The main purposes of the sampling process in garment industry are given below:
- To allow the buyer to judge the production capabilities of the manufacturer.
- To provide a means for making revisions in the bulk production process.
- To let the manufacturer estimate the thread and fabric consumption, and develop cost quotations.
- To let the buyer know the potential of an exporter.
Since the buyer generally places the order after getting satisfied with the quality of the samples, this process is considered to be a vital one. The sampling process is generally performed in the apparel industry by a separate department with skilled labors since the process decides the order acceptance factor. The merchandiser is the person who coordinates with buyer and sampling department. Hence, all his communications need to be understood clearly in the sample development process