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Store closures in US concerns Indian apparel exporters

Struggling fashion retail business in the US is a big concern for Indian apparel exporters as in the past few months over 18 fashion brands have shown negative results. Some of the retailers have even announced stores closure and are filing for Chapter 11. As the EU market is already not doing well and now US is also showing sluggishness, both of which are traditional and core markets for India, apparel exporters are getting concerned. […]

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Apparel Resources interviews Puma India’s Apparel Sourcing Head

Shirish Srivastava, Country Manager – Apparel Sourcing (India) at Puma Global Sourcing, Bangalore an ex-Niftian, a lean manufacturing expert and a black belt in six sigma, has over 16 years of sourcing experience from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Apparel Resources talked to him on sourcing and allied issues in apparel industry. He has worked with Indian apparel exporters, international brands and buying houses like Shahi Exports, Impulse International, Enamor and Adidas India. Working […]

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FIEO Awards: Over 10 textile & apparel companies get recognition

SEL Textiles Ltd., SEL Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Garg Acrylics Ltd., Trident Limited, Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd., R B Knit Exports (all based in Ludhiana), Obeetee Textiles, Mirzapur, Orient Craft Ltd., Gurgaon and CTA Apparels, Noida are the Indian textile and apparel exporters that received honour at the FIEO’s Northern Region Export Excellence Awards. The awards were given in various categories like Top Exporter (Non-MSME), Trading House (Non-MSME), Star Export House (Non-MSME), Export House – MSME, […]

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5 strong opinions of Indian apparel exporters on Textiles India 2017

Ministry of Textiles (MoT), Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and other Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) of the textile industry of India are doing their best to make the upcoming mega textile event ‘Textiles India 2017’ along with Textile India Conclave in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from June 30 to July 2, 2017, a successful affair. Even Pushpa Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary, MoT along with three other senior officials of the textile industry went to China for a roadshow […]

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Challenges for wholesalers/importers

In the present scenario when ‘reshoring’, ‘nearshoring’, ‘offshoring’ are the buzzwords, and it has become important for buyers to justify why they are sourcing from a particular destination, consolidation of vendors as well as exploring of new vendors is continuously going on. In the processes, wholesalers/importers are facing many challenges when sourcing from Indian vendors; and though these clients of Indian exporters loudly appreciate the improvements being made by their vendors, they admit that there […]

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Secret of successful business with wholesalers/importers – innovative product at competitive price

Working with several wholesalers and importers across 3 European countries, Dr. G. Loganathan, Managing Director, The Imperial, Tirupur in an exclusive interaction with team Apparel Online, details the challenges, pluses and relevance of commitment in today’s business scenario, while sharing the enriching experience he has had working closely with wholesalers/importers and retailers. Already sourcing products worth over US $ 5.5 million from the country, the company is exploring options to expand their market reach to […]

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Buying houses working with wholesalers/importers bringing regular business to the country

There are many buying houses/buying agents in India who are working with wholesalers and importers. Some of them do have apprehensions and admit that on some point working with this segment is even difficult for buying houses. But they vehemently deny that compromises are made in quality, as suggested by some exporters. None of the buying house representatives acknowledged that wholesalers/importers ever accept any lacking on quality. Following all the standard parameters of quality, they […]

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Wholesalers/importers’ expectations from Indian exporters

Indian exporters often say that day-by-day buyers’ expectations from them are increasing and these expectations are hard to fulfil. Apparel Online questioned wholesalers/importers on what they are expecting from Indian vendors and how capable and willing are the exporters on these parameters. Most of the expectations of these very important India’s customers seem necessary and something which must be fulfilled. Product development and innovation in designs is one of the biggest expectations for any wholesaler/importer […]

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IIGF 2017: A routine affair…

Kick-starting the exhibition season for 2017, the recently held 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF), New Delhi did not throw up any surprises with similar products and buyers from the last few editions making the event so predictable. As per AEPC’s press release before the fair, IIGF was expected to give good support, especially to small- and medium-level garment exporters of the country, but most of the exhibitors claimed that they did not get […]

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Green Factories: Why is India lagging behind its competitors?

One of the most commonly used terms in the apparel industry since the last few years has been ‘green’, but when it comes to having a green factory, Indian apparel exporters are far behind their neighbours Bangladesh or even Sri Lanka, which have set new benchmarks in walking on the green path whether it is the number of green certified factories or the level of commitment in the direction. As for India, there are around […]

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Amaaaz Group looking for ‘organic’ apparel exporters in India

Mangalore (India)-based Amaaaz Group, which is into sourcing of multiple products across the various industries like minerals, furniture and jewels, is looking for Indian exporters that are able to offer organic apparels with genuine certification. The company is also planning to increase its sourcing from India. Majeed Abdul, MD of the company, who recently visited India International Garment Fair (IIGF) to find such exporters, told Apparel Online, “We are into apparel trade from last three […]

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[email protected] 2017: Lot of opportunities which India is missing

India International Garment Fair (IIGF), one of the established fairs in the international apparel arena, concluded with a lower buyer turnout this year. However, Team Apparel Online was able to meet some good buyers having significant number of stores. Most of these buyers were positive about their current and future business prospects, while some of the first-timers were looking to start sourcing from India. Many of them were only interested to work with certified exporters, […]

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Exporters supporting their workers to cope up with demonetization

As every Indian learns to live without cash, post-demonetization, the struggle is mostly for everyday utilities where the use of plastic money, as it is commonly referred to, is still alien. In this scenario, the Indian garment industry which feeds a huge worker base is coming forward in various ways to support these workers for their everyday needs. Be it cash withdrawal, currency exchange or necessary arrangement to buy grocery, Indian apparel exporters are helping […]

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‘Special Package’ A landmark for industry…

After a long time, the apparel industry felt that the Government has appreciated the importance of the apparel sector as a driver for employment generation, a major thrust for any party in power. As Virender Uppal, MD of one of the top export houses of the country and two times Chairman of AEPC puts it, “The year 2016 is special for the industry, as the ‘Special Package’ for Indian garment exporters is the first recognition […]

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‘Indian apparel exporters need to gear up’

Worldwide established apparel brands and buyers strongly believe that this is the best time when Indian apparel exporters need to gear up for overall improvement to fetch the maximum orders from across the world. Be it quality, delivery, compliance or product development, as China is vacating the place, Indian exporters should grab the opportunities rather than letting it go to other competitor countries like Bangladesh or Vietnam. Top- and middle-level management of various major apparel […]

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