AGENDA 2022

The consumer of today is very selective and also conscious of why he/she is making a certain purchase. Customization, quick delivery, price and nature care are factors which are playing on the mind of customers while garment selection.

Understandably, the retailer and the brands are exploring new ways to know their customer more intimately. Buying / Sourcing / Merchandising / Designing teams with the retailers and brands, run by enterprising managers are critical links to the entire process of selecting the right design, right product and right vendor who can connect with the needs of the end customer.
14:00 - 15:00
PANEL DISCUSSION

UPCYCLING- THE NEW FRONTIER FOR SUSTAINABILITY

With climate change becoming a growing concern, the fashion industry has come under the microscope for its unsustainable practices. The fashion industry contributed 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 which is 4% of the global total. Based on recent studies, the industry is on a path... ... xperts which includes operational changes and upcycling strategies. Brands have undertaken the post-consumer upcycling initiative with the wearable waste through the take back schemes. These schemes are further popularized by Gen Z with channels of thrift shopping and product afterlife enhancement.

Why- The fashion industry needs to change its practices to stay in the 1.5-degree pathway and this gives push to the need of awareness regarding sustainable initiatives. Aswe look towards a greener tomorrow in the fashion industry, the brands and major fashion houses need to implement sustainable strategies in their process to suit the changing consumer needs.

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SPEAKERS

Kaustubh Korde
Senior Director - Product Development & Sourcing
Prasad Pant
South Asia Director
Suvidha Chopra
Sourcing Specialist / Merchandizing / DEI / Sustainability
Ajay Ravuri
Head Of Quality & Sustainability
Ruchita Chhabra
COUNTRY PROGRAM MANAGER
Shailesh Kumar Sharma
Director - Connectivity & Products
11:00 - 12:00
PANEL DISCUSSION

REINVENTING PHYSICAL RETAIL

The Covid pandemic has brought the physical market to a standstill forcing traditional retailers to try the course of the online marketplace. From neighborhood shops to high-end luxury brands, digitization in the retail sector has permeated all the categories of fashion while amplifying their reach to the consumer and giving... ... everything with a click of a button, choices are immense, discounts at peak and convenience at the utmost.

Why- Global consumer now demands more convenience and expediency. They want it now and they want it here. They are present on all types of social media and are greatly influenced by it. All this has a major implication for fashion industry around the world. The fashion players round the world need to focus on optimizing the consumer shopping experience, make the best use of the newsocial media channels, get digital ready and make sustainability their top priority.

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SPEAKERS

Ajay Kapoor
President, Retail
Gurvinderjit Singh Samra
Chief Business Officer
Ankur Bisen
Senior Partner & Head Retail
12:30 - 13:30
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

FASHION INNOVATION USING AI

In recent times, the retail segment has taken a hit with the pandemic bringing the sector to a standstill. The way we interacted with products has changed significantly giving a push to technology. Of the list of emerging technologies, artificial intelligence has been the forefront of disruption for fashion industry.... ... ndemic has changed the way we looked at retail, the need for AI intervention in the industry has increased. The global AI in the fashion market is expected to see exponential growth with a CAGR of 40.8% by 2024. As fashion brands rethink their strategies with a focus on AI, there is a need to look at the future of fashion and its changing norms.

Why- As the pandemic has changed the way we looked at retail, the need for AI intervention in the industry has increased. The global AI in the fashion market is expected to see exponential growth with a CAGR of 40.8% by 2024. As fashion brands rethink their strategies with a focus on AI, there is a need to look at the future of fashion and its changing norms.

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SPEAKERS

Manish Bharti
Business Director- Garmenting and IB
Hemamalini Padmanabhan
BD and Customer Success
Nishant Poddar
CMO & Head Retail Experience
Swaminathan R.
CHIEF SUPPLY CHAIN OFFICER
Puneet Dudeja
Director Business Development, South Asia
Nitin Gupta
Design Lead

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15:30 - 16:30
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

SOURCING IN TIMES OF INDUSTRY 4.0

Technological interventions in industry are bringing a transformation giving birth to Industry 4.0. The wave of digitalization has permeated the industry with new developments such as Iot, AI, big data and analytics, PLM, machine learning, automation and robotics, cloud computing, blockchain, 3D printing among many others. Industry 4.0 brings a... ... ments of the global consumer, forcing the brands and retailers to be more agile and offer products with short lead times and improved reliability, Industry 4.0 can also help the buyers – brands and retailers to optimize the buy and plan the supply requirements while getting a transparent update on the status at any given point of time.

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SPEAKERS

Alekh Kumar
India Sourcing Leader
Suparna Malhotra
Vice President
Neetu Jotwani
Vice President - Sourcing and Product Development
Arjun Puri
Director
12:30 - 13:00
BRIDGING SESSION

BRIDGING SESSION 2: MS. SUPARNA MALHOTRA, VICE PRESIDENT, NEWTIMES GROUP

As the manufacturing and sourcing processes come under scrutiny, brands are rethinking their existing chain and focusing on their expectations and requirements from manufacturers or suppliers in compliance and product capabilities. The Bridging Session 2 - will focus on sourcing, product development, and supply chain management. The notable speaker from... ... products for export with specific requirements of brands.

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SPEAKERS

Suparna Malhotra
Vice President
12.15 - 13.10
PANEL DISCUSSION

MITIGATING RISKS IN SOURCING

Supply Chain Risk Management is becoming a top priority in procurement as 95% of Fortune 1000 companies are seeing disruptions within their supply chains. Organizations are losing millions due to cost volatility, non-compliance fines, and incidents that cause damages such as the risk of natural disasters, or hazards. Many businesses... ... priority in procurement as 95% of Fortune 1000 companies are seeing disruptions within their supply chains. Organizations are losing millions due to cost volatility, non-compliance fines, and incidents that cause damages such as the risk of natural disasters, or hazards. Many businesses that relied on suppliers based in China had to realign the supply. Coupled with the pandemic and geopolitical disturbances, the significant impacts that supply chains and operations have on the planet and society are not meeting stakeholders’ expectations for sustainability.

