Whether you have tried Cadworxlive.com yet or not, there’s no denying that it’s the design tool of choice for many apparel decorators–with over 600,000 designs created. Developer Greg Peirce recently posted his industry trends/predictions for 2015 and you should take a look at what he has to say. Here’s an excerpt but I encourage you to read the whole post. Click here.
My Industry Predictions for 2015 by Greg Peirce
Originally posted on blog.cadworxlive.com
This year will see an increase in companies extending technology to their customers in an effort to create more value, streamline business workflow processes and increase sales. Improved web technologies will make it easier than ever for companies to create a professional web presence with integrated design tools and production routing capabilities.
Automated design-to-production processes and same day (or next day) shipping will allow personalization professionals more fulfillment options than ever before. More production options mean more production capacity, allowing businesses to focus more on selling and less on manufacturing. Why fulfill orders in-house when you can strategically outsource and sell in greater volume? I’d rather take a 15% margin on a $1,000,000.00, than 25% of $300,000.00.
Local market opportunities will continue to drive growth for start-ups and established businesses alike. The business is there if you’re willing to go out and get it. Strategic networking can drum up more business than you can handle. Armed with nothing more than a heat press, a cutter and a Cadworxlive® membership, you can create all kinds of business opportunities. Some products you can sell to local niche markets include: custom t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, caps, umbrella’s, shade tents, gym bags, book bags, corporate uniforms, team uniforms, custom shoes, signs, banners, stickers, decals, magnets, fat head wall graphics, and so much more. I even saw a guy personalize a moto-cross dirt bike tire with CAD-CUT® Super Film™ and a heat press. Take if from someone who knows. I’ve turned down more than a few personalization jobs simply because I was too busy to take on the work.
The increased popularity of moisture wicking, performance materials will continue to create opportunities for custom sublimated products. Strategic alliances in the industry have the potential to rewrite the economics of this niche. If you’ve considered offering custom sublimated apparel in the past, but held off for one reason or another, 2015 might be the year it finally makes sense.