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Go Green With Darn It!

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Did you know that the average American throws away about 80 pounds of used clothing per person per year, and that 95% of the clothing that gets thrown away could be recycled or upcycled?

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Who Likes Black Licorice??

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What happens when you go to a party and see that enticing bowl of licorice or that colorful bowl of jellybeans?  Do you dig your hand in and play the lottery not caring what color or flavor you get?  Or do you touch every piece and sort through them all to put back the black licorice flavor pieces? 

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My Dress Smells Like BBQ!!

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A new dress worn at a BBQ or a BBQ restaurant can certainly smell like its surroundings after you spend a bit of time in that environment.  What happens if you pull the dress off the store shelf or off the shelf in the warehouse and the dress smells like BBQ before it actually went to a BBQ??  I don’t think you would buy it.  It would be a total turn off.

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My Pants Are Too Tight!!

My Pants Are Too Tight!!

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It’s 9am and the phones in the customer service department are ringing off the hook. “The pants I ordered are too tight. I’ve ordered these before, it doesn’t make sense”. 20 calls later, it’s only 10am. The customer service department calls the buyers of the pants and tells her about all the calls they have been receiving. Something is wrong with this shipment of pants. “Stop the sale of the pants” are the next words out of the buyer’s mouth. The retailer pulls the pants from the website.

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Small Business Warehousing Made Easy!!

Small Business Warehousing Made Easy!!

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Are you managing your own small business warehouse?  Is your business seasonal?  Are there peaks and valleys to your receiving and picking?  Are you tired of the fluctuations in labor and having a difficult time making the process work?  These are many of the questions that The Darn It Distribution team asks potential new apparel warehouse customers.

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New Year…New Quality Problems – HOLES!

New Year…New Quality Problems – HOLES!

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One US retailer received a large shipment of 14,000 crew neck sweatshirts this past fall and found small holes when performing their initial audit. They were uncomfortable placing these on the shelves at the time, so they called the Darn It Apparel Repair Team to help.

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Label magic – Bada Boom!

Label Magic – Bada Boom!

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What happens if you want to expand your brand outside of the country?  Specifically, Italy.  Piece of cake (tiramisu), right?  Just box up the goods and ship them over and they can sell in any retail store.  Well, not the case.  This is what a women’s retail customer of ours found out when they wanted to expand their brand into Italy. 

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Don’t Put Mold on Your Head!

Don’t Put Mold on Your Head!

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Our customer called us in a panic as they didn’t know what to do with 60,000 moldy hats. These hats had two or three white mold spots on them and, as you would imagine, they didn’t want to put these on the shelves or in bags to ship to their website customers if this was present.

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Leave Your Shirt Buttoned!

Leave Your Shirt Buttoned!

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Hulk Hogan rips his shirt off when he gets into the wrestling ring…Superman’s shirt rips when changing from Clark Kent…The Incredible Hulk’s Clothing rips off when he turns into the green giant!  These episodes of undressing are done on purpose.  What if you are out at a fancy restaurant on a date and stretch to get something on the other side of the table and your shirt pops open because the buttons on the shirt you are wearing are not properly secured?

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Blue Dye In The Pool???

Blue Dye In The Pool???

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What if your kid was wearing a blue swim shirt that had dye on it that didn’t set properly on the shirt and when she would jump into the pool, the dye from the shirt would come off into the water around her. No Joke! One of our customers called us in March to ask Darn It’s Apparel Repair team if there was something we could do with 3,000 kids swim shirts that had this problem.

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Hold On To Your Hats!!

Hold On To Your Hats!!

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We received a panic call this spring from a new customer who had 450 straw hats with rusted out grommets which hold the chin strap in place. In this case, the grommet would break apart from the straw and so would the chin strap.

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When Silica Packets Cause Havoc!

When Silica Packets Cause Havoc!

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Many apparel and shoe manufacturers use silica packets at the factory level and place small packets in poly bags or large packets in boxes. These packets are a desiccant to keep moisture from damaging your items. They assist to absorb the moisture and keep everything dry.

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Don’t Tie Your Sneakers with Dirty Laces!

Don’t Tie Your Sneakers with Dirty Laces!

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We all know that there are some very expensive new sneakers in the stores today that look like they have been used and abused for years and have price tickets north of $500 a pair. These are very stylish brands that have really taken the market by storm.

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Darn It! is Made to Measure!

Darn It! is Made to Measure!

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No, we aren’t talking about custom suiting from your local tailor or men’s shop.  We are talking about a major mistake that can occur in the apparel factory.  Maybe the wrong size labels were given to the stitchers and sewn in the wrong garments.  Maybe the garment when it was pre-washed shrunk too much and the fit doesn’t seem right.  Lastly, maybe the specifications were not right to begin with and the garment is too loose.

