Due to the pandemic situation, European Union and the world put the effort into textiles, clothes, footwear, and accessories supply chains, in the midst of an ongoing social and climate crisis. On another hand, the COVID has seriously impacted major manufacturing hubs (China, India, and Italy), leading to major supply disorders. Textile industry is the heart of our economy. We have developed our industry a lot and there are so many remarkable developments we have already achieved i.e Green Industry, Compliance Factory, industry best practices etc. Team Denim Focus talked with industry owners and stakeholders and took a quick feedback regarding present business situation, recently they shared his opinion about recent scenario of RMG industry with Denim Focus.
Mr. Shafiur Rahman, Regional Operations Manager, G-Star RAW, Product Intelligence Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Human health & safety will play a key role for order & business trends. Covid is a human problem – so health and safety should be number one priority among re-covering, re-building, restructuring business etc. So better to prevent further transmission by taking necessary measures. Both employee & employer should be proactive enough to take responsibilities for ensuring win-win situations for both.
It would not be helpful if a small part of the whole value chain is safe. Raw materials suppliers, don’t matter small or big – a wider safe value chain is essential for good business. If industry is safe to work – then the country will get business automatically.
Apart from above, additional value-added services like proposing design, R&D, better information flow, offering better material sourcing etc. If someone updates before asking order status by customers – weekly/monthly, depends on expectations.
Ahsan Mahmood, Country Manager, Gina Tricot
Covid-19 infection is badly spreading in the country. Government has taken and tried all initiatives to manage the situation. We need to follow health and safety or no one can stop the spreading. Business is still running during the situation and all the crucial times Bangladesh have done a great job to support brands to deliver products. But if we lock down, continuing with closing business units will be a tough situation for the total business.
No one waits for the good time when it will come to be normal. So, we need to save people and also run industries. Lock down May be a way to stop unnecessary movements and it can be stricter, but factories should run with the way it is running now ensuring health and safety matters to continue business, ensuring jobs and more opportunity when other countries fail to survive. We (Gina tricot) as a brand always focus to increase business in this country and we hope Bangladesh keeps the growth continuing.
Shovon Islam, Managing director of Sparrow Group
June, July, and August is the main peak season for clothing exports. Factories are open in all the South Asian countries such as India and Vietnam. If we keep the factories closed for that long, it will be suicidal in terms of delivery and shipment.
“It will put us back to such an extent that it will take six months to recover as every production and shipment is planned back-to-back. The Government needs to remain open and if our factory opens many new orders are coming.