Size Chart for Cricket gears

Choosing the right sizes for cricket gears is quite important for proper technical development of young budding and upcoming cricketers.

Below is a guide to help you choose the appropriate cricket gears for young cricketers.

BAT SIZE APPROX. AGE HEIGHT OF BATSMAN BAT LENGTH BAT WIDTH
1 4-5 Years Old Up to 4ft 3inches 25 1/4 inches 3 1/2 inches
2 6-7 Years Old 4ft 3″ – 4ft 6″ 27 3/4 inches 3 1/2 inches
3 8-9 Years Old 4ft 6″ – 4ft 9″ 28 3/4 inches 3 3/4 inches
4 9-10 Years Old 4ft 9″ – 4ft 11″ 29 3/4 inches 3 3/4 inches
5 10-11 Years Old 4ft 11″ – 5ft 2″ 30 3/4 inches 4 inches
6 11-13 Years Old 5ft 2″ – 5ft 5″ 31 3/4 inches 4 inches
HARROW 12-14 Years Old 5ft 5″ – 5ft 8″ 32 3/4 inches 4 1/6 inches
FULL SIZE (Short Handle) 15+ Years Old 5ft 8″ – 6ft 3″ 33 1/2 inches 4 1/4 inches
FULL SIZE (Long Handle/Blade) 15+Years Old 6ft 3″ and above 34 3/8 inches 4 1/4 inches

BATTING PADS SIZE GUIDE

The measurement to take here is from the centre of the knee cap, to the top of the foot (where the tongue of your shoe would fit). Sizes can vary slightly from one manufacturer to another, but this guide should give you a good idea.

PAD SIZE LENGTH
SMALL BOYS 30 – 32cm
BOYS 32 – 35cm
YOUTHS/SMALL MENS 36 – 38cm
MENS 39 – 43cm
LARGE MENS 44 – 48cm

BATTING/WICKET KEEPING GLOVES SIZE GUIDE

The measurement to take here is from the start of the wrist to the tip of your middle finger (the longest one) in a straight line. Gloves can also vary slightly from one manufacturer to another, but this guide should help.

GLOVE SIZE LENGTH
SMALL BOYS 16.5cm
BOYS 17.5cm
YOUTHS/SMALL MENS 19cm
MENS 21cm
LARGE MENS 22.5cm

Sublimation Process for Custom prints

Creation of Artwork

Before printing the graphic on the cloth, the raw source must be provided to the printer. The raw file must be provided in adobe Photoshop or in CorelDraw format. 90% of all printers use CorelDraw format. If you are working with the help of CorelDraw, please mention the version so that the printer will use the same version. If not the color will change. A CorelDraw file must not be opened in Adobe Photoshop and vice versa. This is a major mistake which most of us will do.

Also all of the artwork must be created for the t-shirt size and provided. If there is a size medium, then artwork for that respective size must be provided. The printer will print the file as provided. If resized files according to sizes is provided then it is ideal

Layers.

Every graphic has different layers on it. These layers must be clearly defined. If the layers are not provided then the designer must recreate the artwork.

Fabric to be used.

The current job involves sublimation. Sublimation is dependent on the nature of the fabric as well as the temperature in which the transfer takes place. Therefore it is essential for us to ask the client the nature of the fabric that he wants us to use. If the client has the knowledge then he must let us know the fabric. In worst case he must provide us the exact material as a sample. After sourcing the fabric, we must get the client approval. Failing this step will lead to variations in the final output.

Sublimation.

Sublimation is a process of t-shirt printing. It involves the following steps

  1. The printer is going to print the artwork
  2. The print will happen on a transfer sheet
  3. Then the image on the transfer sheet is transferred on the t-shirt fabric
  4. Specific temperature and pressure is set and then the design is transferred
  5. 100% match is not possible. There is an expected deviation of 10%.
  6. The reason for the deviation is the fabric and the temperature and even the ink which will be used

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Process involved in making a t-shirt

  1. Pattern will be created on a cardboard according to the required sizes
  2. Separate pieces will be created for shoulder, for the chest.
  3. Raw fabric will be procured
  4. The printer will print the artwork on a transfer sheet
  5. The transfer sheet will be sent to the heat transfer system
  6. The machine will be set for a specific temperature and pressure
  7. Due to the temperature and pressure, the print will be transferred on the fabric
  8. The shoulder pieces and the chest will be different
  9. He will then cut each one the pieces and arrange based on the size
  10. Finally they will stitch the shoulder with the chest
  11. A v-strip will be cut and stitched to the neck area
  12. Finally the collar will be attached and stitched.

