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    July, 1-15, 2017

    July 2017| 1-15| 68 Pages

    What makes a ‘Preferred Supplier’…? After a decade, Apparel Online is again bringing together retailers, brands, buying agencies in this complex debate… Team AOinteracted with 10 buying houses, and the results were on expected lines, though varying in tone and tenor. While, the buyers earlier talked only about their expectations from the suppliers, but this time they openly admitted that the key word today is ‘partnerships’… Interestingly, 98% of the buyers are confident that India will remain a preferred destination, though only for India-specific and small quantity orders.
    Is recycling making the supply chain more complicated? Can we recycle clothes made from polyester? Does the entire industry have the same finish line…? These are some of the questions that were highlighted at an international conference – Planet Textiles 2017 in Bangalore, organized by MCL News & Media and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and attended by nearly 340 delegates from 25 countries.
    The Indian denim industry has of late been exploring viable solutions to manage its overcapacity issues that have cropped up in the last few years. Among the most popular options is the exploration of new overseas markets, strongly growing in jeans manufacturing. And, after Bangladesh, the next big target market is Vietnam that has some good jeans manufacturing units, but lacks completely on strong fabric base which has proved a boon for Indian denim mills. Team AO, on its recent visit to Vietnam, caught up with some high officials of Indian denim mills who believe that this market will take some more years to develop, but will generate good business.
    Besides the above, our regular columns of Mind Tree, Fashion Trends, H2F, Industry Wire, Export Statistics, Resource Centre, etc. make the issue worth reading.


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