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2017 Seminar Program

Join us for 3 days of FREE comprehensive learning to build your sourcing knowledge for your business. From expert sourcing tips, through to colour trends, protecting your intellectual property and more.

Seminar program is subject to change. More sessions will become available closer to the event.


Top sourcing tips: best practices & common mistakes when sourcing from South East Asia

9:30am Tuesday 14 November

Presented by: Brian Garvin, B. Garvin Sourcing

Gain a comprehensive guide of do’s and don’ts when sourcing internationally as sourcing expert Brian Garvin shares affordable and effective strategies for finding and managing vendors. Topics covered will include; finding a good supplier, tips for placing small orders, avoiding scams, negotiating & monitoring purchase orders and what to do if things go wrong.


How to navigate the Chinese supplier landscape

12:30pm Tuesday 14 November

Presented by: Cao Jiachang, China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT)

Hear how suppliers in China have been going through a dramatic change since 2005 with the market and costs rocketing and discover how the industry and entrepreneurs adapt to survive the changes. Topics include the export and import of the sector in 2016 and the first half of 2017, main players geographically and trends (east-coast to mid-west), new developments in sourcing and more.


Overview on the South African footwear and leather manufacturing industry

2pm Tuesday 14 November

Presented by: Nerisha Jairaj, South African Footwear and Leather Manufacturing Industry

Learn about the South African leather value chain as Nerisha discusses how the South African industry is supported by Government to be globally competitive. Find out about production, imports and exports and why buying from South Africa could be for you.


The first line of defence - how to protect your business and ideas when looking offshore

9:30am Wednesday 15 November

Presented by: Helen Kavadias, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

The first line of defence - how to protect your business and ideas when looking offshoreSuccessful businesses vigorously protect their best ideas and inventions. However if you’re only doing that in Australia, you’re only doing half the job. Join Helen as she discusses what you can do to ensure you own your intellectual property in Australia and offshore and how to protect yourself in writing. The right intellectual protection, and contracts such as NDAs, employment agreements, contractor agreements and agreements with your suppliers and manufacturers are your first line of defence.


Top tips for fashion startups

11am Wednesday 15 November

Speaker: Elizabeth Formosa, Fashion Equipped

This is an invaluable session for start-ups. Establishing a reliable supply chain is crucial to launching and growing a successful fashion business. Elizabeth will share her top tips for fashion startups, on how to overcome sourcing challenges in the early days. Tips shared will include – finding the right sourcing partner, supplier communication and negotiations and developing and sourcing productwithin a budget.


Ethical Sourcing Panel

12:30pm Wednesday 15 November

Panel to be confirmed

As consumers become increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchases, the global demand for ethical sourcing has increased. Join our panel of experts as they provide insights into the world of ethical sourcing, what it means for their businesses and how they engage the right companies to work with.


Growing the Australian fashion and textile industry

9:30am Thursday 16 November

Presented by: David Giles-Kaye, Council of Textile & Fashion (CTF)

The Council of Textile & Fashion (CTF) programs centre around 5 key areas. David will highlight these programs which include; strengthening supply chains both locally and off-shore, helping new businesses become established, developing industry practices in ethical and sustainable product, fostering innovation & design and growing Australian exports.


Colour Trends AW18.19

11am Thursday 16 November

Presented by: Sharon Rae, Fashion Forecast Services & John Eussen, Eussen Lifestyle

Hear the latest forecast on 4 key colour trends for AW18.19 along with six colour stories across Women’s, Men’s, Kids, Accessories, Intimates, Active and Lifestyle. This will be an intimate presentation of colour trends created by Anna Starmer of UK based Luminary and presented by Sharon Rae of Next Inspirations & Fashion Forecast Services.


How Final Random Inspection (FRI) can assist with quality control

12:30pm Thursday 16 November

Presented by: Ray Hartland, CRS International

Find out how Final Random Inspection (FRI) could help you identify potential product defects or inconsistencies in batch quality. Learn from Ray as he discusses how FRI could help you avoid last minute surprises in shipment and help take correction where necessary in a timely manner.


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