The first step in creating this efficient system was developing software that integrates our database of branded merchandise with each department in our production facility. At a high level, the necessary processes involved include:
Starting with the picking process, each blank item within our database is pre-loaded with the correct branding department (e.g. embroidery, screen printing, DTF, DTG, engraving, etc.). At the start of the process, for each department, our picking team prints off labels with QR codes for each item on order for each department:
Once the merchandise is picked, it is then sent to the respective departments, where equipment operators will scan QR code to pull up the design and print settings for any given product. Once decorated, the items are married back together using a zoning system, which assigns products within the same order to a specific zone, where they packaged. This process all takes in a few hours.