Press Release

For Immediate Release

14 February 2011


The Overdue Shaking Up of Supply Chain Management


Senior executives from all aspects of the supply chain servicing the global apparel industry will be in Hong Kong for Prime Source Forum 2011 – the definitive annual meeting of this industry. The event runs 30 March – 1 April and will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Mr. Edwin Keh, former Senior VP, COO at Wal-Mart Global Procurement, will give the keynote address. Mr Keh, who now lectures at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, will speak on “Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Decade”.


With recovery from the recent global economic crisis underway throughout the greater part of the garment and apparel industries in 2010, now is the time to consider the big changes and forces that influence supply chains and affect pricing, quality, speed and performance. It is time to plan and implement the management of these changes and challenges already happening and those coming up. How do companies refocus their thinking on the big issues? What are they? and what are some of the important considerations to take into account as they plan ahead?


Throughout the three days of the event, more than fifty lead speakers and panellists will join Mr. Keh, in seven sessions covering “Challenges and Competition”, “Balance of Trade”, “Currency and Labour Issues”, “Raw Materials Shortage”, “Sourcing Alternatives” and “Talent Management”.


Co-located with the forum are workshops addressing industrial operational issues.

1) Standardisation: hosted by the Global Apparel, Footwear and Textile Initiative (GAFTI) whose Chairman, Thomas Nelson, says, “During 2010 most apparel companies experienced a tremendous storm, yet, most saw a resurgence of ‘chasing the business’ due to better retail sales. As we move forward, our lives in the apparel industry will only become more complicated. We will need to do things faster, cheaper and better. However, much of what we can do can be done in unison and can really help to make a better world for the workers, factories, the Brands and our end customers.”


2) Following on from previous (green) themes, are six Technology Workshops. On the supply side, issues addressed include ways to apply lean manufacturing concepts to improve the supply chain’s overall efficiency, cost-effectiveness and reduction of waste. From the retail perspective, focus will be given to the latest retail-enhancement technologies and the importance of sustainable business practices.


The Forum itself, now well respected for its pivotal role in bringing apparel industry experts together, a record number of registered delegates is expected, from major brands such as adidas, ACE Style, Ann Taylor, Benetton, The Children’s Place, Cortefiel, Guess?, Hugo Creation, Hugo Boss, ITC, Kohl’s, Levi’s, Li & Fung, Nike, Quiksilver and Swarovski Elements, and many more.


Prime Source Forum 2011will be held 30 March – 1 April, 2011, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, the heart of Hong Kong’s business and entertainment sector. As in previous years the event runs concurrently with two trade fairs servicing the fashion industry.


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Notes to Editors

Concurrent Trade Fairs Servicing the Fashion Industry



APLF - Materials, Manufacturing & Technology (APLF - MM&T)

The international fair for innovations in leather and fashion materials




APLF – MM&T is the annual premier event for the global leather industry. Based in Hong Kong, the fair serves as the most international hub for the leather-related business and a must-attend buying platform for fashion professionals. APLF – MM&T was first established in 1984 and has since gained a reputation of offering high-quality, innovative products and fashion-forward trends. In 2010, 17,907 buyers from 88 countries attended APLF-MM&T.

Product sectors covered: Raw hides and skins, semi finished and finished leather, exotic leather and premium materials, natural & synthetic materials, process chemicals & dyes, tanning & shoe machinery, components & accessories, equipment & tools, lab testing & other services


Organisers: APLF Ltd

Next Dates: 30 March – 01 April 2011 

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG




Fashion Access

The international trade fair for head-to-toe fashion


FASHION ACCESS is an international fair for Head-to-Toe fashion held twice a year. The fair is aptly aligned with fashion’s key buying seasons, showcasing spring-summer exhibitor collections in September and fall-winter collections in March. 


With its comprehensive range of fashion product categories from around the world, Fashion Access offers buyers convenient sourcing under one roof: in 2010, 18,072 buyers from 89 countries attended the 2 Fashion Access events combined.


Product sectors covered: bags, footwear, small leather goods, apparel, lifestyle & fashion accessories, travelware, accessories components (March show only).


Organisers: APLF Ltd

Next Dates: 

·         30 March – 01 April 2011 (fw ‘11/’12 preview)

·         28 – 30 September 2011 (ss ’12 preview)

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG




About the Organisers


1. About APLF (


APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.


APLF Ltd provides global companies a chance to trade and exchange information at a number of trade fairs. These include the major leather trade fair, APLF - Materials Manufacturing and Technology, Fashion Access, the bi-annual fair offering head-to-toe fashion products, and Prime Source Forum, the annual meeting place for the global apparel industry – all held in Hong Kong


APLF Ltd also organizes with CLIA the annual fairs All China Leather Exhibition, China International Footwear Fair and Moda Shanghai, which pioneer the industry's growth in Mainland China.


In 2009, APLF Ltd organised the first Footwear Materials, Manufacturing and Technology fair in India in association with the India Footwear Components Manufacturers Association (IFCOMA) and with the support of Council of Leather Exports, Indian Shoe Federation and Agra Footwear Manufacturers & Exports Chamber.


2. About UBM Asia (


Owned by United Business Media Limited (UBM) listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 13 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong. We have over 130 media products in three categories: trade fairs, print and B2B portals. As Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in the two fastest growing markets in Asia: China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia.  Our 110 events attract an annual attendance of 30,000 quality exhibitors and 1,270,000 visitors from all over the world to meet their target business partners face-to-face for business matching and networking. We publish high-quality trade publications for 191,000 industry professionals to capture the market trends and industry news. Complementing our exhibitions and publications are round-the-clock and industry-specific online B2B portals which provide a series of online trading networks, industry news hub and sourcing and marketing platforms for the world’s trade buyers and suppliers. We have over 650 staff in 15 major cities in Asia. 

3. About United Business Media (

UBM focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM’s businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists – with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,400 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.