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Process we must follow

  1. We will inform our vendor that all artwork will be shared in CorelDraw. We will mention the version as well
  2. We will mention the pantone and the RGB color for each gradation. This will ensure that all of us will depend on numbers rather than on perception.
  3. We will take a calibrated printout of each artwork.

Calibration:

Adjusting the printer as per the ISO standards is known as calibration. The printout from this printer is exactly what the pantone color defines the color to be. The customer agrees on the pantone color and the same is produced out of the printer machine. This is very important as the garment printer will use the printout as a reference. It is very expensive to calibrate a printer according to ISO standards and not all printers will have the knowledge. Hence providing such a printout as a reference will allow them to match their version with ours.

Note: It is very difficult to match the output on the paper with that on the fabric. In sublimation color sampling is very crucial. However there is a 10% difference in the final output as it depends on the fabric on which it is printed. Again their output is matched to the nearest possibility with the calibrated printout

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  1. The artwork will be provided with layers.
  2. A sample piece will be sent to them. They can use this as a reference to understand the nature of stitching involved.
  3. If a swatch of the fabric is available then the same must be provided to the printer. Otherwise the reference sample piece will serve as an indicator for procurement. But either one of them must be compulsorily provided if not both
  4. A consolidated size chart along with quantity must be provided.
  5. A master sample must be created. The same must be sent for approval
  6. Post approval, the production must begin.
  7. All of the above shared documents will be signed on the physical copy and also will be crosschecked with the digital version

Problems we encountered.

  1. Vendor : We have printed as per the artwork provided

Result: The colors were totally messed up

Reason: The file was opened in an incorrect version of CorelDraw.

Vendor’s Argument: We had not specified the software and the version. Also there was no reference for us to compare it with

Solution: We will provide an accurate printout of the file that needs to be printed. We will also mention the software and the version. Master piece must be sent for approval and the sublimation output must be sent as a photo. We have also sent a sample for color matching

Status: Solved

 

  1. Vendor : We have created the final product as per the size chart that you have shared

Result: The sizes were totally inaccurate

Reason: The interpretation of the parameters was wrong.

Vendor’s Argument: We have created as per the size chart

Solution: We have worked with the vendor to produce a final size chart with clear definition of the parameters.

Status: Implemented successfully. Problem Resolved.

  1. Vendor : Color of the output is similar

Result: Variation of the shades in the output and depth was missing

Reason: Output based on perception rather than on numbers

Vendor’s Argument: Pantone and rgb codes was not provided

Solution: Pantone and RGB shades have been provided. All of the colors have been implemented as numbers. This is perhaps the most challenging problem and need one more iteration to figure out.

Status: Partially solved

B2B Technology Adoption

Technology is changing the way buyers and suppliers interact and in turn improving buyer-supplier relationships. According to Forrester, 40 percent of B2B commerce activity in the U.S., and 20 percent worldwide, is conducted electronically.

Traditionally, Larger buy-side enterprises created in house systems to exchange documents, like purchase orders and invoices with the suppliers. Buyers controlled the flow and defined processes as per their needs for suppliers to follow.

While some B2B transactions are simple straightforward sales, majority of them are complex, that require better communications between buyers and suppliers and mandate real time buyer-supplier communication for better coordination with supply chain teams for smoother operations. Document exchange plays a key role in this exercise.

In addition to purchase orders and invoices, businesses also exchange data on inventory levels, demand forecasts and logistics, quality documents and more. These electronic data exchange are not only to carry out a purchase. They are also a means of legal confirmation and liability.  “B2B commerce is not just electronic data exchange — it is electronic document exchange and coordination.” as per Forrester.

“Forrester believes the spreading adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications will lead to new models of business networks, in which buyers and suppliers execute key business tasks jointly in the cloud, rather than separately in each other’s systems,”, adding that this cloud-based collaboration will impact the sharing of data, like supplier information, document collaboration, like logistics schedules and demand forecast reports, as well as process collaboration, like invoice validation.

As more third party solutions and B2B networks are being offered, the challenge remains to get larger and small size companies to adopt to these platforms and realize the long term benefits. With many disparate solutions from third party vendors for document exchange, e-invoicing, e-purchasing, supplier -discovery, the key aspect remains to get companies to adopt to many of these platforms at the same time.