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Cold Snap Equals Wet Pants!

Cold Snap Equals Wet Pants!

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What happens when a sprinkler pipe bursts in your main warehouse right above your new stock that just arrived a few days ago.  You just unloaded the trucks onto new pallets and were preparing to put the stock away.  When you arrived the next morning, all you could see were soaking wet cartons.

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Sort This Mess!!

Sort This Mess!!

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During the pandemic, many retailers overbought many different items when the world did not know what was coming next.  Some of these retailers have quite a bit of extra goods on their floors or in their warehouses and are not sure what to do with all of it knowing that that they need to clear space for the fall and winter goods.

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Don’t Let the Kids Eat Lead Paint!

Don’t Let the Kids Eat Lead Paint!

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If you are manufacturing overseas, you are most likely relying on your sourcing agents or the actual manufacturer to source all of the items needed to complete your garments.  In some cases, these sourced trims may get you in trouble. 

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Cuffs Too Big?

Cuffs Too Big?

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It’s always nice having a perfect fitting blouse for when you are headed to work or a night on the town. You put it on. The fabric feels great. The color and pattern look great, but something is wrong. The cuff is 3 times the size it should be and looks silly on you. What’s next?? You take the shirt off and head back to the store a few days later to return it.

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Plaids Don’t Match

Plaids Don’t Match???

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Have you ever put on a new comfy plaid shirt to go out for the night and when checking yourself out in the mirror, you realize something is wrong?  No, it’s not your hair or your shoes.  You notice that the plaids aren’t matching up at the center of the shirt where it gets buttoned up.

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Put It Under Our Roof!

Put It Under Our Roof!

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Many of you know that Darn It started its business in refurbishing, rework and repair, but did you know, that under the same roof, we also have a full-service fulfillment and distribution business? 

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Returns Policy

Returns Processing

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Many of you know the statistic that in most cases, 20% of apparel purchased online will be returned by the consumer back to the retailer. We have also heard that some companies have close to a 30% returns rate. That’s a lot of returns!

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Are Your Pants Dragging On The Ground?

Are Your Pants Dragging On The Ground?

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Have you ever purchased a pair of pants that was labeled 30 inches in length, and they were actually 33 inches? Years ago, you may have driven to your local tailor shop and had them shortened your pants in a few days and you would be all set. Today, with the instant gratification of online stores and easy returns, you can quickly send the wrong size back the same day and get new ones a few days later.

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Don’t Slide Into Fall Without a Good Partner!

Don’t Slide Into Fall Without a Good Partner!

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The apparel world has seen many ups and downs over the last 18 months.  There have been major shutdowns home and abroad.  There have also been many supply chain challenges that have affected almost everyone and will continue to do so into the next few quarters. 

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PRESS IT...Darn It!!

PRESS IT…Darn It!!

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Many of you get really frustrated when a quality or packaging issue pops up and you can’t get your product to market as quickly as you would have liked. Instead of hitting your desk with your fist or throwing something across the room, hit the Darn It! Button instead!!

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How Do You Know If Your Pants Are Wet

How Do You Know If Your Pants Are Wet?

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Many of our customers have called us over the last few weeks with concerns about strong odors coming from shipments upon receipt in their distribution centers.  Some of the concerns stem from the dyeing and finishing process in the factories.  Other issues may have been caused by units being packed damp after pressing, packed in an extremely humid factory, or the shipment may have become wet in transit. 

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Sort and Pre-Pack and Ship, Oh My!!

Sort and Pre-Pack and Ship, Oh My!!

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It can be a very daunting task.  It can be very labor intensive.  It can also take up lots and lots of space.  These issues seem to be many that come about when you are in the Off-Price arena. 

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Soaked from the Suez Canal

Soaked from the Suez Canal

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As a service provider to many apparel retailers and wholesalers, we did not know how or if the Suez Canal disaster would affect us and in what way.

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Labor And Space Headaches?

Labor And Space Headaches?

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As we all are attempting to get back to normal, many of our customers are finding it exceedingly difficult to get their entire staff back into their respective warehouses.  Of course, there are many reasons why people may not be coming back so fast.  They may still be uncomfortable with the work environment during Covid.  They may be home collecting unemployment. 

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Out Damn Spot!!

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We know that everyone gets upset when we are sitting at the dinner table and a drop of mustard lands on our shirt or when someone bumps into you while you are holding a glass of red wine and it get all over your sleeve.  What do you do first?  Find a stain spray or stain stick and hope that the stain comes out?  Exactly!   Then throw it in the wash and pray!

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