FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Here are Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Unlike synthetic materials, leather is a natural organic material derived from renewable source and is far more aesthetically beautiful, long lasting, and versatile. The appearance of good leather doesn’t deteriorate as it ages, instead it acquires character- thanks to the fine patina that develops over time. Although the initial investment of quality leather may be more than synthetic materials, leather is actually your best value in the long run as it outlasts other materials 4 to 1.
There are three basic tests that you can perform to confirm the material is indeed leather.
Smell Test: First, most leather has a characteristic odor of fat-liquor (oils used to lubricate the leather). If the material doesn’t have this “regular smell of leather”, chances are it is not genuine leather. Please note that many of the newer “washable” or water resistant leather do not have the same fat-liquors and often do not have much of a characteristic leather odor.
Look Test: Looking at the back side of the leather will also reveal its genuine character. The back of the leather should look like suede. If you see threads, that is a bad sign. If you see the ends of the collagen fibers, like you would on a suede pair of shoes that is good.
If possible, you can also inspect the cut edge – the leather has a very distinctive layered appearance from the edge. The grain and finish are very tight and compact. Often you can see the hair follicles in this layer if you cut just right. Then the inner layer is coarser and a random tangle of heavier fibbers. If you can see any criss-cross pattern or symmetry, that is a sure sign of synthetic materials.
Fire Test: When exposed to mild temperatures (say match flame), the genuine leather will not catch fire, while other synthetic materials are inflammable and will burn quickly. Leather sort of melts into a lump that will harden like glass when cool. Will also shatter like glass if crushed after it has been burned.
ABOUT INDIAN LEATHER INDUSTRY
Leather industry occupies a place of prominence in the Indian economy in view of its massive potential for employment, growth and exports. There has been increasing emphasis on its planned development, aimed at optimum utilization of available raw materials for maximizing the returns, particularly from exports. The key facts that make India an attractive destination for leather goods outsourcing are:
- The world’s largest technically trained manpower in leather craft is accessible at the world’s most competitive costs.
- India boasts of about 10% of the world’s raw material production. India is the largest livestock holding country 21% large animals and 11% small animals approximately.
- The current industrial policy is very conducive to the promotion of the Indian leather industry both in terms of domestic trade as well as exports. Integrated tannery for conversion of raw hides and skins into finished leather is de-licensed. Except for a few items, many sectors are de-reserved.
- Decent Infrastructure: International airports, well equipped sea ports, and well placed communication network.
- Increasing tannery activities and modernization of manufacturing facilities.
- Exports from India are likely to grow as international brands have started outsourcing products from India.
- Government paying considerable attention to this sector.
The major production centres in India are –
Eastern Region – Kolkata – Best for bags, wallets, purses
Western Region – Mumbai –
Northern Region – Kanpur, Agra, Delhi & Jalandhar
Southern Region – Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore
Shri Exports is a SA8000-2014 & SEDEX certified Premium Leather Goods Manufacturer and provide full-service contract manufacturing services to Private Label Leather Goods brands around the world. Learn more about us on visiting www.shriexports.net, www.shriexport.com
Shri Exports has been in business since 2003.
Yes, SHRI EXPORTS is a SA8000-2014 & SEDEX Certified company with membership at Council for Leather Complex (CLE), Indian Leather Products Associations (ILPA), Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)
We’re primarily a custom leather solutions provider and therefore do not carry a print catalog. However, we do have a large selection of readymade products to choose from. Write us to share with you the from the collections.
The cost savings associated with strategic outsourcing not only give a business an edge over its competition, but has become crucial for the survival of many businesses. From the more obvious benefits of cost reduction and quality improvement, outsourcing delivers a client a number of advantages all the way up to value generation and innovation capability in core competencies.
The Five Key Considerations are:
Cost: The cost benefits of outsourcing are obvious in terms of cheaper labor and material costs. In case of variable sourcing contracts, the costs can be reduced further in the form of higher productivity of employees.
Quality: Most outsourcing vendors have a better process maturity in their core areas as compared to the client. As a result, such vendors can deliver high quality products.
Time to Market: One of the major benefits of outsourcing is to reduce the time to market for any products or services of the client.
Focus on Core Competencies: The whole objective of outsourcing is to enable the client company to enable the client company to concentrate on its core competence. By outsourcing your products to a company that specializes in that area, the client company significantly reduces its management involvement in production issues, thereby freeing such resources for core business activities.
Value Generation: In order to extract more value from its products, the company can measure the return on its investment. By doing so, it becomes clear to both the vendor and the client as to what are the key-value parameters for the project and for the outsourcing relationship. This in turn helps both parties to monitor and plan for maximum value in the engagement.