To encourage suppliers to adopt these platforms is a challenge, just for the sake of document exchange or e-procurement unless demanded by buyers. By providing these modules as part of lead generation, buyer-supplier discovery network is an attractive option for suppliers to on board and communicate-collaborate with the buyers. True market networks provide an end to end suite of solutions for buyers and suppliers to engage and adopt to B2B commerce models.

With SAAS based cloud solutions, technology and mobile adoption is growing at an aggressive pace, with in the next few years most B2B commerce activity will be electronic as the technology solutions offered are made simpler and attractive for all players in this game.

 

“Make In India” Moving at a Snails Pace

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“Make in India” was launched in September 2014 by the new Government in India. Key objective is to push manufacturing sector’s contribution to 25% of the GDP  from current levels of around 15%.

Services sector in India has been the major growth driver of the Indian economy. It fills more than half (57%) of India’s GDP, compared to a 15-16% contribution by the manufacturing sector. In terms of employment generation, manufacturing share is only 11% of the total jobs generated, compared to 28% by services. India will have 64% of its population (at least 800 million) in the working age group by 2020, manufacturing offers a higher potential to generate employment and utilize the massive man power available.

Manufacturing sector receives wide attention from business leaders and policy makers around the world  in all countries as it creates massive disruption and transformation in creating economic growth while creating sustainable employment generation and financial inclusion among the population.

India is by no means China, where policy decisions are slow with Democratic Government and each political party has their own games to play to slow down policy implementation. Make In India is an amazing initiative by the new Central Government and its success depends a lot on local state governments, who have to work in coordination with the Central government to implement policies, training programs, infrastructure development etc to make this program a success. On the ground level, there is not much to see to impress all major industries from abroad to make massive investments and utilize the conducive environment.

Infrastructure still remains a major bottleneck, reducing productivity and capital loss with bad roads, power cuts, labor laws and delay in approvals. Just to highlight a recent unfortunate episode, Bosch India which has manufacturing operations in Karnataka since World War II Era, literally threatened to move out of the state as State government was very complacent in giving clearances and approvals for their new plant and infrastructure issues.  Imagine how this would play out in any Western Countries or even in China where state governments go extra mile to bring investment, employment to local communities.

While the political parties in each state have their own policies and agendas, pushing the whole nations political outfit and bureaucracy to work in sync to push the Make In India program is a daunting task for the central government. The Indian IT industry and services sector was able to navigate the complicated political and bureaucracy and scaled new heights in growing the industry to worldwide recognition, manufacturing is a different beast and it needs local governments policy support, infrastructure, training programs etc to really stand out in globally competitive space.

India hopes a parallel industry success story can be created just like IT industry was able to grow out of the woods over last several decades. Time will tell, how much this much touted program can actually create an impact on the ground.

 

Solving SMB/SME Purchasing Riddle

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Consumers have a quite a many options to buy what they want and when they want through Online eCommerce websites, Big box retail stores and more. Unfortunately for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), don’t have that luxury to purchase the products they need at their finger tips to serve their customers.

While the biggest conundrum is finding the right source at the right price point. More often the confusion is whether to source locally  and avoid dealing with foreign suppliers and import formalities and other risks or go beyond the borders. The advantages that local suppliers provide carries a premium in terms of cost and whether the business economics supports to source local and in turn make a return on that investment is an important choice to make.

With cost conscious end customers it is a double edged sword scenario for SMBs to navigate around the economics to make the best decision. It is easy to find a local supply source most of the times and it is possibly the best case scenario if the cost economics works out. If not SMBs are often faced with challenges in sourcing from international suppliers.

With cost advantages from International suppliers, the major bottleneck is discovering the best supplier who can meet the requirements and guaranty delivery. US SMB/SME’s imported $618.4 Billion worth of goods on average per year (as per US Trade.gov). Internationalization of markets is becoming increasingly important to the growth of small to medium-sized enterprises (SME), SMEs are no longer confined to their national boundaries.

Many SMB/SMEs recognize the need to be competitive in the market, they have to look to other countries for raw materials, components and final products. Many SME’s have made dramatic changes in their organizational, quality and price structures for their products. These changes are helping them compete more effectively in the global marketplace. SMEs need to pursue aggressive business strategies for selling or purchasing goods and services if they are to remain competitive globally.

