Using Frontier To Establish Your Textile Supply Chain

Small companies in the textile industry often have a hard time looking for flexible suppliers that will cater to their smaller orders. On a similar note, bigger companies may find it challenging to find reliable suppliers that will continuously meet their needs. 

Finding the right business partner for your company is no easy task. It is one of the reasons why establishing a textile supply chain is a long and complicated process. 

For a business to accelerate its growth, it must serve more markets while reducing costs and balancing risks. But to achieve this, you must prioritize solidifying your fabric supply chain before thinking about expansion. 

This is where Frontier comes into the picture. It can help eliminate transparency issues, dismantle time zone differences, remove possible language barriers, and reduce other factors that can inhibit smooth transactions and cause delays in business operations.


Frontier has made it possible for all designers and contractors to connect their businesses without having to spend on new technological infrastructure. You get to tap into a whole extensive network of suppliers and apparel designers just by registering on the online platform. 

Here are more reasons why utilizing Frontier in establishing your textile supply chain is one of the best business decisions you’ll make:

1)  Establish new supply chain digitally

Finding new suppliers is always a long process, but you can source digitally to reduce time spent upfront. The goal is offline to online integration; meaning, ideally all your suppliers should have a digital presence that allows you to make virtual prototypes.

Frontier’s online platform offers an alternative for a more effective supply chain consolidation and management. Having the option to tap into a more extensive resource for textiles can eliminate your design limitations, which will allow your creativity to flourish. As a result, better design outputs open lots of opportunities for a broader market.

Frontier’s centralized platform also makes it easier to communicate with international suppliers. Reach out to international suppliers through Frontier by creating a “board” which allows you to ask as many suppliers as you wish to make digital submissions on any product category or make small changes to existing products.

2)  Uninterrupted supply

Another trouble that designers face is the limited number of alternative suppliers they can contact in emergencies. Seasonal fabrics can be hard to get by, especially when the demand is extremely high. You may have to pay a premium just to get your orders filled.

Frontier is the solution to an uninterrupted textile supply chain for your business. With the numerous suppliers registered on the platform, you’ll never run out of alternatives in case your go-to business partner runs out of supply when you need it the most. 

By establishing a business partnership with multiple providers of quality fabrics online, you can ensure production stability. You’ll never have to worry about getting left out and being unable to release a product when competitors are filling the market with their merchandise. 

Nothing is more reassuring than securing reliable suppliers for your textile supply chain. Thanks to Frontier, you can pour your focus on churning out apparel designs, knowing there’s always a fabric mill that can meet your demands.

3)  Effective communication channel

In most cases, an intermediary appears within the textile supply chain and handles the importing or exporting of goods from one place to another. Globalization has made the presence of intermediary agencies significant as they become the window to greater opportunities for both designers and suppliers.

There can be problems, though, in having an intermediary take the lead to contact local or overseas suppliers to acquire the required materials. Even with the help of online communication channels, there’s still a risk that messages will not get to the supplier on time due to business constraints on the side of the third-party agency. 

For instance, you’re a designer and you’re looking for certain fabric design. You contacted the agency to help you look for the textile. But for some reason – they’re on holiday, it’s weekend, it’s the end of business hours, or your email got drowned in their inbox – they got your message a day or two after you sent it. 

Your biggest worry just got real as the agency tells you that the fabric has been sold out the day after you sent your request. This kind of delay is costly, especially if you’re looking for an in-demand product. If only the agency saw the message on time, the order would have been placed right away and you wouldn’t have delays in production.

Although cases like this are rare, you wouldn’t want to risk your business and hope that this won’t happen to you. A single mishap in the textile supply chain creates a domino effect that can negatively impact your business. Why wait for this to occur when you can avoid it altogether?

Frontier lets you connect directly with suppliers or designers over a centralized platform. It can help solidify your fabric supply chain without depending on a middleman to mediate transactions, regardless if you’re dealing with a local or international business partner. 

Without an intermediary, you can save on costs since you don’t have to hire an agency to look for textile suppliers. Your business won’t suffer from delays in the transmission of orders since your messages don’t have to go through an agency. Frontier makes it easier for orders and requests to get through the supply chain without anyone to slow you down.

4)  Sustainable procurement process

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) is aiming to make apparel production more environment-friendly this 2020. Apparel manufacturers, sportswear and fashion brands, and multi-billion textile companies across the U.S. and Europe have joined hands since the establishment of the campaign in 2011.

The textile industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Studies show that the CO2 footprint for manufacturing a single t-shirt is around 20 times the product’s weight. 

Traditionally, fabric mills manufacture swatches and yards of textiles for sampling. Designers can choose from the array of fabric styles and select those that fit their apparel ideas. 

But what happens to those rolls of textiles that weren’t selected? They’re usually sold to be made into other fabric products. In some cases, they’re scrapped because no one wants to use them. 

Frontier contributes to creating a more sustainable textile industry supply chain by eliminating the need for suppliers to mass-produce rolls of fabric without a sure demand for it. Mills can produce different designs by demand for a more cost-effective operation that greatly reduces wastage. And with hundreds of designers registered on the platform, someone will surely find your stock of fabric suitable to their needs. 

Making textile supply chains more sustainable is a daunting task. It requires awareness, accountability, and monitored execution on both parties to ensure everyone involved is committed to achieving greener operations.

Customers now look for designers and manufacturers who run an environment-friendly business. They’ll prefer buying your merchandise knowing you’re practicing greener operations that greatly reduce your carbon footprint contribution.


Traditional methods for establishing a textile supply chain have become impractical, cumbersome, and limited. It’s time to widen your perspective and expose your business to more suppliers that can help accelerate your growth.

If your goal is to expand into the global market, finding contractors with the same ambition will make it easier to achieve your targets. Frontier opens up the gate of opportunity to expand your network and get to know more designers and suppliers in the textile industry. 

Register on our platform now and find new business partners where you can source quality fabrics online.