Month: November 2017

FABRIC TYPES – Fabrics from NATURAL FIBERS – first of three articles on fabric types

FABRIC TYPES – Fabrics from NATURAL FIBERS – first of three articles on fabric types   (Second MAN-MADE fabric – third FABRICS FOR SPECIAL USES) Letha Oelz   Fabrics are manufactured from various raw-materials which are available from nature or artificially generated or mix of both. Fabrics can be classified based on the origin of […]

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ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF COTTON CLOTHES

ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF COTTON CLOTHES Letha Oelz Your closets and drawers are filled with clothing made of cotton, the most commonly used fiber in the United States. Some of your favorite T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, blouses and undergarments originated from the humble cotton plant because of its many advantages. Nothing is perfect, though, and cotton […]

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HOW TO ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS FOR YOUR ONLINE STORE

HOW TO ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS FOR YOUR ONLINE STORE Letha Oelz Making the decision to sell internationally can be a thrill – but for first-timers, figuring out how to process international payments can be daunting, to say the least. The good news is that there are lots of options for e-commerce sellers, and many tools […]

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HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE (HTS) CODES FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE (HTS) CODES FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING Letha Oelz The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) is a numeric language used by close to 200 countries to report goods to customs and other government agencies. Here’s a quick look at how Harmonized Codes help you categorize your products and avoid potential pitfalls with […]

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PACKING TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS (packing and loading basics & tips)

PACKING TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS (packing and loading basics & tips) Letha Oelz Packing Tips When shipping internationally, your packages require a little more care than if they were being shipped domestically, within the U.S. Remember, your package will be handled not only by your U.S. carrier, but also by your host country’s carrier, and […]

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ECOMMERCE – SHIPPING INTERNATIONALLY AND UNDERSTANDING DUTIES AND TAXES

ECOMMERCE – SHIPPING INTERNATIONALLY AND UNDERSTANDING DUTIES AND TAXES Letha Oelz Cross-border online sales may account for a significant portion of total ecommerce orders in just the next few years, according to some reports. But for many small online retailers the task of actually shipping a package internationally and understanding all of the associated rules, regulations, […]

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INVESTING IN AFRICA’S FASHION AND GARMENT INDUSTRY

INVESTING IN AFRICA’S FASHION AND GARMENT INDUSTRY Letha Oelz Africa’s economy has continued growing rapidly riding on the back of success recorded in some sectors and resurgence of others like manufacturing, which has now beamed light on the importance of the continent’s fashion industry and the immense opportunities inherent therein. In recent times, the global […]

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E-COMMERCE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

E-COMMERCE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA Letha Oelz Africa’s role as both a consumer and producer of fashion is on the rise, with e-commerce giving Africans the opportunity to purchase from retailers that have no physical presence on the continent and allowing small fashion houses to showcase their collections to a global audience. African shopping websites like […]

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GARMENT MATERIAL (Style of a garment affects the material)

GARMENT MATERIAL (Style of a garment affects the material) Letha Oelz It is important to consider the style and use of the garment when choosing the fabric. Your personal sewing skills should also be taken into account. The style of a garment affects the material, and the material is a significant part of the look […]

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PRIMARY PRODUCTION METHODS: (Textile manufacturing and Textile industry)

PRIMARY PRODUCTION METHODS: (Textile manufacturing and Textile industry) Letha Oelz Weaving is a textile production method which involves interlacing a set of longer threads (called the warp) with a set of crossing threads (called the weft). This is done on a frame or machine known as a loom, of which there are a number of […]

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