Global Sources:  Suppliers Look to EU & Japan for Orders

Global Sources: Suppliers Look to EU & Japan for Orders

"At the moment, Japan market is our fastest growing market," said Lisa Wang, sales manager at Wuxi Rising Textile Co., Ltd. “We were experiencing some challenges in the US market. At the moment, the EU and Japan are still doing pretty well," added Content Chen, general manager at Changshu Life Home Textile Industry Co., Ltd.
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Spinexpo Shanghai:  Make It Faster!

Spinexpo Shanghai: Make It Faster!

Spinners realize that speed has become the dealmaker, for all segments of the market. The knitwear sector remains energetic, with continual innovation.  At the same time, an increasing number of mills are offering stock service, and are expanding their offering to include a wider range of colors and qualities.At Spinexpo Shanghai (August 29-31), both mills and buyers were enthusiastic about the new season, although you could still sense strains of caution as mills waited for sample ord...
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Kingpins China City Tour:  There’s No Place Like Home

Kingpins China City Tour: There’s No Place Like Home

Mills are starting appreciate that they have a huge market right in their own backyard.All of a sudden the China market is getting serious attention from international denim mills and local denim exporters.  After years of being shunned in favor foreign markets, mills are starting realize that there truly might be ‘no place like home.’Lackluster sales in the traditional markets has made the China market increasingly appealing.  Mills said that after a few years of declining...
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China Mfg:  Moving Up and Moving Out

China Mfg: Moving Up and Moving Out

Chinese suppliers have come to realize that the only way out is up. Even the most volume-driven, mass-market suppliers have realized there is no future in making basic products in China. Increasingly, we see suppliers trying to upgrade their products and moving up the value in China, but now even in Southeast Asian countries as well.Today we see suppliers trying to add value or make a better version of their existing products in order to appeal to a higher market.Performance is one of the k...
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Spinexpo Paris:  Better Yarns Find a Strong Market in Europe

Spinexpo Paris: Better Yarns Find a Strong Market in Europe

Not surprisingly, Europe is the top market for better yarn suppliers, with buyers valuing quality and innovation (and are willing to pay more to get it).  So it was also not surprising that Spinexpo Paris (July 3-5, 2017) drew strong visitor attendance, especially from Germany, the UK and Scandinavia, as well as of course from France.The fair, which features commercially viable fashion yarns, seemed to offer buyers what they were looking for. "Some new customers are coming and the...
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New York is About Niches

New York is About Niches

New brands are starting to fill in void that is being left as big buyers reduce orders. Mills came to New York this summer hoping to connect with American power buyers (those mega brands and retailers who can place those sought after volume orders), but what they found was a growing market of small to medium sized brands.That was not necessarily bad news.  For those mills that thrive on volume business, the summer fairs were a disappointment. But for an increasing number who are starti...
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Paris Mode City:  ‘Better’ is Back in Style

Paris Mode City: ‘Better’ is Back in Style

The thrill of buying cheap products is starting to fade – which has meant better business for EU brands.It was refreshing to visit a trade fair where no one was focusing on price!  While price is still a factor, an important one for the mass-market sector, at least in Europe it is not the dealmaker (or deal breaker) that it is elsewhere in the world.Instead, the European brands are increasingly leveraging their expertise in creativity and quality to beat the market.  But will con...
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Blossom PV:  High End Mills See an Improving Market

Blossom PV: High End Mills See an Improving Market

Blossom Premiere Vision (Paris, July 4-5, 2017) kicked off the AW’18/19 fabric season with a positive vibe as mills said that they were optimistic about the coming season.Most mills agreed that business has been slowly improving over the past few seasons and that this is likely to continue.  So while no one was expecting a boom year, there was a quiet confidence that the market has stabilized and is now moving forward.“I have no complaints.  Compared with last year, things ...
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eShop Talk Asia: Why Offline Retail Remains Crucial in the Digital Age

The non-stop buzz about the exponential growth of online sales (as well as a general fascination with the platform itself) has made it seem like online was the only place to be if you wanted to drive retail sales. The reality is somewhat different.Despite claims by so-called marketing gurus and the media that physical retail is a dying format, a new group of experts is telling a different story. Retail “right-sizing”Many industry experts are now recognizing that physical re...
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Global Sources:  Upgrading is Becoming the Answer

Global Sources: Upgrading is Becoming the Answer

As the industry steadily shifts away from big volume orders, suppliers are increasingly facing the reality of the situation and are trying to find ways to be more flexible.At the recent Global Source Fashion exhibition (Hong Kong, April 27-30), about a third of the exhibitors displayed signage saying “Accept Small Orders”, hoping to attract those small to medium sized buyers who previously they would have shunned.Recognizing that for most companies selling online means selling on Ama...
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