Information and communication technology (ICT) has brought
a remarkable revolution in every stage of life. Using ICT application in
readymade garments have not only observed remarkable changes in their daily
operations and services but also utilized their resources properly. Readymade garments in developed countries
computerized their operations two decades ago. However, the pace of ICT
applications in readymade garments in developing countries has not been a
satisfactory level.

European
Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX) annual general assembly well
described the competitive characteristic of the European garment industry and
the expectation for ICT technology applications into the garment supply chain.
The garment industry has been subject to different reconfiguration processes to
cope with the changing political, economic, environmental and competitive
factors. Previous economic trends have been added recently by the newer
globalization trends which affect intensively the garment supply chain
modifying its configuration the industry competitive pressure. In these
globally networked organizations, a firm’s competitive advantage lies not so
much in being “the best”, but in its ability to co-create with others and to
orchestrate this process of co-creation in the most efficient, effective and
sustainable way

ICT technologies and
applications help to identify products as a single items, of item working  resources such as cut, sewing machines, of
logistic entities such as transport units, boxes, cartons by attaching
different information for example status values, quality control information,
progress messages and to the single items in an inter-firm way. This
information has to be readable from different players in the value chain. To
identify goods along the value chain, the RFID technology has been selected,
being a contact-less and reliable identification technology

Today the most updated
ICT technologies can be applied to the design and evaluation of garment new
collection in terms of virtual, instead of physical prototypes in a collaborative
manner. Design and prototyping are critical activities in order to meet
consumers demand, to reduce wastes and to address sustainability issues.  The key innovative concepts are based on ICT
technical developments offering a comprehensive methodology for garment design
performed directly in 3D, replacing virtual prototypes instead of physical
prototypes, contributing to reduce the time consuming tasks of design and
prototyping. Recent CAD processes allow representing typical body shapes
integrating representative female and male morph types derived from hierarchical
statistical clustering of Anthropometric Survey data or based on specific
customer sample data acquired through three-dimensional (3D) body scanners.

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