Within the aftermath of COVID-19, the native clothes companies seized maintain of the main pageant seasons to face erect all once more. Within the final yr, native manufacturers and retailers missed the 2 greatest annual occasions because the pandemic was at its peak that point. In order that they have been gearing themselves up just lately.
Clothes companies noticed their final large days in February 2020, earlier than the outbreak of the pandemic; which, by no means ran optimum till now. The Falgun and Valentine’s Day commenced their factories full-blown. Although the most important occasions like Pohela Boishakh and Eid-ul-Fitr are but to come back, the February fests have already sat on to deliver clients.
Monsoor Ahmed, Secretary of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Affiliation (BTMA) mentioned that “Yearly, native spinners and weavers can promote Tk 25,000 crore price of yarn and materials through the Pohela Boishakh and Eid-ul-Fitr festivals. Final yr, we missed an enormous quantity of enterprise as a lot of the factories had been closed through the two large festivals in March and April.”
Although the pandemic risk has not been eradicated totally, the enterprise insiders hope that the vaccination program will construct confidence and let folks come out of their properties like earlier than.
Ahmed expects as a lot as Khalid Mahmood Khan, one of many founders of Kay Kraft, who says, “It’s anticipated that individuals will begin popping out from their properties.”
Kay Kraft operating 25 shops countrywide, began dealing with slackened turnovers from March 2020.
One other enterprise chief Biplob Saha, the Managing Director of Bishwarong mentioned that enterprise is recovering slowly however it’s but to be optimum. Lacking out on two most important profit-making alternatives final yr hit them onerous.
Then again, the Managing Director of Sadakalo, Azharul Hoque Azad mentioned, “The scholars and lecturers represent a serious phase of consumers of these items. So, the gross sales of clothes gadgets won’t be pretty much as good as we expect now.”
There are a few different challenges standing in entrance of the native manufacturers and retailers. One is the sparing tendency of individuals in worry of COVID-after uncertainty and one other is the net or digital platform of recent companies. Many manufacturers, even small retailers discovered it extra worthwhile advertising by way of digitalization as on-line buying has gained reputation through the years.
The native clothes market is greater than 10,000 crore and the native garment market is about $14 billion.
Azad mentioned, “It’s true that the gross sales of clothes gadgets will improve this yr however to not the extent of pre-COVID instances.”
The Chairman of Little Star Spinning Mill, Khorshed Alam expressed that he has reached the pre-COVID manufacturing stage already, which is an indication of revival.
He mentioned, earlier than COVID-19, his factories yielded 15,000 to 17,000 kilos of yarn each day for the native market. Now he produces the identical on daily basis; although, it fell to eight,000 kilos a day through the pandemic.