Join this exciting, fast-paced panel discussion as facilitator, Patty Huntington, asks three industry experts key questions to help you discover more about the world of sourcing. Topics will include; sustainability, tips for liaising and maximising relationships with manufacturers and suppliers and what you should be prepared for in the world of sourcing for 2020 and beyond.
Sustainability in fabric and garment manufacturing is important to many consumers, buyers and designers. What considerations do companies need to make when looking at sustainability in their business, whether large or small, startup or well-established.
Freight, transport fees, and quality control are common issues when dealing with manufacturers and suppliers. What do managers and decision makers need to be aware of and how can they mitigate these issues?
Overseeing sourcing decisions within a company often involves sourcing from multiple countries, for multiple product lines. How do you sourcing and supply chain managers make effective decisions?
Meet the Panelists
Elizabeth Park – Fashion Business Consultant
With over 20 years of experience in international fashion supply chains, Elizabeth comes from a place of deep industry knowledge and market awareness, honed by extensive international experience in leadership positions with responsibility for product sourcing, technology, quality, value chain management, social, environmental and ethical compliance. Her career began in the UK working in a technical and sourcing capacity in large scale, high quality, global manufacturing and more recently, leading value chains for fashion retail companies based in the UK and Australia.
Elizabeth believes passionately about the importance of ethics and responsibility in value chains and now works as an industry consultant and tertiary educator, sharing her deep knowledge and experience with fashion companies and designers to inspire and embed ethical and sustainable practice for ongoing success.
Ellie Vaisman – Director of Overseas Operations, SOURCI
Ellie Vaisman is an overseas manufacturing specialist who has established, and currently manages, dozens of manufacturing relationships for Australian & New Zealand based businesses. He is the Co-Founder of Sourci, a Melbourne based end-to-end sourcing company that has teams across China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka & India. With expertise across a plethora of different industries & product categories, Ellie’s passion is in helping small to medium businesses truly grow & succeed by finding them the best possible suppliers across the globe.
Simon Caballero (Vietnam) Sourcing & Supply Chain – Asia Director – Velilla Confeccion
Born in Barcelona, Simon first went to Asia in 2009. After living in Thailand for one year, he decided to move to China to set up a small sourcing company to help companies develop their business in China for nearly six years, he then moved to Vietnam where he has lived since 2016. Simon has a Master degree in International Relations and Foreign Trade.
Before this experience in Asia, he spent almost 10 years in the logistics business focusing on sales working with companies like American Airlines, UPS and Expeditors. Simon currently lives in Hanoi and speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and basic Chinese and basic Vietnamese.
Discover what’s behind the curtains of bamboo in Asia… since landing in Asia in 2010 he has his five senses (and has already developed the sixth) in finding solutions to prevent fraud, combat the Quality Control, protect the Intellectual Property in China and try to contribute to provide a more efficient supply chain to buyers.
About the Facilitator
Patty Huntington is a Sydney-based journalist, producer and media commentator. She is the Australian correspondent for US fashion trade ‘bible’ Women’s Wear Daily, the Australian fashion correspondent for Hong Kong’s newspaper of record, The South China Morning Post and a regular commentator on Australia’s ABC tv and radio network, where she presents a monthly fashion business-dedicated segment on the Weekend Breakfast tv news program.
Book This Seminar
International Sourcing Expo Australia
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Panel: Hot Topics in the World of Sourcing
Thursday 14th November
Cost: $40 + gst