8 Ways To Lower Your MOQ Requirements

8 Ways To Lower Your Minimum Order Quantity Requirements - Startup Advice

With startup culture still on the rise, some shoe factories are welcoming smaller orders to help new brands launch more successfully with a smaller budget.

July 12, 2016 by Otabo Team

How many factories does it take to make a shoe?

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"Shoe factory” is a frequently used term, though a somewhat misleading one. This phrasing conjures the mental image of a single factory responsible for creating a shoe from beginning to end. While this is possible, it’s rarely how it happens!

June 07, 2016 by Otabo Team

What Is A Last?

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In shoe manufacturing we have a saying: “Last comes first.” Virtually all shoe development and production starts with a last. 

May 24, 2016 by Otabo Team

Introduction to Pricing and Minimums

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Footwear design, and the resulting production requirements, has so many variables that it’s downright impossible to accurately estimate pricing and minimums at first glance.

May 10, 2016 by Otabo Team

Introduction to Fundamental Shoe Styles

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Before starting with tech packs, you’ll want to better understand the specifics of your shoe category. For that, you’ll need a bit of history and context based on these eight foundational shoe styles:

March 20, 2016 by Otabo Team

10 Key Steps to Getting Shoes Manufactured 

10 Key Steps to Getting Shoes Manufactured - Finished Shoes

From creating your tech packs through to shipping arrangements. Learn the 10 key steps to getting your shoes manufactured.
January 22, 2016 by Otabo Team

China 2016 Factory Holidays

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Most factories will be closed the following dates for 2016 holidays in China.

New Year Dec 31 - Jan 3
Chinese New Year
Feb 1 - Mar 1
Tomb Sweeping Day Apr 4
Dragon Boat Festival Jun 9 -  11
Victory Day Sep 3
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Sep 15 - 18
National Day & Golden Week Oct 1 - 9 
January 20, 2016 by Otabo Team

New Year, New Site

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Hello, and welcome to the new and improved otabo.com.

Whether you are an established brand looking to obtain production quotes, or are starting out with little experience, our goal is to help you understand the possibilities.

In addition to providing manufacturing services, we’ve launched The Startup Shop to help people new to the footwear industry get started.

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