Today, a new match making service for buyers and suppliers in workwear, corporate clothing, PPE and accessories is launched, aiming to create transparency, reliability and drive sustainability in the global apparel sector.
The Uniform Buyers Network (UBN) identified many sustainability challenges faced by key players in this rapidly evolving global corporate sector and has developed solutions that enable buyers and suppliers to work together to capitalize on the latest advances in apparel science and technology .
Commenting on this new free service, Yvette Ashby, CEO of the Professional Clothing Industry Association (PCIAW), said, “Developing credible partnerships in the industry is key to efficiently sourcing sustainable, recyclable and resource efficient uniforms with accuracy and consistency of global sizing and design . "
Whitney Cathcart, Co-Founder and CSO of 3DLOOK, said, “We have had the honor and pleasure of working with the amazing proactive team at PCIAW for over a year and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. The team's strong network, constant updates in industry news, and solid reputation have helped 3DLOOK connect with the major players in the unified marketplace and create a buzz as they work on multiple thought leaders. We believe PCIAW's new match making platform has the potential to completely change current workwear sourcing guidelines, promote sustainability, and create trust and transparency in the industry. As a trusted member of PCIAW, 3DLOOK is very excited about this ongoing initiative and looks forward to its launch. "
PCIAW works with Business in the Community (BITC) to drive sustainable clothing sourcing policy with the industry. Peter Belk, Director of BITC, comments: "The match-making platform is the ideal place to test and implement the principles for sustainable procurement developed by BITC and PCIAW in consultation with buyers and suppliers from across the industry."
One of the main benefits of this new initiative is that financial and business valuation specialist Plimsoll Published Ltd provides financial and market data reports on suppliers before they are matched with buyers. This saves time for buyers searching the market for compatible business partners and is intended to help establish trust and transparency between both parties quickly.