Don't throw out those spreadsheets, yet. We fast track your LINK implementation by importing configuration data from your existing spreadsheets or systems. Spreadsheet templates with your suppliers, BOMs, users, labs, and test program configuration data (sample types/names, categories, test groups/items, methods, test parameters, units of measure, specifications/limits), along with any special usage or contents (product finishes, age grading, skin contact, destination country).


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LINK is designed to do most of the heavy lifting for you and your supply chain partners. Some smaller third-party labs may lack automation or otherwise find it challenging to enter/upload lab data in a timely manner. We work with many of the largest independent testing lab networks and can recommend labs that integrate with LINK. Our business analysts can prepare management and investor reports as well.





Tariff wars, rising labor costs, a shifting supply chain. There is no better time to roll out automation, quality, and process improvements. Any changes you make to your supply chain will have no effect on your LINK Services implementation. We make it as risk-free and painless as possible, in four simple steps:


A UX expert maps your workflow and develops clickable prototypes for your approval before we start configuration and development.


A weekly sprint review will be conducted with stakeholders to review progress and solicit input at each stage.


User acceptance testing (UAT) and system administrator training are conducted in the final stage prior to deployment.


The system is launched into a pilot phase or full production, depending on project complexity.


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The project starts with a survey of your sustainability, risk management, and/or quality program requirements. Some of the questions we'll cover include:
  • • How long has your program been in place?
  • • How are you managing the data?
  • • What management reports and charts do you produce from the data, and how are they shared across the organization and supply chain?
  • • How many suppliers do you have and how much do you know about the factories, subcontractors, and other vendor partners in the chain?
  • • Which labs do you use and do you maintain only the test reports or the actual analytical results from within those reports?
Depending on the goals of your project, a detailed requirements analysis may be necessary. From the survey and/or requirements analysis, a statement of work will be developed, detailing project scope, budget, and timeline.
Product Compliance Restricted Substance List (RSL) Test Program in LINK Services


We will study your test program requirements and configure LINK's workflow to manage those requirements from test request through results reporting. For apparel/footwear and related compliance testing programs, we will start from your existing test program/specifications spreadsheets, or, if preferred, from pre-configured programs modeled after the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Restricted Substances List or AFIRM Group RSL standards. Multiple sets of standards can be configured for different material types, finishes/treatments, age/usage grades, export regulations, or any other variables that affect the testing requirements or limits.

RSL workflow example


Product Quality and Performance Test Program Implementation in LINK Services


Your product testing manual is transformed into a "test matrix" spreadsheet, which is then uploaded to LINK to establish your test program configuration. All your material and finished goods quality/performance standards are reflected in the test package selection and lab results screens, along with data collection worksheets if your lab chooses to record data onto paper prior to data entry/upload. We apply subject matter experts and over two decades of lab testing experience to each and every implementation.

Product Component Breakdown in Link Services Software

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While LINK is highly configurable, we expect non-programmers to be able to configure and maintain the system. Leave the complex programming to us, or utilize your own programmers to connect to LINK's secure microservices. We frequently develop custom functions, reports, dashboard elements, worksheets, validation rules, and integrations to help our clients further optimize their testing programs and automation.
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Supply Chain Management in LINK Services by Green Arrow Labs


Most often, you (or your system administrator) will provide "first line" support to your LINK users. For smaller supply chains, this requires minimal time and resources and may involve initiating retests and corrective action through LINK and responding to occasional emails from users. For larger, multi-tier supply chains and multiple testing laboratories, more input will be required and you may consider offloading this support and system administration to our Help Desk team. We can respond directly to your users and provide access to our online support tracking system. We can maintain your test program configurations, bills of materials, user management, and all other routine system administration duties.


We can also provide supplier benchmarking and scorecards, manage corrective action communications, review supplier self-certification applications for brand approval, and even administer supplier surveys to solicit feedback on further refining and improving your product testing programs.


Perhaps the most challenging problem in product compliance management is having the ability to reliably capture, interpret, and share product, material, and supplier performance data from multiple, dissimilar data sources. These data can originate with manufacturing facilities, raw material providers, laboratories, and retailer business systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product life cycle management (PLM) systems. All major laboratories offer a customer portal for initiating test requests and receiving test results, but rarely do retailers, brands, or other data end-users contract with only a single lab, or exchange PLM data with their lab(s). We optimize your product testing programs through integrations that harmonize cross-laboratory data into a standard format, with consistent rules for determining the pass/fail conclusion. Comparing results across multiple labs is simplified because LINK enforces standardization in parameter names, test methods, test items/groups, reporting limits, significant figures, units of measure, and, most importantly, the specification limits/requirements.




LINK Services is a web-based application delivered under the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud computing model. The application, operating system, database, and entire computing infrastructure (beyond the user's machine, browser, and local internet connection) are covered by your SaaS agreement. LINK is hosted in a Green Arrow Labs/Microsoft-hosted Azure cloud in a Microsoft-managed SOC3-certified data center located in the Eastern United States. LINK is deployed across private, dedicated virtual machines on a private virtual network and subnets. Hardware, power, cooling, firewall, SAN storage, physical security and other infrastructure-related services are provided by Microsoft, along with technical support services on the infrastructure. Response times (SLAs) include both IaaS- and application-related support services, with service levels based on subscription plan.