When a product is ripe for production,
packaging and distribution, having a single supplier relationship
will beat a multitude of suppliers each and every time.
Label Systems we recognise the benefits in having a single
supplier and single relationship base. This is one of the many
reasons we are the single supplier of choice for many designers,
manufacturers and other garment producers.
One client who benefits from
our collaborative/partnership based approach to business is
Ripe Maternity. One of the best ways we have found to
communicate what we do and how well we do it, is to shine a light
on the businesses we work and collaborate with.
Ripe and ready to go
Ripe is an Australian owned fashion brand designing
contemporary maternity wear and was established in 1996 by friends
Kate Beaconsfield and Lisa Balakas.
Their individual strengths synchronised perfectly at the
right place and the right time to launch their label 'Ripe'.
Through innovation and passion this thriving and successful
brand has evolved pushing to new heights of success,
collecting awards and loyal customers along the
One of the ways we support Ripe is in our supplier capacity,
ensuring consistency across the range and supporting distribution
channels throughout the globe - directly into boutiques across the
United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and New
When we talk of the 'single
supplier relationship' and the benefits derived from it, there are
five major points we believe contribute significantly and relegate
multiple suppliers to a thing of the past.
I prefer to reduce supplier
numbers to a level that provide Ripe with a manageable, cost
effective network that will adequately supply the width and breadth
of goods and services we require. It is important for
me and our company culture that we build strong relationships with
partners that are a good match for us. We endeavor to work with
companies that are compatible with the unique nuances of our
business - Lisa Balakas
The question becomes - why
have multiple relationships when you can have one?
Here are the top five reasons
1. Responsibilities are not
We offer all our clients a single point of contact for all
transactions and enquiries. Within our company this person becomes
our client's designated Account Merchandiser and in the event of a
mistake or an unexpected change, it is easy for the client to reach
that person directly and have the issue resolved quickly.
Additionally, as one person oversees all aspects of supply
management, it is easier to spot inconsistencies, ensure accuracy,
and pin point any potential design related issues, should they
2. Bulk buying results in
A company that handles all your supply needs can generally
offer lower prices or rebates. This also has the added advantage of
building a long-term relationship with one supplier which can mean
access to special promotions or discounts and a first glimpse at
the new products or technologies hitting the market.
3. Centralized ordering
streamlines the management process
Rather than contacting a myriad of separate vendors for labels,
tags, bags and promotional needs, a business can procure all these
services from one vendor like Image Label
Systems. This step cuts out unnecessary time spent on the
bidding process every time a new product is needed. It also
simplifies supply ordering, so employees need to make only one
quick phone call with their order.
We reviewed our sourcing
and moved it all to Image Label Systems 3 years ago. The company is
a great match for us. Bruce Hadley and the team are a delight to
work with. The process of supply and development is streamlined and
straightforward. Image label Systems provide us consistent, high
quality representation of our brand through woven garment labels,
swing tags, product information tags and other branded trims -
In our relationship with Ripe,
centralised ordering is essential. Our relationship is built on a
collaborative base, whereby we need and are privy to forecasts that
assist us in catering to fluctuating demands and meeting tight
turnarounds. It is not uncommon to receive an order for delivery in
3-4 days so things like shared forecasts help to build efficiency
for our clients with reduced procurement costs.
4. Single-source supply
management allows savings beyond bulk discounts
A good example of single-source supply is the benefit of
multiple products being shipped together saving on freight costs.
In addition, the often ignored cost of time spent on ordering
processes is drastically reduced and employees can turn their
attention to other revenue generating tasks.
5. Customer service
Because of the close
relationship with the client and the account merchandiser we get to
know your business intimately. This familiarity allows for a
developing relationship that leads to anticipating needs, tailoring
programs for individual clients and tracking orders from start to
finish. Building rapport with a single vendor encourages the
formation of a truly functional working relationship.
To find out information on how a single supplier relationship
can work for you contact
Image Label Systems.
We have found with our years of experience, geographic
diversity and skilled staff, having a single port of call, as
opposed to multiples, will work wonders for the efficiency in your
garment production process.