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Small exporters’ time to expand has come…

Bangladesh, known for producing and taking only bulk orders, is now gearing up to accept smaller orders with even the bigger companies jumping on to the bandwagon. The acceptance of small orders have taken a fresh turn as Government apathy and the recent terror attacks have adversely impacted the industry, putting the medium-level exporters on a back-foot, stalling expansion plans, while the bigger ones are moving faster towards small orders to fill capacities. In conversation […]


Delivery default & factory closures, major challenges for the industry today…

A buying entity with years of experience in servicing overseas buyers from USA, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Israel, Nahid Trade International (NTI) feels achieving the target of US $ 50 billion by 2021 is a daunting task, more so with ever-increasing cases of defaults and factory closures. In an exclusive interview with Apparel Online, Nipun Nawaz, CEO of NTI, shares his contentions about the small- and medium-sized factories failing to deliver on time (some […]


Has IIGF Lost its Purpose?

It was amazing to hear that the recent PM-initiated ‘Start-up’ programme attracted 1.5 lakh participation requests, but only 1,500 were sent invitations. I wonder what goes into making such a successful event… There is a lot to be learnt on skilful event promotion. Back to our domain… the first industry show of the year – IIGF – touted as the most important sourcing fair for the Indian garment export industry, failed to bring cheer to its participants. […]


Navigator implements ERP; looking towards new markets

Completing a decade of its establishment, Bangalorebased buying house Navigator is moving in multi-directions and expecting 25 per cent growth this year. Founded by Directors Suresh Bhadri (Ex Country Manager, Tesco-India Operations) and Dhanya Sugathan, the buying house is currently working with big chains of South Africa and Australia. Recently, it developed and implemented an in-house ERP which will help the organization with order management from enquiry to shipment and also support operations with critical […]


Silk Affair entering into the US market; will expand capacity

Kolkata-based Silk Affair, offering very high value garments like cocktail dresses, bridalwear etc. is now entering into the US market, which is a new market for them, as this 11 years old company is catering to Europe from day 1. Manufacturing 8,000 pieces per month the company is adding capacity to produce another 8,000 pieces per month. FOB of the company’s products start from 50 Euros and goes up to 120 Euros. Rajib Dudhoria, Director […]

November 20, 2015


Texture BD taking the uncharted territory to ensure business growth

Established in 2007 as a 100 per cent export-oriented buying house, Dhaka-based Texture BD has tie-ups with more than 30 manufacturing units in the country to produce both knit and woven items with office uniforms and sportswear being the core specialization. Though upbeat of growth potential and despite a marginal improvement in business in the current year, Md. Jasim Uddin, Managing Director – Texture BD rues that there are a host of issues to deal […]


Apparel Global Consulting initiates the use of rPET fabric

Apparel Global Consulting (AGC), a Tirupur-based buying house having clients in Europe and Australia, has started working on recycled fabric – rPET, and very soon the first shipment of Tees made from this fabric will be dispatched to Australia. The buying house is also looking to use more blends and costly fabrics like linen in its various products in the coming days. “Use of rPET fabric has its limitations, like one can’t have many options […]

November 11, 2015


Reviewing market sentiments at IHGF: A tricky question all are asking…

Will the European economy pick up soon or not is the million dollar question that still does not have any clear-cut answer. But a majority of the industry feels that if not by January 2016, the economy is sure to bounce back by February or April 2016. Though there is no strong or scientific base for this prediction, buyers’ feedback which in its own is a big logic to feel positive, indicates that the European […]


FESPA Asia to be back in Bangkok in 2017

FESPA Asia is set to make a comeback in Bangkok as it will take place in February 2017 at the BITEC Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. Roz McGuinness, Divisional Director, FESPA said, “Our annual exhibition in China is now well established, so it is time for FESPA to return to the pan-Asia region with FESPA Asia, and our natural choice for host country was Thailand. Our objective – to build demand for print by reinvesting in […]


Sedex introduces next generation sustainable sourcing dais

UK-based Sedex has introduced ‘Sedex Advance’, a complete sustainable procurement solution, providing industry-leading tools and insights to help buyers, suppliers and auditors implement their sustainable sourcing programmes – all integrated into a single platform, to meet the changing procurement needs of companies across the world. Also read– World Textile Summit to explore business logic of textile sustainability Sedex Advance enables companies of any size to work quickly and effectively, within a fast and powerful supply […]

November 2, 2015


Vastra 2015: Buyers’ feedback meet the small buyers of jaipur…

It was the third and the last day of the recently concluded Vastra 2015 in Jaipur and there were very few buyers at the venue. Most of them claimed to be wholesalers, but their sourcing is very limited and in fact they seemed to be very small buyers. However, to their satisfaction, the buyers claimed to have found whatever they were looking for. Since many of them are frequently sourcing from the ‘Pink City’, Apparel […]

October 31, 2015


YKK enthusiastic about Jaipur and Rajasthan market

Even though the recently concluded Vastra 2015 event at Jaipur was mainly for apparel sourcing, the rush at the stall of YKK India clearly emphasized the brand loyalty that the company enjoys. The YKK team was kept busy interacting with visitors including garment manufacturers/exporters and overseas buyers too. Motivating users for quality zippers, YKK is one of the few companies which makes sure to mark its presence at most of the industry events and the […]


GMAC desires hike in apparel prices from global buyers

Following the minimum monthly wage rise from US $ 128 to US $ 140 for the garment factory workers in Cambodia, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has asked the international buyers who import garments from Cambodia to raise garment prices and has also demanded the garment factory workers to increase productivity, to enable the garment factories remain financially stable. The association fears reduction in orders from 2016, following the wage hike, in spite […]


First ever Golf Day gets huge response in Dhaka… India the next venue

Apparel Resources in its commitment to provide an engaging platform for interaction and networking has made a foray into sports with the ‘Golf Day’ initiative. The first event held in Dhaka earlier this month attracted many industry golfers and some celebrity golfers too! Buoyant after the positive and enthusiastic response, the initiative is all set to debut in India soon. The brainchild of Mayank Mohindra, Director, Apparel Resources and a passionate golfer himself, ‘Golf Day’ […]


AEPC’s BSM@ Dubai on 2nd & 3rd November

Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), shall be organizing Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) at Dubai, UAE on 2nd & 3rd November, 2015. About 50 leading garment and Accessories exporters shall participate and exhibit their latest collections for men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear along with fashion accessories (scarves, stoles, shawls, etc.). Dubai is a good market for Indian exporters; BSM is a good platform to focus on a particular country as buyers of that particular […]

September 11, 2015

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