That brings us to the main focus point, with economic pressure to be competitive and maintain price structures, it has become imperative for SMB/SMEs to make their purchase globally.  International sourcing requires careful planning, scrutiny and understanding the details from selecting the supplier source, screening the supplier and negotiating terms and delivery methods and avoiding scammers and fraudsters in the process. This might look daunting for a SMB/SME who cannot afford an army of people to manage procurement, import customs process and documentation and other formalities involved.

Few end up working with third party sourcing companies to outsource the purchasing activity and the sourcing companies take care of selecting suppliers, logistics and delivery. With more layers involved, cost of procurement will definitely increase, thus negating the overall economic advantage with going beyond the borders. The other option is navigate carefully on  some of the B2B directory websites like alibaba.com, select a supplier, verify credentials, reviews, references, site visits and make a decision to purchase. It is not fool proof, but you have to take a risk, till a reliable supplier relationship is established either for one time or regular on going purchase.  With limited options, the choices are limited for hassle free international trade and purchase.

There have been new and unique efforts by startups to offer solutions to simplify international sourcing, one of them is our startup B2BSphere. With thousands of prescreened suppliers and quality certified products,B2BSphere handles end to end sourcing and delivery of the products to the customer.B2BSphere will handle logistics, quality and supplier reliability, to ensure a smooth transaction and eliminate fraud and quality issues to a great extent. An innovative ecosystem for buyer – supplier discovery, collaboration and purchase, secured byB2BSphere Trade assurance through buyer controlled escrow payment mechanism.

Please feel free to contact us at info@b2bsphere.com for more information.

No More Inquiry Reply Function On Alibaba.com

“To improve buyers’ experience and provide better services to our customers, Alibaba decides to reserve the inquiry reply function to Gold Suppliers starting from Jan 1st of 2016 *.”          

Official Note from Alibaba.com

Alibaba.com is changing the strategy starting January 1st 2016, if you are not a Gold Supplier on the platform, you will not be able to reply to any inquiry. To be a Gold Supplier on alibaba.com,  the upgrade option will cost a few thousands of dollars.

Now it will impact many SMB/SME industries who don’t have the budget to spend for potential leads on alibaba.com. We at b2bsphere.com, would be glad to sign your business on our Trade Marketplace. We have a free plan to list your products and help sell to international buyers. We will charge a small transaction cost if an order is forwarded from b2bsphere.com and fulfilled. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions at info@b2bsphere.com. Sign Up today at https://www.b2bsphere.com/signup

International B2B Payment Methods

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There are several modes of payment methods available for buyers and sellers in international trade. The different methods of payment carry risks and advantages to either parties in the trade and depends on the best method negotiated by the involved parties. Exporters/Sellers would prefer to be paid even before they ship the products out, Buyers would want to hold off until they receive the goods to make the payment. In todays competitive international trade, there is a huge risk premium over the timing of payments and the risks associated. Below are the different ways of payment methods, that are practiced by international B2b trading partners.

Payment in Advance/Prepayments

This method of payment, though most favored by all suppliers where the buyer pays for the goods, before it is received. Seller has the advantage of having cash upfront, but sellers who push for this method of payment might loose out on lot of opportunities. For buyers, this is the least preferred method, it creates cash flow problems and in international trade, there is absolutely no guarantee on goods quality and timely delivery and buyer has everything to loose if any un foreseen situations arise.

Open Account

In this method of payment, seller ships the goods and buyer pays in 30 to 120 days after products are delivered, depending on the payment terms negotiated. This is the most favorable option for the buyer, as it will help them in cash flow and pass on the complete risk to the seller. Seller can mitigate risks to some extent by availing export credit insurance schemes.

Letters Of Credit (LC)

One of the most secure terms of payment for international trade. In this case, LC is form of a commitment by a Bank on behalf of a buyer that payment will be made to the seller, as long as all terms mentioned in the LC are satisfied. Buyer pays the bank LC associated costs and sellers who cannot verify credit worthiness of the buyer can trust the LC through a bank. Buyer will not have any payment obligations till the goods are delivered as per the terms agreed.

Bill Of Exchange (BOE) or Documentary Collection (DC)

In this method of payment, sellers handover collection of payment to a bank, who in turn send collecting documents to the buyers bank with terms and instructions of payment. Payments in this case are handled by banks and act as intermediary agents, but offer no recourse in cases of non payment. This costs cheaper than a LC (Letter of Credit)

Each method has its own pros and cons and it all depends on the terms which buyer and sellers negotiate and risks each of the trading partners are willing to take to complete the transaction. The above payment methods highlight the different payment methods, there are several variants and terms with in each type like in a LC, there are several forms and each has a different definition and terms, depending on the type of LC considered (revocable, irrevocable, confirmed, unconfirmed, stand-by, revolving LC etc).

