Offer two suggestions, supported by facts and logic, on how to make design changes to cut cost without losing out on quality.

The sales of a leading teen store, G & J's, are slumping because its female customers are beginning to shop at M's, an upscale discounter that offers outfits that are similar in style but run about $10 cheaper. As the floor manager at G & J's, you need to bring the customers back and get them to spend their cash on your products.

Offer four suggestions, supported by facts and logic, on how to make design changes to cut cost without losing out on quality.

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One design change you can make is to take a page from car manufacturers. You get economies of scale when you can use interchangeable components in several models of car. Similarly, you can look at, for example, using identical buttons on many different blouses, or selling the identical model of blue jeans but with different color and trim, so that while you still appear to be offering variety in your clothing, you are actually using a smaller number of components.

Next, you can investigate using less expensive fabrics in your designs. Certain bamboo textiles have the advantage of being eco-friendly and marketable as such to a fashion forward audience, while actually costing less than silk or wool. You also should follow currency fluctuations carefully to see if certain equal quality suppliers have become less or more expensive due to exchange rates.

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