// Boohoo introduces new in-house textile and apparel laboratory at Manchester head office
// The online retailer said it wants the lab to give suppliers better visibility of product performance
Boohoo Group has introduced an in-house textile and apparel laboratory at its Manchester head office.
The online retailer said it wants the new lab to give suppliers better visibility of product performance, with a variety of retail testing available to ensure that products meet both the legal and performance standards required.
The group is one of only two retailers in the UK to invest in facilities of this kind and benefits will include increased transparency, decreased supplier workload, reduced costs, increased speed and agility, education support both internal & external and most importantly driving improvements in quality, consistency and customer experience.
The lab also supports the group’s sustainability goals and the targets for implementing more sustainable fabrics into garments.
The business has also started to buy fabric directly from textile mills and the lab will allow for those fabrics to be tested on quality and durability, so the business and the customer can be more confident around the longevity of the fabrics.
The lab will also support on the commitment to the microfiber consortium around micro fibre shedding in garments, as it will provide details of the performance of the garment during washing.
The manufacturing site delivers capacity for tens of thousands of garments, with facilities to support both MTO and printing.
The factory represents millions of pounds worth of investment into the local economy, delivering up to 200 new jobs.