Short Course: Introduction to Supply Chain Management

by | June 8, 2020

June 25, 2020 1:00 pm

We’re getting practical this June with a 3-part short course on Introduction to Supply Chain Management.

With the world looking to Africa to take on some of its need for textile and apparel manufacturing, there’s no time like the present to sharpen your production operations and your product quality to match global standards.

Have you been struggling with putting the right process and structure in place for production or product development? Have you searched and found a bunch of helpful tips and templates online that just don’t fit your African operations and left you even more frustrated? 

Over 3 days Creative Consultant and Fashion Business Professional, Dorcas Payne will take you step by step through global best practices and standard industry procedures for production, product development and costing that’s optimised for fashion brands operating in Africa. 

You can look forward to the following in the course:

  • How to decide between producing in-house and outsourcing production
  • What to look out for in sourcing fabric and raw materials
  • The use of tech packs in product development
  • The process of sampling
  • Best practices on quality checks 
  • A practical session on costing for retail with a working template
  • A certificate of participation



Dorcas Payne, Creative Consultant & Fashion Business Professional

Dorcas is a creative consultant and brings with her over 10 years of experience in fashion, apparel, retail, buying, branding and marketing. After receiving her Masters in Strategic Fashion Marketing at the London College of Fashion, she has gone on to consult for independent brands and designers in the UK and West Africa on their business, supply chain and operations as well as how to implement branding and marketing solutions. Recent experience includes working in the buying team for an in-house brand at an established UK-based department store and subsequently managing the partnerships of a West Africa based sourcing company. These partners ranged from international retailers and brands in Europe, USA and Australia to partner factories in Benin and Ghana as well as raw material suppliers across Asia. Improving efficiency in production, business processes and systems is also a core area of her expertise. 

Dorcas has developed a unique ability to encapsulate the essence of a brand and bring to life creative ways and ideas to convey this through their products, services and branding. She also acts as a catalyst for collaboration, education and training within the creative industry to bring about the change needed for a future of sustainable consumption and production, especially across the African continent.



Day 1: Manufacturing 

– Manufacturing in/out of house

   – Pro’s and con’s

   – How to decide

   – Standard industry module globally and what works for Africa

– Out of House 

   – Sourcing a manufacturer

   – Key questions and parameters

– Fabric & Raw Material Selection & Sourcing

– Ethical & Sustainable Practises


Day 2: Product Development

– Product Development

   – Tech Packs

   – Team management

– Sampling

   – The process

   – Lead times

– Meeting International Standards  

– Quality Check & Assurance


Day 3: Costings 

– What goes into costings 

– Overheads 

– Inputs

– CMT pricing

– Manufacturing costs

– Calculating consumptions

– RRP and wholesale

– Worksheet examples and calculation



This class is perfect for:

  • Apparel, Textile and Accessories Designers
  • Fashion Entrepreneurs and Illustrators
  • Creative Startups, Entrepreneurs and Professionals
  • Creative Consultants


Alright, I’m sold…. Where do I sign up?

You can reserve your place by registering here


Here are some important details you want to take note of: 

Date: 25th – 27th June, 2020

Time: 1pm (WAT) // 2pm (CAT) // 8am (EDT)

Venue: Live on Zoom

Early Bird Registration Fee by the 18th of June, 2020*: N30,000

Late Registration Fee after the 18th of June, 2020*: N35,000

This course includes a certificate of participation

This event will be recorded

*Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

We can’t wait to have you!




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