Autumn Fair unveils overseas sourcing zone

Toys, gifts and more from suppliers in Asia and Africa will form part of a new initiative that brings international sourcing opportunities to UK retailers’ doorsteps

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 11.06.2019 | Business

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Toys and gifts from across Asia and Africa will form part of a new zone at Autumn Fair 2019 dedicated to imported goods.

The buying event, which takes place 1-4 September at Birmingham’s NEC, is launching a new international sourcing zone as part of a new direction to increase value and variety for visitors, and in response to estimates that the global retail sourcing and procurement market will grow nearly 12 per cent by 2024.
The area will give manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the the opportunity to exhibit new products and showcase techniques to the forward-looking retail market.
Throughout Hall 10, international manufacturers coming to Autumn Fair from Ghana, Tunisia, India, Pakistan, China and Korea, among other nations, will be bringing together the biggest and best products for toys, gift, home, fashion and kitchen and dining buyers.
Julie Driscoll, Regional Director at Autumn Fair, says the initiative will give retailes who can’t commit to overseas trips “international sourcing opportunities at their doorstep”.
“For those who have previously felt that the world’s most competitive, high quality and dedicated suppliers have been out of reach will can now forge significant new supplier relationships,” she adds. “Not only that, but we’ll be pushing to attract more international retailers to buy from the UK-based suppliers that are the foundation of our show.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that we share the latest trend intelligence for international vendors to ensure that they’re bringing the most relevant products for the UK market.”
A dedicated Sourcing Theatre will host talks from well-known industry experts on supply chain management, partnerships, and more will offer advice. And visitors will also be able to draw inspiration from the hall’s trend installation, exploring trends that will impact product development and what consumers will be looking for in Autumn/Winter 2020/21.

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