The program coincides with upgraded production capacity to service high demand for shearling (or sherpa) fleece fabrics, including Made in USA styles with shorter duty-free shipping times into the North American and Central American free trade agreement regions.
Polartec Ready to Roll also has availability for global in-stock inventory of other premium Polartec fabrics, including many of the most popular styles, as well as rarities and hard-to-find colors. Among the company’s performance fabrics are lightweight next-to-skin, cooling, insulation, weather protection and flame resistant materials across the Polartec line of roughly 250 different performance fabrics. These include its Power Wool, Grid, Air, Dry, Shield and Stretch ranges, as well as its Thermal Pro, Wind Pro, Windbloc, High Loft and NeoShell lines.
“Customers have long asked for in-stock inventory without the standard production lead times and this announcement enables rapid order fulfillment in time for Fall-Winter 2019 production to meet increased demand,” Polartec CEO Gary Smith said.
Recognizing the consumer and brand trend toward on-demand delivery with shorter lead times, Polartec noted that the new Ready to Roll program allows for more responsible production forecasting and minimizes waste.
The program is an extension of Polartec Eco-Engineering, which deploys recycled and biodegradable inputs, advanced production techniques, efficient logistics and rigorous testing and certifications to create an innovation pipeline devoted to producing sustainable fabrics with elite performance characteristics.
The Polartec Eco-Engineering effort seeks to set a new, higher “triple bottom line” standard for the textile industry, the company noted, with “fully recycled inputs, fully recyclable fabrics and complete biodegradability.” Polartec’s sustainability efforts include Oeko-Tex and Bluesign certifications across all Polartec facilities worldwide.