Incorporatewear’s operations director Brian Lamb has returned from a trip to Portugal with another client who has opted for European sourcing for corporate clothing.
Brian took a delegation from a UK building society to visit manufacturing facilities, highlighting the benefits from European sourcing that, for many customers, outweigh the relatively higher price.
Incorporatewear now clothes 38,000 wearers in banks, building societies and airlines with corporate wardrobes sourced from Europe.
Brian comments: “It does cost more to manufacture in Europe compared with the Far East, and cost is always an important factor, but European sourcing provides speed of supply and levels of flexibility that are highly valued by many clients.”
“When ordering from Europe, we are looking at lead times of a few weeks rather than several months. Minimum order quantities are significantly lower too.”
Dual sourcing between The Far East and Europe provides the UK’s premier corporatewear supplier with confidence, should disaster strike in one area they can rapidly switch production to another factory outside the affected area.“If the alternative supplier is the next-door factory, there may still be a problem so having an alternative supplier in Europe is a prudent option,” Brian explains.
Incorporatewear continues to develop close partnerships with agents and manufacturers in Europe where it produces corporate clothing for key clients.