Blog: Leonie BarriePreparing for Prime Source Forum

Leonie Barrie | 22 March 2013

I will be making my way to Hong Kong this weekend for what has become something of an annual pilgrimage to attend Prime Source Forum (PSF).

As a barometer of the latest challenges and opportunities facing the apparel supply chain it's hard to beat, with the event this year offering a chance to tap into the thoughts of executives from PVH, Carter's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Foot Locker and H&M.

But it also seems we're in for some changes too.

Moving to a new venue at the Sheraton Hotel in Kowloon, organisers are keen to ramp up the discussions to a new level.

Delegates will be seated around tables rather than the lecture-room layout of the past. And in another move to inspire interaction, there will be a series of polls in which everyone will be encouraged to participate.

The programme has also been focused onto four main sessions, which will look at sourcing and supply chain management issues facing the industry - including forecasts for, and adding value to, the supply chain; new sources of supply; and challenges facing the next generation of family business owners.

And impressive efforts have been made to emphasise the global nature of the debate, with an international panel of speakers including executives from China, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Burma and the US and many more.

It's good to see, too, that delegates are also making their way to the Forum from more than 20 countries across the globe - including Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Burma, Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and the US.

This year there are four keynote speeches, doubling that of the past:

  • Ben Simpfendorfer, managing director of Silk Road Associates, will present a keynote on 'Searching for the next China - China's rising prices and implications for supplier relations';
  • Edwin Keh, CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will focus on 'Reengineering the global supply chain of the 21st Century';
  • Dr Peter Lau, chairman and chief executive, Giordano Intl Ltd, will share his view on 'The power of information and the age of co-locational development';
  • And 'Unveiling the mystery of Burma/Myanmar - opportunities and challenges on the apparel industry' will be presented by Dr Aung Win, vice chairman of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association and managing director of Maple Trading Co Ltd, and Dennis Meseroll, executive director of Tractus Asia Ltd.

A special conference on sustainability and compliance has also been scheduled the day before Prime Source Forum begins. The half-day event will be held at the Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) on 25 March.

Two panel discussions will tackle 'Managing hazardous chemicals in the textile supply chain' and 'The road to green and sustainable global value chains - lessons learned!' Speakers will include executives from H&M and VF Corp.

Prime Source Forum (PSF) takes place from 25- 27 March 2013. For further information, click on the following links: Prime Source Forum (26-27 March at the Sheraton Hong Kong) and its Sustainability Conference (25 March at the Clothing Industry Training Authority). 

For me the event has an added and very special dimension as it always provides a fantastic opportunity to put faces to the names of the many just-style readers who attend - and of course to catch up with the many people I've met over the years who are now firm friends. If we've not yet met, please do say hello.


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