Choosing the right materials for a product is one of the most crucial decisions in designing performance gear. It is important to balance this decision from a cost perspective as well as a branding and functional perspective. Company representatives from both a manufacturer and retailer perspective should also be educated in materials to be able to articulate the benefits of one product over another. In this course, you will examine the importance of materials planning and proper sourcing, and consider questions such as:
• Which materials are hardest to source?
• How do materials impact your costs and product price points?
• What are the lead times within materials planning?
Because the A&O industry exists in a global market, the course will investigate how and why to source materials internationally, and how companies deal with importing materials. The instructors will also provide insights on successful negotiation strategies, as well as contract and compliance issues for international and domestic sourcing.