The PCIAW® Editor spoke with Rafi Bricker, Managing Director of WorksGroup, one of the association’s newest members.
WorksGroup has consolidated a range of highly specialised companies that boast a long-standing and proud history of expertise, skill and performance in the textiles industry.
With over 100 years of combined experience in delivering garments, WorksGroup is set to raise the bar and transform the workwear and corporatewear industry.
WorksGroup was founded to cater professionally and proficiently for a diverse range of uniform related requirements for clients in various fields of business, providing solutions for the corporate and industrial mainstream, as well as bespoke, industry-specific garments for brands wishing to stand out from the crowd.
With a focus on individuality, WorksGroup has an eye on the latest design innovations and international trends.
Conceptualisation, design and product engineering
The WorksGroup goal is to provide exceptional, durable products that feel great to wear, guaranteeing comfort, functionality, and optimal fit. The team has extensive experience in design, pattern and fabric engineering, fashion and quality requirements, providing well-constructed uniforms ideal for the African environment.
Bespoke designs afford customers the opportunity to work closely with designers in creating a fresh new range that will encapsulate the brand image in an authentic and practical manner, always taking employment, geographic details and demographics into account.
With fully integrated warehousing and distribution solutions, WorksGroup provides individually packed and delivered staff orders for easy issuance and tracking at branch and employee levels.
The group has contracted a number of approved manufacturing facilities that successfully and efficiently complete high volume items. These facilities comply with global standards in terms of quality certification, and whilst the majority of fabric used is imported, local content is used where possible.
With a highly integrated and sophisticated manufacturing business, WorksGroup employs over 120 people. Owning this factory is essential to providing key solutions offered to customers, facilitating flexibility and access to a range of garments and quality that is unsurpassed.
The WorksGroup POD Concept
WorksGroup believes that POD is a case filled with seeds that develops and grows from the flowers of the mother plant, thriving independently, yet in synergy and collaboration with the mother plant.
As a South African corporate citizen, WorksGroup takes its responsibility of job creation and community building very seriously. The principle behind the POD manufacturing project is to proactively nurture community-based businesses, employing local residents and teaching key skills regarding running a business, with a focus on manufacturing clothing.
WorksGroup currently has 3 PODs in operation, employing approximately 40 people. They plan to increase staff count by about 20% in 2022, with an additional new POD being opened. WorksGroup is proud of this scalable model, and is partnering with customers to open additional PODS in other parts of South Africa.
Solo clothing: A POD success story
Solo Clothing is exclusively run by and employs underrepresented deaf staff. The company was founded in January 2017 aiming to empower the deaf community through employment and skills development.
There are thousands of deaf South Africans living in poverty, with little to no family support.
“Being disabled comes with a lot of difficulties, however, we are doing our best with WorksGroup to improve and create jobs for deaf people so that they may play a greater role in society. WorksGroup has played an important role not just in supporting Solo Clothing (particularly through these rough COVID-19 times), but in helping society to recognise deaf people as equals.”
“We are excited to see how much more we can do to bring change to and empower the deaf community through our partnership with WorksGroup.”
WGS: Online uniform management
WGS is WorksGroup’s industry-leading, fully-integrated online uniform management system that manages all stock, ordering, issuing, adherence to uniform policy, and tracking of uniforms across the organisation in the most efficient way possible.
This covers every aspect of managing a complex uniform programme, including uniform policy, enforcement, AOD, budgeting and POD, and is easily scalable and suitable for multi-branch, multi-division and multi-region requirements, consolidating at a company level.
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