Fundamental changes in consumer behavior are setting Business Leaders in motion to source closer to home on a need and demand basis, use alternate supply bases and products or reevaluate the suppliers. Supply chain leaders are trying to turn the complexity and disruption into meaningful change. Brands also have goals on sustainability which get passed to the T1 and T2 suppliers which adds to the cost of supply.

Why- As businesses respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic and geopolitical issues, companies must develop a robust framework that includes a responsive and resilient contingency plan for the short as well as the longerterm period.

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SPEAKERS

Sakshi Dua
Vice President
Anindya Ray
EVP & Chief Sourcing Officer
Rakhi Handa
Consultant
Aanshul Grover
Sourcing Head
Rakhi Vashisht
Director, Raw Materials
Mohit Mathur
Senior VP Sourcing
14.30 - 15.25
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

COMPLEMENT AND COLLABORATE - SYNERGIES BETWEEN INDIA AND BANGLADESH

While there are a few (rather limited) and existing transactional opportunities with Indian brands sourcing from Bangladesh for the Indian market and also the Global and Indian brands dominating the value chain partners for global supply, larger cooperation could also look at to bridge the trade gap in Textiles between... ... ting transactional opportunities with Indian brands sourcing from Bangladesh for the Indian market and also the Global and Indian brands dominating the value chain partners for global supply, larger cooperation could also look at to bridge the trade gap in Textiles between India and Bangladesh. It is to be noted that both India and Bangladesh have a lot to gain from each other in textiles because they have complementary strengths.

Why- India has always had a large Cotton value chain and is now gaining critical headway in laying out the synthetic value chain and this can assist both India and Bangladesh with diminishing reliance on the Far East and China in fostering an enormous amount of synthetic fabric and pieces of clothing. Also, India and Bangladesh are similar nations and with similar values and aspirations. Proximity should also lead to increased investments from both countries into each other. Govt. of both the countries can achieve mutual benefits through it and this would strengthen the bond between the two.

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SPEAKERS

Mukesh Bansal
EVP Marketing
Anika Passi
Country Manager
Syed Tanvir
Managing Director
Virender Sharma
GENERAL MANAGER, SOURCING
Sandeep Golam
Group Operations Director

Session Sponsored By

12.10 - 13.05
PANEL DISCUSSION

D2C OPPORTUNITIES FOR FASHION

The worldwide outbreak of the pandemic has affected the traditional retail market with limitations around the tactile aspects of the model. Covid-19 has changed the way consumers shop and has made the brands realize the importance of the digital-first, direct-to-consumer model. Though several segments in the market have already embraced... ... cted the traditional retail market with limitations around the tactile aspects of the model. Covid-19 has changed the way consumers shop and has made the brands realize the importance of the digital-first, direct-to-consumer model. Though several segments in the market have already embraced this transformation, the fashion industry has witnessed the biggest change. The D2C-led market is estimated at ~ $ 1.9 billion contributing close to 1% of the Indian FMCG, home market & consumer accessories market, involving 600 D2C-led brands/businesses. More importantly, the D2C market size is estimated to grow to $ 22 billion by FY 25 and will contribute more than 10% to the total FMCG, home, and consumer accessories market.

Why- As the Indian fashion market is witnessing an uptick in consumption, the brands have a bigger opportunity to reach consumers through the D2C model. The D2C model also brings order to the otherwise unorganized fashion sector hence increasing the revenues for brands.

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SPEAKERS

Neeraj Nagpal
Customer Care Associate and President – Brands
Navin Joshua
Founder Director
Suman Chowdhury
Co-founder & COO
Kiruba Devi
Head Category & Sourcing
12:30 - 13:30
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

IDEATIVE SESSION 1: TOPIC - FUTURE CONSUMER 2024 BY WGSN EXPERTS

Coming July, meet our experts as we deep dive into the Future Consumers 2024 sentiments and profiles, fashion innovations, and what must be done to win the minds and market share of tomorrow. WGSN will also unfold the actions needed for brands to create products that consumers will prioritize in... ... nto the Future Consumers 2024 sentiments and profiles, fashion innovations, and what must be done to win the minds and market share of tomorrow. WGSN will also unfold the actions needed for brands to create products that consumers will prioritize in the months and years to come.

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SPEAKERS

Urvashi Gupta
Director - Account Management (South Asia)
Puneet Dudeja
Director Business Development, South Asia

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14:00 - 14:30
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

SPOTLIGHT SESSION 2: MR. MOHD. KAMALUDDIN, BGMEA

Bangladesh’s garment industry is on an awe-inspiring journey with current apparel exports of $36 billion (in apparel exports) and projecting to grow to $100 billion in exports by 2030. Being the second-largest apparel exporter globally, what have been the key catalysts for the growth? Bangladesh also needs to look at... ... e-inspiring journey with current apparel exports of $36 billion (in apparel exports) and projecting to grow to $100 billion in exports by 2030. Being the second-largest apparel exporter globally, what have been the key catalysts for the growth?

Bangladesh also needs to look at adding categories, looking at a higher value addition in garments, expanding to man made fiber-based products while keeping up the efforts on sustainability and productivity improvement and at the base level on the infrastructure development. How prepared is Bangladesh to meet the projected growth numbers? What does the country need to do differently for the next stage of growth?

The session sheds light on the challenges and opportunities in the domain. The renowned speaker from BGMEA will address the key endeavors being planned to ensure a sustainable long term growth of the Industry in Bangladesh.

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