Knit On Demand: Simulation of an agile production and shop model for fashion products
2007 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
In fashion business customer demand is changing due to fashion trends and new designs.
Time from customer demand to customer demand fulfillment is essential for company’s
ability to compete in the fashion retailing business. During the last 20 years there has been a
dramatic technical development in the production of flat knitted garments. This has made it
possible to rationalize design and production in a way that it’s possible to make a knitted
garment ready made directly in the knitting machine, with a minimum of after coming
processes. Objective of this paper is to present a design, production and shop model for the
“Knit on Demand” concept and show of how this new production technology could be
implemented in a fast fashion logistics system. A business model with the knitting machines
and production equipment located in the store is presented. The customer takes part in the
design process and garments are customized to fulfill actual demand. Aim is to present a lead
time simulation of design- and production processes involved in the shop concept. Result is a
model with starting point in customer demand and final point in demand fulfillment.
Simulation shows that the customer could have an own designed garment in 2-5 hours.
Simulation of the developed shop model is done in the software tool AutoMod. Methodology
for this paper is based on a research project of the Knit on demand concept idea at the
University College of Borås, literature research and discussions with suppliers of knitting
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
knit on demand, fashion products, shop model
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5801Local ID: 2320/3044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-5801DiVA: diva2:886482
ITMC 2007, Casablanca, Marocco