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Amazon Surprises Customers with New Patent

May 4, 2017

According to Re/Code, Amazon has been awarded a patent for an on-demand manufacturing system that can quickly produce clothing once a customer places an order. The system would consist of textile printers, cutters, an assembly line and cameras to photograph garments for future feedback. In an effort to increase efficiency, the apparel items would be manufactured in batches based on factors, like customer shipping address. Once various textile products are printed, cut and assembled according to the orders, they can be processed through a quality check, photographed for placement in an electronic commerce system, shipped to customers and/or stored in a materials handling facility for order fulfillment. By aggregating orders from various geographic locations and coordinating apparel assembly processes on a large scale, the embodiments provide new ways to increase efficiency in apparel manufacturing.” Amazon applied for the patent in 2015, and as of now, there’s no word on whether or not Amazon plans to bring this factory into fruition. However, its investors feel this computerized system could work with other categories, such as bedding, footwear, curtains and towels.