Usually, designers & production teams members prepare a plan of the order in an excel spreadsheet by listing down the styles names in the first column, and various sampling stages and their deadlines in the following columns. This planning sheet is popularly known as time and action calendar (TNA). See scary image below:
While throughout the entire development process, the whole team (including design, merchandise, sales & production) will actually prepare even more plans, sheets or lists to stay organize. Some of these include: development wishlist, styles sampled per factory, pre-production line sheets, final line sheets, ...and the list goes on. So what did we do? We created a great organizing feature for the whole team to follow. On Techpacker you'll have the luxury to organize techpacks in their appropriate stages (e.g. Sampling, Pre-production, Bulk, ...it's up to you to decide!). You can then visually see, update, monitor, and share any lists/ charts.
How does it work?
Follow our step-by-step guide to see how easy and helpful stages can be.
Step 1: Create stages
In your techpack dashboard, click on the "+" sign (see below) to add a new stage title and color association. Some stage examples/ideas: Proto, Sample, Pre-Production, Special Customer, Production, Bulk, Factory Name, etc.
Step 2: Assign a techpack to a stage
There are two options for assigning a techpack to a stage.
- Opt 1. From techpack settings: Click to create a new techpack to enter techpack settings. Or open an existing techpack and click on the techpack settings button (or gear icon from the top menu bar). Then near the bottom of the page, you'll see a drop-down menu below STAGE with the names you created from step 1. Here you can assign the appropriate stage. Lastly, click next step to continue.
- Opt 2. From techpack dashboard: As you hover over a techpack and the option to "Add a stage" will appear. Click to view a drop-down menu with the names you created from step 1 to assign.
Filter your techpacks
Click on any stage-tab to view only the techpacks associated. Note image below with only "sampling" techpacks highlighted in green.