Globally recognised time-cost industry standard for apparel brands and manufacturers

GSDCost is the international standard for establishing and optimising accurate method-time-cost benchmarks for garment costing optimisation and sustainable manufacturing excellence.

GSDCost supports a more collaborative, transparent and sustainable supply chain, in which brands and manufacturers establish and optimise ‘International Standard Time Benchmarks’ using standard motion codes and predetermined times. This use of a common language and standards supports accurate cost prediction, fact based negotiation, and a more efficient garment manufacturing process, putting people and fair wages at the heart of the fashion supply chain. GSDCost is proven to:

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Standardised and optimised method and times improve costing, capacity planning, line balancing and productivity.

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Buyers and suppliers share common language and standards, supporting design for value and win-win negotiation.

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Accurate SMVs improve planning and line balancing, supporting smoother, faster flow and improved OTDP.

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Reinforce CSR

Standardised methods and sustainable times support worker motivation, retention, performance and fair wages.

GSDCost helps you boost profits

Calculate garment SMV’s accurately with the trusted industry software for method, time and cost improvements. Increase your profits through enhanced collaboration and transparency across the supply chain with GSDCost.


Typical business benefits

5 %

Reduction in SMVs

+5 %

Increase in productivity

+10 %

Improvement in OTDP

“GSDCost helped us to boost and align our efficiency globally. We can now use more accurate information in our business, improving our sewing method and standardising the sewing process.”

General Manager,
PT. Sumber Bintang Rejeki
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How it works

Scientific and objective methods analysis

GSDCost is a scientific and objective Methods Analysis process which creates a Method Standard to help establish and optimise ‘International Standard Time Benchmarks’ for all sewn products, using standard motion codes and predetermined times.

It establishes International Time Standards by applying the appropriate Predetermined Motion Codes to each step in the Method Standard.

These 39 Motion Codes, can be used as building blocks to create thousands of operations and features and unlimited product styles.

Key processes powered by GSDCost

  • Blue icon with stop watch Pre-determined time-motion database

    GSDCost’s core pre-determined time-motion database harnesses the power of the scientific analysis of human motion in 39 Motion Codes, each with its associated international standard time or standard minute value (SMV). These motion codes are used as building blocks and support the creation 1,000s of operations, features and unlimited product styles, allowing businesses to create their own standard methods database based on accurate, efficient and sustainable manufacturing methods.

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  • Blue icon of 3 files on a desktop computer Global standard data libraries

    Global standard data libraries developed for specific product types (e.g. intimates, jersey knit leisure and athleisure), come pre-built with standardised components and typical operations used in the manufacture of these product types, providing businesses with the opportunity to leverage established industry standards to accelerate the costing process and development of their own standard database.

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  • Blue icon of dress with outline of elements to represent tech pack Create for value

    GSDCost is used at an early stage in the product development cycle enabling design and cost variations to be assembled and assessed, and the optimum price/performance balance achieved as part of a cost and value comparison.

    Design teams can explore various ‘what-if’ scenarios with various product components to reduce the associated labour/ manufacturing costs and achieve a lower ‘in store’ price points, and additional margin opportunities.

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  • Blue icon of a sewing machine Design for manufacture

    Combining creativity with manufacturability, GSDCost uses standard components within category-specific data libraries, which are derived from the core GSDCost database used in a Manufacturing environment. Consequently, the resulting cost estimates represent a product which can actually be achieved in a factory environment.

    This eliminates multiple sampling rounds and costly re-design activity, ensuring delivery compliance and time to market reduction opportunities.

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  • Blue icon of two speech bubbles with dollar sign Fact based costing & negotiation

    GSDCost is often utilised as a part of a strategic sourcing initiative whereby partnership negotiations become a positive ‘win-win’ using GSDCost’s scientific costing methodologies.

    The target garment minutes, factory efficiencies and cost per minute can all be pre-agreed, resulting in a reduction in the costing cycle time and the optimum sustainable costs.

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  • blue icon of rosette with tick Manufacturing excellence

    Vendors trained practitioners can use GSDCost as a method improvement tool to investigate the detail of the analysis, and to identify opportunities for improvement which, once approved, are saved as new updated versions of the analysis.

    Method and time standardisation provides strong foundations for optimising each operation in the production line to improve the current method and boost overall productivity.

    Standardised garment construction methods also improve consistency of product quality, resulting in fewer defects.

    GSDCost supports the accurate SMV values which are essential for accurate capacity planning and line balancing, supporting a smoother production flow, increased efficiency and improved OTDP.

    With accurate and optimised method standards, manufacturers with GSDCost are able to plan with more confidence, shortening ‘learning curves’ for new styles and achieving a smoother production flow, which is increasingly critical to driving efficiency and on time delivery in the face of smaller production runs.

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  • Icon for profitability and wage Fair wages

    The globalised fair wage tool brings a new level of visibility and transparency to discussions on time, cost and compliance. Combining the international standard minute value (SMV) to produce any given style, with detailed factory efficiencies, contracted hours and the agreed wage rate, allows brands and manufacturers to quickly agree the wage allowance for any given order, in any factory in the world, and benchmark this against international fair wage standards. This ensures high standards of corporate & social responsibility (CSR) and ethical compliance for brand and manufacturer.

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What our customers say

Delivering real results

OLDO implies Coats Digital’s GSDCost method analysis

Sportswear brand, ODLO, increases productivity by 10% with GSDCost

GSDCost has enabled ODLO to optimise profit margins, secure new business and enhance team members’ motivation and earning capacity

4 employees from PT. Sumbiri looking at calculations on piece of paper

PT. Sumbiri boosts productivity by 13% with GSDCost

GSDCost allows PT. Sumbiri to create accurate method standard for production, to help establish & optimise international standard time benchmarks & accurate SMVs.

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GSDCost implementation is the catalyst for change at Sabrina

By using GSDCost, the innovative garment manufacturer, has increased productivity efficiencies by 15% as well as significantly improving methods.

Why choose GSDCost?

GSDCost is a SaaS solution with a globalised fair wage tool and digital feedback loop which takes time-cost benchmarking, costing optimisation and method improvement to a new level and places people at the heart of the recovery from the global pandemic.


The globally acknowledged method-time manufacturing standard trusted by fashion brands and manufacturers around the world.


Proven as the basis for establishing accurate method, time and cost standards, and then driving sustainable improvements.


Supports accurate costing, improves productivity, reduces defects and improves on-time delivery performance.


Standardised methods and sustainable times improve workers lives, motivation, retention, performance and fair wages.

GSDCost-Method time cost solution

Drive a transparent and sustainable supply chain with GSDCost

The Globally trusted industry benchmark for apparel brands – GSDCost helps your business grow.

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