Egyptian Ready-Made Garment (RMG) manufacturers face stiff economic competition from countries such as Jordan, the Philippines, and China. In today -s highly dynamic, global apparel industry, retailers are demanding products faster and at lower prices. In their search to improve quality and lower prices, Egyptian RMG manufacturers joined together to study the acquisition of Management Information Systems (MIS) technology. Modern MIS software controls costs through accurate materials allocation and precise labor rates. Also, by providing management visibility into the status of all orders, such systems generally provide better control over the entire manufacturing process, and allow faster response to the inevitable scheduling changes. Finally, modern systems provide the basis for future on-line collaborations, both within the organization and throughout the supply chain. Retailers are demanding capabilities such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Universal Product Codes (UPC), and forcing manufacturers to implement Just in Time (JIT) practices and Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM). As a result, Egyptian RMG manufacturers believed that investing in MIS would enhance their business performance. This paper tracks the early stages of this bold technology transfer initiative. The potential return on investment was immediately confirmed. Egyptian RMG Manufacturers had the necessary management commitment, as well as both the staff and computer capabilities to successfully introduce MIS. However, the implementation details quickly bogged down the process. This paper discusses the lessons learned, and suggests some remedies for the future. The authors surveyed Egyptian RMG manufacturers, and compiled an assessment of their MIS requirements and capabilities. A survey of the best-of-breed U.S. and European MIS software was then conducted. Issues arose on both sides. However, for the technology transfer to be successful and cost-effective, both the software vendors and t
By: Mohammed Abou-iiana, Ph. D.
Philadelphia University, School of Textiles and Materials Technology, P
Submit Date: 6/7/2010 18:00