Walmart Packaging Guidelines for All Seasons

Walmart Packaging Guidelines of All Seasons
Ismail Hossain
Department of Textile Engineering
Port City International University
Email: rubeltxt017@gmail.com



Walmart is big buyer of Bangladesh for garments sector. They have lots of products which they are shipped to the different countries from Bangladesh in every season. I have been working in 2 apparel brands of Walmart these are Athletic Works and George. In this article I have try to provide some information about Walmart packaging guidelines or manual of all season.

Brand Name:

A name of style starts with three letters where first two letters express the brand name, that is AW for Athletic Works and GR for George. And the last one is used for the season. For example; AWS means it is a spring season product of Athletic Works brand.

Season Code:
There are four season of Walmart. To identify the packed garments seasons Walmart referred to use the individual season tag or sticker with garments and also mentioned the season code on hangtag and notify the season on that cartons shipping marks, which help to send the goods to market before that season.

Season code is a numerical number by which we can know the suitable seasons to be wear of that products. Each season have different code and color identification tag or sticker which is tagging or attaching with garments before packing. Some goods are shipped without season which is known as ‘year’ season and the code is “000”.


Season
Month
Code
Identify tag color
Spring
April, May, June
106
Yellow
Summer
July, August, September
209
Pink
Fall
October, November, December
312
Blue
Winter
January, February, March
403
Violate
Year
N/A
000
N/A
We know there are four season in Walmart calendar, these are Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. And every season consists of three months.Walmart season codes expresses by the number of three-digits these are 106, 209, 312 and 403.

Spring-106, Summer- 209, Fall- 312, Winter- 403.

The first season consists of April, May and June. The number of last month of that season used as a code of 1st season that is 106. The first digit expresses the season number e.g. 1,2,3 and 4 and others are express the month e.g. 06,09, 12 and 03.

For example- 106 (Spring), where ‘1’ is first season which is spring and ‘06’ is month (April, May and June),another example is 403 (Winter), where the 4 is the number of season which is the last season and 03 is the number of last month (January, February and March) of that season. At the same way others season code express the same meaning as per different season.

Relation Between Style and Season:
There are two brand we work of Walmart; these are Athletic Works & George. Where name of style starts with three letters, first two letters express the brand name such as AW=Athletic Works & GR=George and the third one express the season. The relation between style and season sated below.

relation between style and season
Table: Relation between style and season
Walmart Department:
Department is the product category, which is express by some numerical number e.g. 0024, 0026, 0023 etc. This number is mentioned on hangtag which is tagging with product. The department of products depend on gender or age of wearer. Walmart have many departments. But we work for some departments those are mention below;

We could understand the department of products by the name of style. In the last of every style department mentioned by one or two letters, such as IB- Infant Boys,LD- Ladies etc.


Style
Department
GRS *****IB/IG
00026 (Infant Boys/ Infant Girls)
AWS *****TB/TG
00026 (Toddler Boys/ Toddler Girls)
GRS *****B
00024/ 30 (Boys)
AWS *****G
00033 (Girls)
AWS *****MN/MX
00023 (Men)
AWS *****LD
00035 (Ladies)
Shipping mark:
Shipping mark is the identification of packed garments which is written on the surface of the carton such as; Assort or item no, P.O., Item description,Department, Destination and icon of product etc. This shipping mark written by the specific layout and colors. The layout is always same but colors of shipping mark depends on department and ratio.All individual department maintain the won colors of shipping mark. All departments shipping mark color given below.


Department
Shipping Mark color
00026 (Infant Boys/ Infant Girls)
TEXT IN PANTONE 19-1623 TCX
00026 (Toddler Boys/ Toddler Girls)
TEXT IN PANTONE 19-1623 TCX
00024 (Boys)
TEXT IN PANTONE 19-4049 TCX
00033 (Girls)
TEXT IN PANTONE 19-3528 TCX
00023 (Men)
TEXT IN PANTONE 18-1664 TCX
00035 (Ladies)
TEXT IN PANTONE 18-0135 TCX
Master cartons: All Master shipping cartons are to be marked as shown in the illustrations on all four sides of the box and the top and bottoms.
illustrations on all four sides of the box

“Best before march” means sent this packed garments before the march month and customer could be buy in march month. because this product is wearable in spring season.

Best Before Date: Best before date is written by based on that product season, which help to store keeper send to the market before of that season of products.

Regular PO: This product will have stored after shipment and sent the market before that season which is mentioned on carton. Carton shipping mark follow the individual shipping mark color in case of assort packing.

Solid packing: Solid packing always written by black color without icon and no best before date.
Solid packing
Ratio pack                                                            Solid pack
E-com PO: This product will have sold in online without storing. Carton shipping mark written in black color and folded icon without best before date.
E-com P.O.
E-com P.O.
Product Icon on Carton:


Tops- Hanging Apparel  To be used for hanging apparel (Tops, Dresses, sets, sleepwear tops or sleepwear sets) All apparel departments.

Tops - Folded Apparel   To be used for folded apparel (Tops,  Dresses, sets, sleepwear tops or sleepwear sets) All apparel departments.

Bottoms - Hanging Apparel   To be used for hanging apparel (Bottoms and sleepwear bottoms )  All apparel departments.

Bottoms - Folded Apparel   To be used for folded apparel (Bottoms and  sleepwear bottoms) All apparel departments.

Underwear- To be used for all Men’s and Kids underwear products.
Conclusion:
A proper packaging process help to shipping the products smoothly. This also help the product storing and marketing as well as represent to the customers.

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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant and researcher on online business promotion. He is working with one European textile machinery company as a country agent. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.


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