Home Press release Premier Argentinian apparel manufacturer, RA Intertrading, adopts Coats Digital’s GSDCost to meet growing demand – by improving labour efficiencies in response to regional labour shortage

Premier Argentinian apparel manufacturer, RA Intertrading, adopts Coats Digital’s GSDCost to meet growing demand – by improving labour efficiencies in response to regional labour shortage

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GSDCost will enable RA Intertrading to create an accurate method standard for production to optimise workforce processes, drive increased efficiency & productivity and meet increased volume demands

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA and LONDON, UK  – May 11, 2022 – Coats Digital is delighted to announce that RA Intertrading SA, the largest apparel manufacturer in Argentina, has implemented Coats Digital’s GSDCost solution to digitally transform its costing and capacity forecasting and enable it to optimise working processes so that the company can grow effectively to meet increasing global demand.

Founded in 1992, RA Intertrading has the largest apparel factory in Argentina and specialises in officially- licensed football replicas, jackets, hoodies, polos, shorts and swimwear. The company provides a full-service manufacturing offering to some of the world’s most-recognised brands, including: Nike, Adidas, Puma, Kappa, Umbro, Fila and Converse. By incorporating most of the manufacturing processes in-house, RA Intertrading, has been able to consistently meet the highest international standards for quality, security, fair wages and environmental compliance. The company employs just over 800 staff and boasts 41 sewing lines and 450 machines.

Using complex time measurements based on historical time studies found in a myriad of Excel spreadsheets, RA Intertrading needed a standardised solution that would accurately record SMVs through effective, standard motion digitised codes to optimise its workforce management and costing processes. RA Intertrading required a tool to significantly enhance manufacturing efficiencies to effectively meet growing order demands, without having to take on additional staff – since this had proved exceptionally difficult due to a serious labour shortage in the area.

Daniela Rabinovich, CEO, RA Intertrading said: “We needed to grow our business quickly due to increasing order demands. As a result of being headquartered in an area with limited labour supply, however, the only way to drive growth effectively was to improve our labour efficiencies significantly through technology adoption. Having accurate standard-minute-values based on scientifically researched data, will enable us to precisely assess labour capacity forecasts, so that we can improve our efficiencies and put the right staff in the right place at the right time.”

Coats Digital’s GSDCost method analysis and pre-determined times solution is widely acknowledged as the de-facto international standard across the sewn products industry. The solution supports a more collaborative, transparent and sustainable approach, in which brands and manufacturers establish and optimise ‘International Standard Time Benchmarks’ using standard motion codes and predetermined times. This use of a common language and standards supports accurate cost prediction, fact-based negotiation, and a more efficient garment manufacturing process, while concurrently delivering on CSR commitments.

“Coats Digital’s GSDCost was highly recommended by several of our customers who are already realising huge benefits as a result of adopting the solution.  GSDCost will replace the inaccurate historical data we have been using, with a precise SMV value for each operation, which will greatly help us to realistically price products to incorporate a fair wage for our staff and achieve increased efficiencies across all departments,” added Rabinovich.

GSDCost’s enhanced feature of a globalised fair wage tool, combines the international standard time for any given style, with detailed factory efficiencies, contracted hours and the fair living wage for the country. This added tool enables brands and manufacturers to quickly agree the fair living wage allowance for any given garment, in any factory in the world.

Oscar Gonzales, Agent, Coats Digital commented: “RA Intertading is an important 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 season turnarounds, more complex style varieties and greater corporate accountability regarding fair living wages and sustainable methods of production, and we look forward to ensuring RA Intertrading meets these expectations whilst enjoying long-term profitability at the same time.”

About  RA Intertrading SA

Founded in 1992, RA Intertrading has the largest apparel factory in Argentina and specialises in football replicas, jackets, hoodies, polos, shorts and swimwear. The company provides a full-service manufacturing offering to some of the world’s most-recognised brands, including: Nike, Adidas, Puma, Kappa, Umbro, Fila and Converse. By incorporating most of the manufacturing processes in-house, RA Intertrading, has been able to consistently meet the highest international standards for quality, security, fair wages and environmental compliance. The company employs just over 800 staff and boasts 41 sewing lines and 450 machines.

About Coats Digital

Coats Digital is the leading digital transformation partner for the fashion supply chain, powering sustainable processes and high value insights through connected technologies. We leverage deep industry and technology expertise to help brands and manufacturers optimise, connect and accelerate business critical processes from design and development to method-time-cost optimisation, production planning and control, fabric optimisation and shop floor execution. Used in over 3,000 factories globally, our unmatched end-to-end apparel, footwear and textile software and SaaS solutions improve agility, speed to market, efficiency, transparency and sustainability. Coats Digital – transform with intelligencecoatsdigital.com

Coats Digital is the software business of Coats Group, the world’s leading industrial thread company and a trusted industry player.

About GSDCost

GSDCost is the international standard for establishing and optimising accurate method-time-cost benchmarks for sustainable garment cost optimisation and manufacturing excellence.

GSDCost supports a more collaborative, transparent and sustainable supply chain, in which brands and manufacturers establish and optimise ‘International Standard Time Benchmarks’ using standard motion codes and predetermined times. This use of a common language and standards supports accurate cost prediction, fact-based negotiation, and a more efficient garment manufacturing process, while concurrently delivering on CSR commitments.

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