|The much-awaited Apparel Sourcing Week (ASW) is back with a new edition that has many additional features. From an expanded line-up of manufacturers from countries like Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China, besides participants from India and Bangladesh, to more knowledge and networking platforms - the three-day event is expected to attract around 10,000 visitors from India and abroad representing the global retail industry.|
|As a show that bridges the sourcing gap between the Asian manufacturers and global buyers with special emphasis on Indian retail, Apparel Sourcing Week, scheduled to be held on 20-21-22 February 2020, at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru, is the first-ever premier global sourcing platform in India.|
|Why exhibit... The reasons are too many to ignore!|
|ASW is backed by a credible organiser. This unique concept has been conceptualised and presented by Apparel Resources, the publisher of the widely read and respected magazines: Apparel Online India, Apparel Online Bangladesh, Apparel Online Vietnam and StitchWorld. With such diversified presence,the organisation is taking the lead in tapping the vibrancy of Asia as a manufacturing and prospective market destination.|
|Besides, India as a sourcing hub is strategically located. Open economy, vibrant culture and political stability with English as the official language makes the country an ideal choice of international brands and retailersfor their sourcing needs from South East Asia. A plethora of international buyers and manufacturers from all major consumption centres and manufacturing destinations frequently visit India to create collections and source fabric, yarns and other fashion accessories.|
|Exhibitors at ASW will get a chance to interact with global sourcing teams from various international retailers and brands. Through the show’s specially designed ‘Buyers’ programme’ being introduced this time, ASW is expected to attract good number of direct buyers looking to work with factories in this region. In additional, exhibitors can tap international brands/retailers through buying offices, as India is home to many of them working with international wholesalers and importers. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these potential buyers as they search for new vendors!|
|Significantly, companies that exhibit, will feel the pulse of one of the booming fashion and retail markets. Sized at US $ 45 billion and projected to reach US $ 115 billion by 2026, Indian retail is driven by a strength of 1.2 billion people with an average age of 29, having the purchasing power to make the country the fourth largest economy and a preferred market for manufacturing nations.|
|Besides the bricks-and-mortar stores, there are numerous online fashion retailers that are looking to source for their in-house labels and brands that they manage. There are also options to sell own brands/labels through supplier programs… get to know about all these new avenues of growth.|
|It is critical to understand that local Indian retailers/brands, international retailers/brands and the growing digital platform for fashion, together create a dynamic market that is yet to realise its potential. By participating at ASW 2020, the doors to these lesser travelled roads are opened for progressive and ambitious companies to venture into.|
|ASW ’20 will not only provide an opportunity to the exhibitors to showcase their company’s products and manufacturing capabilities but will also give them access to over 30 interactive knowledge and inspiration platforms to understand the evolving retail industry. They will also see latest collections in fabrics and accessories from manufacturers and suppliers of the region. What could be a better way to initiate product development for the next season?|
|With an invitation-only networking platform, exhibitors will get to discuss business deals over dinners, lunch and recreational activities planned at the event. ASW will keep the buzz going with many such exclusive initiatives.|
Apparel Sourcing Week 2020, a three-day 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.