Coats Digital innovation

Coats Digital, a technology arm of the Coats Group, won two awards in the Innovation and Environmental categories in the 2024 Just Style Excellence Awards for their cutting-edge software solution, GSDCost.

The Just Style Excellence Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations in the industry. Powered by the business intelligence of GlobalData, the programme provides a platform to recognise the people and companies that are driving change in the industry.

Coats Digital won the Innovation award for the GSDCost’s transformative impact on the apparel industry, streamlining costing, enhancing supply chain collaboration, and enabling data-driven decision-making. It won the Environmental award for optimising garment production to reduce waste and energy consumption, and advocating ethical labour practices, aligning with global ESG criteria.

Digitising apparel costing and capacity forecasting with innovative software

GSDCost by Coats Digital

GSDCost has transformed garment manufacturing by replacing outdated analogue methods with a scientific, data-driven solution. The software’s 39 predetermined motion codes and International Standard Time Benchmarks for method analysis ensure precise time and cost calculations. This innovative approach has led to significant reductions in Standard-Minute-Values (SMVs) and productivity increases, as evidenced by case studies from leading manufacturers like Shanghai Jiale, Son Ha Garment, and ODLO.

The digitisation of these processes not only optimises operations, but also fosters a common language and standards for brands and manufacturers. This facilitates transparent and efficient negotiations, leading to a more collaborative and streamlined supply chain. The integration of GSDCost with other digital solutions provides a feedback loop for continuous optimisation, further enhancing the resilience and adaptability of businesses to market dynamics.

Sustainable fashion manufacturing: Reducing waste and carbon footprint

Coats Digital Fair Wage tool

GSDCost’s impact extends beyond operational efficiency to address the pressing issue of environmental sustainability within the fashion supply chain. By enabling accurate production planning, the software contributes to reduced waste and resource consumption, which is crucial for the industry’s transition to more sustainable practices. The Fair Wage Tool within GSDCost ensures ethical labour practices by aligning with international fair wage legislation, promoting social sustainability alongside environmental responsibility.

The software’s ability to improve product quality through standardised garment construction methods results in fewer defects and less waste. Additionally, the increased productivity and reduced energy consumption associated with GSDCost’s implementation contribute to a lower carbon footprint for manufacturers, aligning with the industry’s decarbonisation efforts.

Transforming fashion supply chain collaboration for greater transparency

GSDCost has been instrumental in enhancing collaboration within the fashion supply chain. The software’s standardised benchmarks and common language enable brands and manufacturers to engage in fact-based negotiations, fostering a more transparent and efficient garment manufacturing process. This level of collaboration is critical for the industry to address the challenges of geo-political uncertainty, increased costs, and evolving consumer demands.

The recent addition of unique features that allow brands to source, secure, and compare Cost-to-Make submissions from suppliers further enhances transparency and decision-making. This functionality empowers brands to create a master overview of productivity outputs, machinery capabilities, ethical compliance, and fair wage practices of their vendor partners, facilitating a more informed and strategic approach to sourcing.

Leading the digital transformation in textile industry

Coats Digital sustainable fashion

The introduction of GSDCost represents a significant milestone in the digital transformation of the apparel industry. Coats Digital’s commitment to revolutionising the fashion supply chain through superior SaaS solutions has positioned GSDCost as a leader in the space. The software’s innovative features and proven return on investment (ROI) for customers underscore the potential for digital technology to reshape the industry, making it more resilient, sustainable, and responsive to global challenges.

Company Profile

Coats Digital logo

Coats Digital is the software business of Coats Group plc and is the leading digital transformation partner for the fashion supply chain, powering sustainable processes and high value insights through connected technologies. They leverage deep industry and technology expertise to help brands and manufacturers optimise, connect, and accelerate business critical processes from design and development to method-time-cost optimisation, production planning and control, fabric optimisation, and shop floor execution.

Used in over 3,000 factories globally, their unmatched end-to-end apparel, footwear and textile software and SaaS solutions improve agility, speed to market, efficiency, transparency, and sustainability.

Contact Details

Coats Digital

The Pavilions

Bridgwater Road


BS13 8FD, UK