ABOUT OUR PLANTS
Our workshops are located in India –in Kolkata (CALCUTTA). Our Kolkata plant produces bags, wallets & purses and accessories in leather, jute, canvas & artificial leather
We have a regular production capacity of 10,000 bags & 25000 units of small leather goods combined product in a month and have both human and financial resources at our disposal to scale up our production capacity at short notice.
We use imported cutting, skiving, ironing, sewing (flat, vertical post, and cylinder bed ) machines.
The survival of our business rests on quality of our products and therefore we’re extremely serious about quality and workmanship of our products. We have a tiered Quality Control System in place that ensures process integrity at three different levels and assures finished product conformance with product specifications.
We neither employ nor condone child labor. All of our craftsmen and other personnel are seasoned veterans of the industry with an average of 15 years of experience. We have a strict NO Child Labor policy.
ABOUT PRODUCTION MATERIALS
We would be happy to send you leather swatches matching your leather preferences. We can also send you the lining material samples subject to availability. There is no charge for swatches, however, we do require your FedEx/UPS/DHL/TNT account number to cover the shipping cost.
We are able to provide our products made of leather from multiple origins allowing our customers the freedom to choose the best products to meet their specific needs. We produce leather from cow, buff, sheep & goat. The most frequently used leathers are:
- Cow Vegetable Tanned: Vegetable Tanned (VT) leather produced using environmentally friendly technology of applying vegetable extracts instead of chrome powder similar to used in most Italian leather.
- Cow Napa/Nappa: Napa/Nappa refers to Soft and as the name suggests, this leather is soft and smooth to touch.
- Cow Washed – Washed leather is really very much attractive now a days
- Cow Natural Dry Milled (NDM): full grain leather milled to provide smooth, tight grain, and suppleness of hand. The leather has natural markings and reveals its natural characteristics.
- Cow Printed Dry Milled (PDM): a chrome leather with dry milled impressions on it.
- Cow Softy: semi-aniline and drum dyed leather that is cheaper alternative to more expensive softer leather like Napa/Nappa.
- Cow Antique: naked and drum dyed leather with aged looks.
- Buff Aniline: the Indian Buffalo hide retains its color only from dyestuffs rather than from pigment resulting in more natural look.
- Buff crumple : Crumple leather’s look is really great with old look
- Sheep Napa/Nappa: soft and supple lambskin widely used in leather apparel manufacturing.In addition, we have well established relationships with the tanneries in India.
We can produce virtually any color matching to your color swatch specification (any colour from PANTONE shade card) including metallic colors.
Yes, we can have your signature textile lining materials produced subject to minimum order quantity. The typical minimum order quantity for signature lining material is 1000 meters.
We have reliable local vendors on hand who can custom produce your hardware. If we’re unable to produce that hardware locally, we have well established relationships with hardware vendors in Taiwan and Hong Kong & China for such supplies.
Exotic skins like Croc, Lizard, Ostrich, and others are prohibited by law in India and therefore can not be used in production.
No. We only offer business-to business services and work with new and established businesses with valid business registration and Sales Tax/VAT/GST numbers.
Most of the products displayed on our website are all our own designs and therefore can be ordered by anyone. These products can be made with your own brand logo stamped. Even though we typically do not display products that we produce for our customers based on their proprietary specifications, there may be some products on the website and those are for illustration purposes only. These products can not be reproduced and therefore can not be ordered.
While MOQs serve a very critical role in ensuring production quality consistency, we do understand that it is not always possible for our customers to meet those production MOQs. This is especially true if you’re a new brand and don’t know exactly how the market is going to receive your product(s). We, therefore, try our best to be as accommodating as possible on our minimum order quantities. Apart from production MOQ limitations, another consideration is freight. The larger your order quantity and volume, the cheaper it is per unit to ship internationally and therefore it might be in your best interest to order the largest possible quantity to make it cheaper on landed cost basis. Please let us know about the order quantity you will be comfortable with and we will collaborate with you to make it work for both of us.
Please call us or write us to [email protected] & [email protected] and let us know of your interest. We’ll send you a Pro-forma Invoice quoting you our best prices based on the ordered quantity and your preferred shipping method. You can sign this Pro-forma Invoice and email it back to us. You can also email your Purchase Order based on this Proforma Invoice.
The production lead time depends on the ordered quantity. However, most of the orders are shipped within 6-8 weeks of order confirmation. For larger and repeat orders a shipment schedule can be negotiated in advance.
