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On a bulk order - what should my sizing breakdown be?

When it comes to purchasing bulk apparel for your customers or clients, it would be ideal to know exactly what size of each garment you need to purchase. But that’s not usually the case. It is rare that you have access to the size of each person you are ordering for. Instead, you’ll probably have to guess based on past orders, knowing your customer, and rule of thumb. Or even worse - just guessing?

We are here to help. We have spent the last 15 years in the apparel industry owning and operating various consumer brands and have navigated through these waters. Every brand is different and understanding your customer or future customer is what is most important. By sharing the size breakdown ratio that we use, we hope to provide information for you to consider when placing a bulk garment order. The size breakdown ratio can help you understand how much of each size to buy without having to guess (at least not having to guess as much). While ordering 10 of each size might sound safe, we want you to be empowered to make industry-conscious decisions and to better understand your inventory position.


Here are the steps on how to implement your own sizing ratio to better
assist you when placing bulk orders:

Step 1: How many shirts do I need?

Thankfully, this part is easy. You will need to know the total amount of garments you would like to buy first. For our example, let’s pretend you would like to buy 21 t-shirts.

Step 2: Quantity Discounts

At Original Favorites, we provide our customers the option to purchase high-quality blank garments at wholesale prices. This means that we provide pricing discounts, based on the quantity of shirts you buy. We offer a variety of pricing tiers; so for our example, the price tier that provides the next round of discounts would be 25 shirts. Instead of buying 21 shirts, we would like to receive a better per unit price, so let’s change our quantity to 26 t-shirts.

Step 3: What will be your most popular shirt size?

All audiences aren’t going to be the same so it’s always important to keep your group’s demographic in mind. For a brand that sells to primarily males with a smaller amount of female customers our experience would say that size Large is the most popular size. For this example we will use that premise.

Step 4: Size Ratio

Now we will explain the sizing ratio. By determining your most popular size, you will have a place to start. Once you have your ratio determined, you will now be able to figure out the percentage to use. This is important because as you change quantities, you still may decide to use the same percentage, and apply it to new quantities on future orders.

At Original Favorites, our ratio and the coordinating percentage usually looks a little something like this:

Ratio Percentage

Small (1)

15%

Medium (1.5)

25%

Large (2)

35%

X-Large (1)

15%

2X Large (.5)

7%

If you recall, in our example, we are ordering 26 t-shirts. Now we can find each size’s percentage, based on the quantity that we will order. For example: 26 x 30% = 7.8, or ~8.

As illustrated by this example, for a 26 quantity order for adults, the best breakdown would be (please note, we rounded up for this example):

Ratio Percentage

Small (1)

15% = 4 shirts

Medium (1.5)

25% = 7 shirts

Large (2)

35% = 9 shirts

X-Large (1)

15% = 4 shirts

2X Large (.5)

10% = 2 shirts

Total = 26 shirts

Step 5: Do you need to skew sizes?

If your brand or function is set for a specialized audience, say bodybuilders or a heavy percentage of males, you may want to increase your quantity of larger sizes to accommodate.

For example:

Ratio Percentage

Small (0) 

0%

Medium (1)

14%

Large (3)

44%

X-Large (2)

28%

2X Large (1)

14%

Step 6: Track your sales

Always keep track of your sales. Be sure to note if you ran out of a particular size more quickly than another, if you have more of one size left, or any other kind of buying patterns you may encounter along the way. All of these details are more information for you to be empowered to better understand your customers and make accurate bulk purchases.

The more experience you have through sales the more you will be able to fine tune your ratio. Since we have no minimum order size, you can always backfill more popular sizes with quick turnaround times.

As always, feel free to contact us if we can be of any further assistance!

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