Dear Friends,

Apparel - - From the President's Desk - RAHUL ME­HTA

As I write this piece, I am sit­ting in the An­nual Pune Con­ven­tion of the CMAI Western Re­gion, lis­ten­ing to some ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tions on GST in one ses­sion, and Maratha His­tory in the other! This is a unique event held by the Pune Chap­ter once a year, where nearly 65 to 70 mem­bers gather to learn, to share, and speak about their busi­nesses. I par­tic­u­larly love their for­mat, which al­ways in­cludes one ses­sion on a to­tally non-In­dus­try re­lated topic. Some­times, it is on Pub­lic Speak­ing, some­times on Yoga, and, at other times, on Lit­er­a­ture or Hu­mour. It is a great es­cape from bor­ing speeches on top­ics we ac­tu­ally want to get away from! How­ever, what thrilled me this time was a brief pre­sen­ta­tion by our So­la­pur mem­bers – talk­ing about their re­cent Ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cused on Uni­forms, which was vis­ited by over 3000 buy­ers! They also shared their plans of en­cour­ag­ing Ex­ports of Home Fur­nish­ings, Uni­forms, Bed sheets, etc. They are plan­ning a del­e­ga­tion to par­tic­i­pate in a Buyer Seller meet in Kenya this year! Wow! This is what I see as aim­ing high, in com­plete dis­re­gard to what the rest of the world sees as lim­i­ta­tions and con­straints! Well done! On an­other sub­ject, the prepara­tory work on GST ap­pears to be com­ing to a close, and all as­pects other than the Rate al­lo­ca­tion should be com­pleted by this month end. As I have shared ear­lier, CMAI is press­ing hard for a Uni­form, seam­less GST at the low­est pos­si­ble slab. Hope­fully, we shall suc­ceed! The SS17 sea­son seems to have started off on a pos­i­tive note, and fi­nally, it looks as if the In­dus­try is re­al­is­ing the folly of long and ex­tended Dis­count Sales. Most Brands and Re­tail­ers seem to have launched their new col­lec­tions by mid Fe­bru­ary, and the re­sults are ev­i­dent in terms of Sales! With ev­ery pass­ing month, I can say more con­fi­dently that the de­mon­eti­sa­tion de­mons have more or less passed. Ev­ery month ap­pears to be bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous. Keep the fin­gers crossed!

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