Garment pre-production activities are planned and executed by people, not computer programs, yet the critical path approach ignores this human factor. The critical chain concept, however, recognises and plans for delays in resource availability - and crucially helps to deliver orders faster. This feature, by Swati Gupta, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Prabir Jana and Dr Alistair Knox looks at supply chain dynamics in Indian apparel export manufacturing.