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Press Release 17 December 2020

ASW Marketplace Presents Industry Expert Packed Conference Agenda

As the momentum of the Marketplace picks up, since its launch on 2nd December, the 2-day Conference on 16-17 December is the first major engagement activity to watch out for. These two days are packed with well-known expert speakers from various domains in the fashion industry and interesting topics that will be industry-oriented and futuristic.
With a lineup of 8-sessions, spread over two days, 4 on each day, the conference has a balanced mix of Panel Discussions, Workshops, Masterclasses and Trend Sessions from some of the best names in the business. While the industry may claim to have had their share of ‘knowledge’ forums over the last 8 months, the ASW team has collaborated with experts to ensure that each topic is not just backed by authentic opinions but is also practical and relevant. A lot of effort has gone into selecting the subjects and the speakers.
Registration for limited seats on each session is open and professionals can log on to to request passes both for the Marketplace and the various sessions. All details of time, speakers and session brief are available on the agenda page of the Marketplace. The 8 topics under discussion are as below:
Panel Discussion: Reinventing Supply Chain Collaborations Between
Bangladesh And India
In general, routes for trades are easily accessible for both Bangladesh as well as India, but many challenges exist which have marred the growth of collaboration between the two countries along the supply chain. The requirements of the customers are also changing and the need to work with a robust and predictable supply chain is extremely important. The panel will discuss the various shifts and possibilities for better synergy.
Masterclass: Creating Collections In The New Normal -
Sara Fanning, Head- Design & Curation, Ajio
Sara will be talking about product development in the new normal. She will run the audience through the process of the do’s and don’ts of design and how to create for a new consumer who is conscious and cautious of what he/she is buying. The question that will be majorly addressed is “What are the key points to watch out for and how different is planning a collection today than it was in the post-pandemic period?”
Workshop: Brand- Supplier Partnership For Driving Supply-Chain Performance - Dr. Rajesh Bheda, CEO and
Managing Director, Rajesh Bheda Consulting
The need for partnership between brands and suppliers has become even more relevant due to the pandemic. While the industry explores the ways to bounce back, there is a lot that can be done collectively to improve the supply chain performance. In this session, Dr.Bheda will share case studies on how collaborative solutions have resulted in significant improvement and how these can be leveraged in future.
Trend Session: ‘Future Consumer - Influence on Retail in 2021’- Erick Smet, Senior Trend Analyst at TrendWatching – Amsterdam
Events of 2020 have had a fundamental impact on consumers’ lives. Erick will examine 7 basic human needs heightened by the pandemic and other events: health & wellbeing, connection, convenience, peace of mind, entertainment, trust and fairness. What trends have emerged will be contextualised with innovations from the fashion industry and/ or the region. This way the insights will have both a global scope, as well as local implications.
Panel Discussion: Preferred supplier In The New Normal
The premise and basic needs of the global sourcing process has shifted. What are the shifts and lessons from the pandemic …how has that impacted the buyer-supplier relation? And in this new context how would buyers define a preferred supplier…is it any different from the pre-Covid times? What about the new norms and testing requirements?
Workshop: Speed To Market With Technology - Gunish Jain, CEO, BlueKaktus
Gunish Jain, CEO, BlueKaktus, who has over 22 years of experience in the fashion industry will be sharing his valuable insights on how a critical combination of technology and innovation can achieve faster speed to market in the apparel business. BlueKaktus brings a strategic change in the lead times by optimising the entire supply chain. Join in to know how…
Trend session: WGSN's S/S ’22 Forecast for Men's, Women's and Kids -
Puneet Dudeja Sales Director - South Asia WGSN
Puneet will explore one of WGSN's Trend Concepts for S/S ’22 – Euphoric. Also under discussion are Future Drivers 2023, wherein WGSN identifies seven global drivers that will reshape the macroeconomic and business landscape in 2023, and provides key strategies that businesses can get into action today for future success. Under Future Innovations 2023, WGSN identifies 12 need-to-know areas of innovation so that you can future-proof your business and prepare for key changes within culture, design and technology.
Masterclass: New Directions in Sourcing - Anindya Ray, EVP and
Chief Sourcing Officer, Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited
All aspects of the fashion supply chain have taken a hit and seen shifts in the last one year, as the retail industry went topsy-turvy, and sourcing is no different. Anindya will talk about how sourcing in fashion is evolving and what will be some of the key changes that the industry will see/ can expect to see over the next few years in the sourcing cycle. Adjustments need to be made and made fast as the future is here, in fact the future is now.

About Apparel Sourcing Week

Apparel Sourcing Week (ASW) platform is aligned to the changing dynamics of the industry, moving in pace with evolving and shifting world trade of apparel sourcing while also acknowledging the changing needs and wants of the customer.

To facilitate the seamless process of sourcing for greater transparency and reach, the ASW platform offers the industry three independent verticals – Big Show, Marketplace, and V-Expo – to enhance business opportunities for all players in the fashion retail chain, in an environment of networking, knowledge, and inspiration. With the three verticals, the supplier has marketing opportunities all around the year like never before, while the buyer has multiple avenues to search his perfect sourcing partner from South Asia.

About the Organiser

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.

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