A Web-Based Garment Configuration for Mass Customization
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Online shopping is a form of e-commerce which allows customers to directly buy goods from a seller over the internet, using personal computers, smart phones, etc. This monograph deals with the development of an e-commerce website for an online shopping of different types of female clothing, which provides the user with a catalogue or vogue glossary of different types of colours, products, and styles available for purchase in the store. The online shopping project was developed to allow a garment-making business to grow larger and faster and also to reduce the stress of visiting local fashion homes by working-class females. It essentially aimed at allowing working-class women within Ekpoma locality to view and order garment (product) online at their convenience, giving their own measurements. The web site displays different types of locally-made Africa clothing and designs, which could be delivered to the costumers in a short duration of time. The online shopping application is designed from a user point-of-view. The user-friendly design helps the users in accomplishing their tasks with ease. Care was taken to keep the design simple and understandable. The screens were designed in ADOBE DREAMWAVER and the business logic was written in CSS, JAVA SCRIPT, and PHP, MYSQL. The total lines of code written in this application are Java, CSS AND PHP. The modules are as listed: 1. Registration (new users); 2. Login; 3. Select category; 4. View products in vogue glossary; 5. Price list 6; Purchasing and mode of payment; 7. Input correct measurements; and 8. Mode of delivery. The application has been implemented and tested to improve the economy and reduce stress of working-class women going to local fashion homes for amendment after shopping of apparel or clothing in Ekpoma locality in Nigeria. Also, it allows them to make their own choice of materials to be used for their choice of style or design, using their own measurements. In so doing, the research produced a prototype web-based garment configuration for mass customization. It also provided a new system that could reduce both the problems and limitations of the existing production processes in the female garment-making industry and it is hoped that the study would open up new vistas of research interfaces between computer science and fashion studies.
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