We would be happy to send you the prices for individual products. Please let us know on the email you would like us to quote you for.
Ex-Factory (India) pricing doesn’t include shipping, handling, and insurance charges to the destination. A buyer is responsible for these charges. You can either make your own arrangements for the shipping or we would be happy to send you a separate quote from one of our local shipping agents.
CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight)/CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid) pricing means that the quoted price is the “delivered” price. You may still be responsible for Customs Duty and Customs Clearance charges, if any.
We would be happy to quote you CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid) or CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) pricing subject to a minimum order quantity. Call us to discuss your order.
Our Terms of Sale require payments be made using one of the following three options:
- For orders with ex-factory value under $10,000: 100% deposit at the time of placing order. US business checks and Wire Transfers accepted. Customer is responsible for Wire fees incurred at origin.
- For orders with ex-factory value between $10,000-$25,000: 50% deposit at the time of placing order and balance payment before/at ship date. All payments need to be cleared before goods are shipped out. At our discretion, we may extend flexible terms to our long-time customers based on their payment history and credit worthiness. Only Wire Transfers accepted. Customer is responsible for Wire fees incurred at origin.
- For orders over $25,000: 30% deposit at the time of placing order and balance payment before/at ship date. All payments need to be cleared before goods are shipped out. We will also accept a confirmed Irrevocable Letter of Credit at Sight issued by a reputed US/international bank. All bank charges incurred will be to buyer’s account.
- 100% LC at sight from a 1st class bank
ABOUT SAMPLING & PROTOTYPING
You can send your specifications or instructions and drawings/images on email.
We respect your right to your proprietary information and ensure its confidentiality. We are glad to sign any non-disclosure and/or non-compete Agreement before you reveal any confidential information to us.
While we guarantee our best efforts in producing a prototype, due to the unpredictable nature of the process, we cannot guarantee the outcome. Be rest assured, however, that we use our years of experience and all of the resources to deliver your leather solution just the way you meant it to be.
Prototyping is a time consuming and highly unpredictable process. Sometimes the outcome is not as expected and we have to refine the process to achieve the desired results. Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.
ABOUT QC & INSPECTIONS
Pre-shipment inspection of goods is carried out during or upon the completion of production of the goods. Even though all our products are back by our 100% guarantee for quality or adherence to the specifications, a buyer may still want to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect before shipment leaves our factory. In that case, the buyer has an option of Pre-shipment inspection by a third party.
Pre-shipment inspections are performed by contracted private organizations. One such internationally reputed agencies i.e. SGS, Bureau Veritas, Intertek etc. A buyer has an option of engaging them for a pre-shipment inspection. The expenses incurred in such inspection will be borne by the buyer.
ince we guarantee all the products we sell, you also have an option of carrying out post-shipment inspection of goods upon receiving the goods. We allow you seven days after the goods have been delivered to inspect the goods carefully and inform us of any defects or discrepancy. We replace or compensate you for the defected goods in your next order. This costs you nothing yet gives you the same peace of mind as pre-shipment inspection.
ABOUT FREIGHT & OTHER CHARGES
Shipping cost depends on the Gross Weight, Volume of the shipment, and port of destination. Shipping cost from India typically ranges between 5% – 18% of the merchandize cost.
All the orders are shipped directly from our factory in Kolkata (India).
What shipping methods are available?
There are three shipping methods available from India:
Ocean Freight: This is the most economical way of shipping goods but takes about 45-60 days for US/Canadian destinations and 30-45 days for European destinations. This option is ideal for large shipments that are not time sensitive.
Air Freight: This option is the most widely used option ensuring low shipping costs with faster deliveries. This method costs more than Ocean Freight but substantially less than Air Express. The lead time is typically 7-12 days depending on the carrier.
Air Express: This is the fastest shipping method with high shipping costs. The advantages of this option include door-to-door delivery with inexpensive and hassle-free Customs clearance. This is a good option for time sensitive and relatively smaller shipments. The deliveries take about 3-5 days.
Yes. However, this will cost you more in shipping costs because FedEx/UPS/DHL charges higher US Dollar rates to your account as compared to cheaper Indian Rupee rates they charge us locally. On top we receive several volume discounts because of our ongoing relationship with them. Also, we do not recommend this option for time sensitive shipments.
ABOUT OUR GUARANTEE
We take pride in the quality of our products and stand behind the quality and workmanship of each one. To ensure your satisfaction, all shipments are carefully inspected before leaving our warehouse. If you are not satisfied with your purchase upon arrival, please notify us immediately and we will attempt to correct the situation.