|Apparel Resources has always been more than a magazine for its readers from apparel and textile industry… More often than not, it has been referred to as a ‘knowledge platform’.|
|A platform, which besides bringing the textile and apparel supply partners on to the pages of the magazine, also does articles which are current and analytical to help the industry to re-stategise, make contacts and identify new and latest products and markets. Apparel Resources also organises many knowledge workshops/seminars, conducts surveys and research on institutes to keep the industry better informed.|
|The Apparel Sourcing Week 2019 is one such event being organised by Apparel Resources which will bring together the key manufacturers from Bangladesh, Vietnam, India and China closer to the Indian retail market. Besides, it will entail six focused seminars spread over two days, hosted by curated panel of industry experts. The discussions will ensue topics which have wide ranging, far reaching implications with regard to ease of buying and sourcing and will excite every stakeholder.|
|For a retailer, the most critical question is, ‘Where should I source from’ Debating on its possibilities, the seminar ‘The Go-To Destinations....Where & Why?’ will see expert speakers from Bangladesh and Vietnam unfold the strengths of each country as a sourcing destination and why a particular product is best sourced from a specific country in terms of range, price, quality and manufacturing excellence.|
|While retailers look at where to source from, manufacturers weigh the future business opportunities before entering any new market. The session on ‘The Future of Fashion Retail in India - The challenges and opportunities’, is specially designed to laydown the realities of Indian retail. The session will have experts of Indian retail talk about the challenges in fashion retail and branding, their challenges faced to go global and how Indian brands are geared to compete with global brands selling in multiple countries.|
|Despite the opportunities, conducting international business that too in an emerging market brings with itself many queries on the procedure of conducting business. The seminar ‘Ease of Fashion Imports: Steer your way through logistics, banking, customs and visa’ is aimed at answering many of the questions that exhibiting companies would like to know. This session will have speakers ranging from logistic suppliers, logistic professionals at retailers, banking officials handling EXIM transactions to customs officials clearly defining the procedures and addressing the pain-points.|
|A few seminars at Apparel Sourcing Week will also talk about the future opportunities in retail, including e-retailing. The seminar ‘Winning at E-Com: Balance online & offline manufacturing’ will give a deep insight into the importance of being omni-channel. A presentation on what these platforms expect and how do they source would be enriching for the participants. Similarly for another futuristic concept, a panel discussion on ‘Opportunity Buying: Convert ‘opportunity buying’ into business opportunity in fast-fashion’ will prepare manufacturers to gear themselves up for products that are required to be delivered in less than a month. Opportunity buying is unique to Indian retail and is a growing opportunity area.|
|Also, in – store at the Apparel Sourcing Week 2019 is a panel discussion on the products, quantities, sourcing strategies and delivery expectation of both the Indian and International brands sourcing for Indian stores, entitled ‘Sourcing Shake-Up: Sourcing strategy for Indian & International retailers and brands in India’. Filling the gap which lies between what retailers/brands expect and what manufacturers deliver, this session will also highlight the preparedness of retailers to source internationally.|
|Through these highly proactive seminars, Apparel Sourcing Week will effectually address the various concerns and queries on both the buying and manufacturing side of retail. Expect two stimulating days of industry interaction!|
Apparel Sourcing Week 2019, a two-day Sourcing Show not only provides the Asian manufacturers a platform to showcase their products & manufacturing capabilities to the Brands & Retailers from India and abroad, but also extends them a chance to attend the multiple seminars (headed by industry experts) organised during these two days, which would help the manufacturers get a better understanding of Indian Retail and its workings.
Apparel Resources is well known for its benchmark publications – Apparel Online, StitchWorld and Resource Guide published from India, Bangladesh & Vietnam. These publications have been around in the industry for over 35 years, supporting, guiding and standing by garment exporters and the retail industry globally, providing them a platform to source better.