Every product starts as a sample and getting this part right, is the start of getting everything right, getting it wrong and nightmares will surely follow. It’s really worth putting in that little extra effort to make the sample process successful, so let’s take a look the process and discuss some ideas to optimise results! Doing this well might take a little longer but will save many problems later, and just like the turtle and the hare, being slow and steady up front sets you up to win the race in the end.
There are generally two parties in the development process, the brand or designer who is the customer and who provides the design, and the developer who is the contractor or manufacturer and is responsible for turning that design into product. There is a huge amount of communications that needs to go on between these two parties and the accuracy and efficiency of this communication has a huge bearing on the final outcome. The fortunate thing is that both parties actually have the same goals here, and if both parties remain well focused to those goals, which are,
- Efficient, accurate and speedy realisation
- Producing a an item which can be manufactured and sold at an appropriate (and preferably pre-approved) price point
- Producing a sample which will have no hiccups during manufacturing
- Producing a design which satisfies all quality requirements
Then orders and sales potential will be quickly realized, for the benefit of both.