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What is a Tech Pack?
Jan 29
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What is a Tech Pack?

Photograph taken by SupplyCompass · Tamil Nadu, India

A tech pack is a document containing all the technical information about your product. It’s an essential document for designers and production teams when producing new collections, as it helps clearly communicate every detail to your manufacturer. 

Many designers, however, often overlook or rush through this document dismissing it as unimportant, leading to communication breakdowns further down the line and avoidable costly mistakes and delays. Read on to find out exactly why this pack is so important and what you need to include. To create your own tech packs for free, visit our platform and create them online in minutes.

 

What can a tech pack be used for?

1. Quotes

If you send a comprehensive tech pack along with a request for initial quote, your manufacturer will be able to cost more accurately and quickly, which means fewer surprises and more control over cash flow. 

2.  Communication

Tech packs make communication between you and your manufacturer easier and clearer, reducing misunderstandings and mistakes. They are even more important when manufacturing abroad, across time zones and cultures and are considered a universal system for enabling production.  

3.  Production manual

Usually you have a single point of contact at a factory who looks after the entirety of your order; from designing, sourcing, sampling and production. However,  during this process, your product passes through many different people and departments within the factory and they all need to be working from the same document as each other.  Revisions and details will inevitably get lost or misinterpreted if not all in the same document, so your tech pack essentially becomes an instruction manual bringing clarity, consistency and cohesion throughout the production process.

4. Contract

Your tech pack acts as a contract between you and your manufacturer and is signed off by you alongside your pre-production samples.

 

Why is a tech pack so important?

Reduces mistakes

You can ensure that the garment you have designed is made to your exact specification whilst also reducing the risk of costly mistakes. Your clothing manufacturer will be able to use all the technical drawings, measurements and details of components that you provide to accurately replicate your design. In this way, it reduces the risk that a mistake will happen during sampling and bulk production.

Improves relationships

They improve your working relationship with your manufacturer and pave the way for a strong relationship in the future. 

Controls costs

A well-thought-out tech pack helps make sure that your costings are accurate early on. Using your tech pack, your manufacturer can also break down your costs into materials, component and labour costs.  All of this information helps you work out margins and identify whether you need to make fundamental changes to your collection before you begin pattern making, sourcing and sampling.

Reduces lead times and avoids delays.

A design that comes with a detailed pack shortens sampling lead times, avoids mistakes and ultimately helps you bring your product to market quicker. It also helps the factory effectively plan the man power and resources needed, and block out production capacity well ahead of time. 

Saves time with future collections

A tech pack can be referred back to at any time. When starting the next collection, slight changes to certain elements of your product are sufficient and tech packs can easily be reused.

What does a good tech pack look like?

A tech pack should be concise but comprehensive. At SupplyCompass, we’ve created our digital tech packs with both brands and manufacturers in mind. They are designed to include everything a manufacturer needs, making it easier and quicker for designers and production teams to create and modify.

 

What’s inside a SupplyCompass tech pack?

Technical drawings

Flats showing a front and back view and close-ups of any design details.

Quantities & sizing

A table indicating the quantities you are looking for and the size split.

Materials

Include information on each key raw material that makes up your product. Indicate the name, colour, composition, weight, finish, and a nominated supplier if you have one.

Components

Include information on each component that makes up your product – attachments, prints, labels, trims, fastenings and embellishments. Indicate the name, colour, composition, weight, finish, and a nominated supplier if you have one.

Dimensions 

Upload annotated technical drawings and fill in the table with all product dimensions and the size and placement of each component. In SupplyCompass tech packs, if you don’t have patterns or grading, you can indicate that you want your manufacturer to create patterns & grade for you.

Order details 

Indicate desired delivery date, bulk production delivery address and details on how you want your products packaged and packed.

Margo Camus
by Margo Camus
Head of Marketing at SupplyCompass
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Margo heads up the marketing, content and design discipline at SupplyCompass. Her experience spans across startup, agency, and client-side environments globally across Australia, Europe and Asia, working with leading brands including B Corp and Ogilvy. Her interests lie in innovation, design, and anything to do with The Nordics. Margo holds a Business Degree and MBA, and an Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate from MIT.

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