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.
Importance of T&A
👉It helps to streamline the pre-production activities.
👉Easy understanding of order processing.
👉Clear understanding of timelines given by buyer.
👉It gives the clear idea about the minor or sub activities that need to perform during order processing at different level.
👉T&A gives the idea about the status of running order and talks about delay or deviation, if any
👉T&A gives the dates at which raw material need to be sourced, in a way it helps to optimise the inventory.
Factors to be considered while preparing T&A
✌Production capacity of plant
✌Style type of merchandise
✌Festivals of manufacturing country
✌Festivals of country from where raw material is imported
✌Lead time estimated by buyer
✌Fabric and trims manufacturing complications
✌Buffer required from each department
✌Political stability of the country
✌Flexibility of freight forwarder
✌Response time from buyer at different stages
✌Lead times of various activities like L/C payment, custom clearance, etc
✌Cut off dates for shipments.