There is a proverb that “time and tide never wait for none.” Time is the most crucial element in any production unit. Time is considered as money in the garment industry. Time and action calendar or critical path is a sum of plan schedules to execute a bulk order in garments industry.
Necessity of TNA in Apparel Industry:
- It helps to make a fruitful production plan for an apparel production unit.
- It is essential for on-time shipment of an export order
- It improves production efficiency to keep time schedule.
- It helps proper execution process of export orders.
- It is useful to know the advance status of order processing at a different level in the apparel industry.
- It helps a smart merchandiser to carry out the critical task correctly of an industry.
- It enhances the factory inventory management.
- It gives a clear plan for the Export order.
- It is an essential tool for a smooth shipment order.
- It provides an idea about the position of the running order.
- It helps to optimize the factory inventory.
- It enhances productivity as a result, also improve company profits.
- It is a perfect tool for a merchandiser to chase forecasting plan easily
Time and Action Plan (TNA):
All of we know that buyer always mentioned a particular delivery date while issue an order sheet. To chase that delivery date smoothly a merchandiser should make Critical path or TNA chart. This method helps to make sure an order delivery within lead time. Time and Action Plan is a most common tool for merchandiser to execute a bulk order in garment industry. It is well known in garment industry as critical path or TNA chart. A merchandiser can easily know and evaluate the present situation of a bulk order by maintaining a TNA chart.
A merchandiser has to do lots of work such as order analysis, costing, fabric and accessories booking, sampling, finishing etc. To execute these bunches of works, need a forecast plan. Actually, Time and action (TNA) or critical path is a sum of plan schedules. This Plan scheduled is expressed with a sheet format which is well known as time and action calendar. This chart will aware merchandiser to do preventive action if any problem arise. Then merchandiser can consult with their superior to overcome that odd situation.
Sample of Critical Path or TNA:
TNA or Critical path sheet has two main Columns to express reality. Need one column for action or activities, and another column are for duration or plane dates. Garment merchandiser has to follow the TNA chart frequently because it helps them to track daily, weekly tasks correctly. Let us discuss a time and action plan or critical path calendar to realize how it works in time. Please find the following TNA chart with the to-do list to make you understand this topic clearly.
|Time and Action Calendar|
|Stage||Action / Activities||Planned date / Duration / Days||Reduction of Time|
|1||Confirmation of Order||1-Oct||-119|
|3||Release Fabric PO||7-Oct||-113|
|4||Release Accessories PO||7-Oct||-113|
|5||Bulk fabric Quality approval||7-Oct||-113|
|6||Lap dip app.||10-Oct||-110|
|9||Booking of fabric||20-Oct||-100|
|10||Bulk fabric (FML)||25-Nov||-65|
|11||Fabric in house||5-Dec||-55|
|12||Bulk fabric approval (for shade)||6-Dec||-54|
|13||Send accessories for test||10-Dec||-50|
|14||Accessories in house||12-Dec||-48|
|15||PP meeting with Production people||15-Dec||-45|
|18||Gold seal sample for app.||5-Jan||-25|
|19||Lab test sample send||10-Jan||-20|
|20||Lab test result send||15-Jan||-15|
If arise any leakage or gap in the TNA chart, merchandiser has to face significant travel, and factory has to pay massive damage to such incident. All attempts will become in vain in that situation. After above discussion, we can realize that TNA chart is playing an essential role in the apparel industry. Garment merchandiser should prepare TNA chart smartly to erase unwanted hassles. If a merchandiser should maintain TNA chart correctly, then it will be very easy to chase the goods ex-factory on time. Company’s reputation will enhance the buyer by continuing the TNA chart to make on-time shipment continuously.