Time & Action Calendar | Importance | Influencing Factors

Normally merchandisers prepare a plan of the order in a spreadsheet by listing down the key processes in first column and planned date of action for each process in the next column. This planning sheet is popularly known as time and action calendar (T&A). Once T&A calendar is made, then it can be easy for merchandiser list down their daily ‘to do list’ and following them one by one. 

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Importance of T&A 
๐Ÿ‘‰It helps to streamline the pre-production activities. 
๐Ÿ‘‰Easy understanding of order processing. 
๐Ÿ‘‰Clear understanding of timelines given by buyer. 
๐Ÿ‘‰It gives the clear idea about the minor or sub activities that need to perform during order processing at different level. 
๐Ÿ‘‰T&A gives the idea about the status of running order and talks about delay or deviation, if any 
๐Ÿ‘‰T&A gives the dates at which raw material need to be sourced, in a way it helps to optimise the inventory. 
๐Ÿ‘‰T&A also reduces the risk of delivery delay. 

Factors to be considered while preparing T&A 
โœŒProduction capacity of plant 
โœŒStyle type of merchandise 
โœŒFestivals of manufacturing country 
โœŒHolidays 
โœŒShipment details 
โœŒFestivals of country from where raw material is imported 
โœŒLogistics facilities 
โœŒLead time estimated by buyer 
โœŒStyle complications 
โœŒFabric and trims manufacturing complications 
โœŒBuffer required from each department 
โœŒPolitical stability of the country 
โœŒFlexibility of freight forwarder 
โœŒResponse time from buyer at different stages 
โœŒLead times of various activities like L/C payment, custom clearance, etc 
โœŒCut off dates for shipments.
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