November '13

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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STITCH SOLUTIONS |||| by JENNIFER COX Hidden Costs that Really Add Up I 've been on a bit of a tear in my office here at NNEP, cleaning up some of the "stuff" that tends Jennifer Cox is a co-founder of the National Network of Embroidery Professionals to accumulate throughout the year. I'm talking (NNEP), a professional organization for business owners to share best practices, about those piles—you know, the ones that you know ideas, sources, solutions, volume buying benefits and services. Cox is recognized you need to get to, but rarely, if ever, have the time as one of the industry's "Most Creative Thinkers" and repeatedly ranks in the top for. In my purging, I came across information that I 40 on the industry's "Power List." NNEP is 15 years strong, and supports nearly indeed needed (a while ago). They were valuable of1,000 independent embroiderers and apparel decorators as they grow their dream fers that I did not take advantage of so that I ended businesses. Reach her at, or go to up spending more than I should have on something I fully intended to purchase. This experience got me to thinking about waste as a business owner. What am I losing True cost of error because of "waste?" There are many things to waste (or not waste) as a business owner, While talking with Jane Cibulskas and including your time, your resources, your mental capacity, your products, your output caGino Ventresca of National Embroidery & pacity, and your money. In connecting with other business owners in this industry, I found Transfer Services Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio, that waste is indeed a topic of concern. I discovered that waste, in all its forms, comes at a they agreed that managing waste is a critivery high price on the bottom line of the business. cal factor in maintaining their profitability. 62 | Printwear PW_NOV13.indd 62 November 2013 10/16/13 10:28 AM

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