HONG KONG: Prime Source Forum broadens its horizons
The organisers of the Prime Source Forum event, which opened in Hong Kong earlier today (28 March), are also planning to launch a parallel meeting in India later this year.
Like the flagship discussion platform, the new 'Prime Source Forum: Focus on India' will look at apparel sourcing and supply chain management, and is scheduled to take place on 6-7 September in New Delhi. It is aimed at national and international retailers, brands, manufacturers wholesalers, fabric suppliers, financial and legal institutions and trade associations.
Discussion points are likely to include global rules, regulations and investments, labour issues, retailing, pricing challenges, logistics, inventory control, e-commerce and promotional gateways.
The new event is the latest step by organiser UBM Asia to expand the focus of the Forum.
In Hong Kong, footwear is being included for the first time this year, marked by a keynote address from Ronald Fromm, chairman and CEO of US footwear retailer Brown Shoe Co. A second keynote will feature an interview with Henry Tan, CEO and president of Luen Thai Holdings.
The forum, which is known for its interactive focus on issues facing the apparel industry and its supply chain, kicked off with a day of workshops and will continue tomorrow and Thursday (29-30 March) with more than 50 speakers and panellists in seven sessions across two full days.
Speakers will include Peter Hevicon, general manager of Debenhams Hong Kong; David Hampson, country manager at The Jones Group and Nine West Footwear; Charles Dickinson, head of global quality management and sustainability at Esprit; and Anthony Chow, CEO of Otto Group China.
Issues on the table this year include the outlook for the fashion industry amid global financial uncertainty, the impact that China's economic success is likely to have on sourcing, the trend to a 'China-plus' sourcing matrix, and the new role of sustainability.
There will also be sessions on the globalisation of retail and its impact on the international supply chain, the power of the internet and social networking, and solutions to closing the talent gap in the fashion industry.
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