high-end machinery.
By investing in superior equipment, you can cut down on both time and efforts and bump up the production instantly.
An Efficient Workforce
When it comes to producing t-shirts in large quantity, it’s not possible for you to wear every hat.
That means you must hire a set of competent people and distribute the tasks among them.
Make your expectations clear to them and let them know that they are accountable for their performance.
It is also essential to build an excellent working relationship with them and do everything within your capacity to help them succeed.
As a result, they will feel valued and be more enthusiastic and productive in their work.
Make a Schedule
Creating a schedule can make your job a lot easier.
It will save you both time and efforts.
Schedule jobs that are similar in succession to reduce the downtime between jobs and increase the production.
Start working on projects based on priority and don’t wait until the end of the day to finish them off.
Create a Manual
Suppose you want to expand the number of your employees and hire some new staff members.
Imagine how frustrating it would be to explain everything from scratch every time you recruit a new employee.
But if you create a manual, you won’t have to.
Besides, a manual, that explains all the procedures in the simplest manner, can help the new employee to start contributing at once without committing several mistakes.
Get Your Work Orders Correct
Work orders must include accurate, complete and exact information to accomplish the project successfully.
Sales staff members are known to often put in minimal info which can leave your production team puzzled and asking a lot of questions.
That’s why you need to double-check all the notes and information, see if there’s anything to add or any typos in the quantities or imprints.
Let’s face it; meeting the deadline is one of the toughest challenges for any busy screen printing business.
So, my advice is, schedule your production in a way that the order is ready to go at least one business day before the deadline. This will provide you with wiggle room if anything goes wrong during the production.
And do yourself a favor, don’t set fake due date as it will cause more harm than good to your schedule.
You also need to keep track of the average production time of your machinery and staff members.
It will help you to estimate how long a project will take and decide when to start the job.
Managing bulk orders in a professional manner is vital for the future of your custom apparel venture.
By doing simple things like building working relations with employees and creating a manual, you can ensure regular production of large quantity of t-shirts without stressing yourself.
If you have any further questions, please leave them in the comments section.
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