Buyers and sellers depending on their situation, credit worthiness and transaction size and volume can choose a method which is convenient for both parties. End of the day the risk has to be mutually shared, but in todays competitive market place, it is usually the seller on the receiving end. In order to win the business at any cost, most of them tend to ignore different options available and agree on the buyer dictated terms to win the business.

 

Barriers For SMEs Entering International Markets

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Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) & Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) form the back bone of economic activity in all countries around the world. In this multi-part series, we explore the common barriers SMEs face in entering International markets and ways to mitigate risks.

Some of the Top Barriers for any MSME/SME today to enter International Market are as listed below:

1. Meeting export product quality/standards/specifications.

2. Shortage of working capital to finance exports

3. Inability to contact potential overseas customers

4. Identifying foreign business opportunities

5. Unfamiliar foreign business practices

6. Unfamiliar exporting procedures/paperwork

Though the barriers can vary from country to country, these are some of the most common across the world. Majority of Small and Medium Businesses tend to focus their business to local or domestic markets. Staying in the known local market is lesser risk than entering into unknown markets with lot of variables to consider and requires capability to handle challenges in serving foreign markets from finance to managerial risks.

With the advent of social media and whatsapp mode of communication channels, it has simplified communication with customers/prospects in any part of the world,  but language as well as the local rules and regulations, the geographical distance, FX-volatility  are not to be under estimated.

The local way of doing business,  cultural conventions will need a learning curve for any MSME/SME that has not done any business in the new foreign market. So the MSME/SME would have to either hire consulting services to gain expertise or learn at the risk of doing mistakes and early failures in few deals.

There have been many instances of MSME/SME having failed and lost time and capital by approaching lucrative foreign markets without proper due diligence and planning. Selling in international markets needs careful planning and risk assessment. Return On Investment, which MSME/SME have to take in to account with shipping lead times,customer acceptance and payment terms, it could take a B2B transaction to be financially realized from 30 to 150 days depending on the market/region and payment terms. Without sufficient working capital backing, most MSME/SMEs will not have liquidity to manage cash flow and make follow on investments, which is crucial for MSME/SME to invest and grow at the same time.

It would also be prudent for MSME/SME exporters to be sufficiently insured by export credit risk insurance schemes provided by most Governments (For example, ECGC Limited in India) which provide credit risk insurance policies for exporters against loss in export of goods and services and payment defaults.

There are several other risks and factors, which we will cover in detail the next series of blogs. B2BSphere is helping MSME/SME to overcome some of the early barriers with expert advice and ecosystem backed by experts in International trade. It is a unique effort to showcase products and services of SMEs to international buyers with minimum risks for all the partners.

 

B2B Products Marketplace for Global Business Buyers and Suppliers

INTRODUCING B2BSPHERE PRODUCTS STORE FOR SUPPLIERS TO LIST THEIR PRODUCTS AND BUYERS TO MAKE A PURCHASE ONLINE

 

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B2BSphere now supports Products Store for making Global B2B purchasing as simple as a Local B2C Ecommerce Purchase. Below are highlights of the recent release.

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  • Suppliers can upload their products information including pricing for buyers to make an online purchase.
  • When Buyers make a purchase, it is automatically converted into a Commercial purchase Order for the supplier to accept the terms of the PO and Acknowledge the PO.
  • Buyer’s payment is deposited into B2BSphere Escrow account, visible for both buyer and supplier.
  • Once the supplier ships the product and buyer is happy with the product received, he can release the payment to the supplier from the escrow account.
  • All transactions on B2BSphere are assured through our trade protection assurance.

Do not hesitate to contact our support team 24/7.  Sign up today for B2BSphere.com product store and increase your business opportunities worldwide. Contact us today at info@b2bsphere.com to list your products and for your sourcing requirements.

 

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~ The B2BSphere Team

Simplifying International Sourcing Complexities

International sourcing comes with lot of risks from start to finish unless, buyers can take all precautions from the start. The biggest bottleneck for any international buyer is getting the complete details about the supplier capabilities, qualification, legal verification, communication options with the supplier.

Having worked with buyers and suppliers over last few decades, we have realized that too much time and resources are spent by buyers to make sure the supplier is qualified and has the capability to fulfill the contract in discussion and ensuring all the check points are verified to ensure the supply chain to function smoothly as they engage.

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