|Knowledge sharing platforms add an edge to ASW ’19 for both exhibitors and visitors
|One of the biggest crowd-pullers at ASW ’19 were the various interactive platforms that were an amalgamation of learning and sharing. While the audience got an opportunity to hear some of the best minds from the retail and manufacturing industry, the panellists were challenged by the questions thrown at them and the level of professionals that attended the forums. “The panel discussion was truly amazing and enriching. Even for me as a moderator, I revisited a lot of the paradigms that I had thought I had disrupted,” said a very satisfied Mohit Dhanjal, Director – Retail, Raymond Ltd.
|Many visitors really appreciated the fact that ASW gave equal importance to the knowledge platforms and each of them was well thought out and executed and were not just add-ons to attract visitors. Summing up the feedback from many senior professionals that attended ASW, Rakhi Vashisht, Head of Raw Material - India Subcontinent, Middle East & AGOA countries at VF Corporation said, “I was very happy with the event. Really loved how equal importance was given to the exhibition and the seminars and panel discussions. Would love to be a part of future events organised by Apparel Resources. Without doubt, ASW ’19 was an experience I look forward to repeat."
|The way the show turned out to be left its lasting impression on the event people too who are generally believed to know the market. “We are meeting the best people in the industry here. The panellists are amazing and very interesting and the whole experience has been insightful for me. This is a very big platform where I am getting the sense of where the things are, how the technology is playing a role in retail. And it’s very well-organised; you know what is happening where and there is always somebody everywhere to ask if I don’t get something. So, I am loving the overall experience,” averred Karan, who is a Plus-size Influencer and prefers to be known by his name not surname!
|Many of the sourcing teams found the dual experience of meeting manufacturers that have expertise in international business as also meeting the industry, very fruitful. Said Kunal Pant, GM, Reliance Retail Ltd, “I was hoping to see vendors open to certain denims, vendors open to smaller MOQs, vendors into certain fast fashion, and I found them. The cherry on the cake for me was the Fashion Snoops session; it was very insightful and interesting for Spring/Summer ’20. Getting a different perspective from industry standards and from WGSN was great. To sum up, it was a good show."
|The enthusiasm was so great that many suggested after sessions to talk with the panellists. As suggested by Jimesh Vakharia, E-commerce Head at Beverly Hills Polo Club, India, “Really liked the sessions, but found them too crowded and would have liked it better if there was time for one-on-one discussion post the session.” .
|Coming to the exhibitors, most of them attended all the knowledge forums and appreciated the enlightening discussions.The vendor sessions in particular were a huge draw for the exhibitors. “It was great to understand what is happening in retail as also the expectations of retail leaders in India like Reliance and Myntra, both of which are doing a good amount of work in Bangladesh,” said Mainuddin Ahmed, Director, Anowara Group.
|Summing up the sentiments of a majority of participants from Bangladesh, Siddiqur Rahman, President BGMEA at the time of ASW ’19 show said, “We have received positive feedback from the participants and the various knowledge sharing platforms only enhanced the experience. Apparel Resources has delivered a truly international event that has set a benchmark. "
Apparel Sourcing Week 2023, a two-days Sourcing Show not only provides the Asian manufacturers a platform to showcase their products & manufacturing capabilities to the Brands & Retailers from all over the world including India, but also extends them a chance to attend the multiple seminars (headed by industry experts), workshops, open-house discussions and networking opportunities organised during these three days, which would help the manufacturers get a better understanding of Indian and International Retail and evolving dynamics of sourcing in various markets and retail formats.
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.