On March 6, 2014, the 9th DTB/MODINT sourcing convention gathered international sourcing and buying executives in Düsseldorf, Germany. The bi-annual meeting was once again organized by German DTB (Dialog Textil-Bekleidung) in close cooperation with Dutch apparel association MODINT and the International Apparel Federation (IAF).

Speeches and panels comprised legal pitfalls in global sourcing, sourcing innovations in China and the challenges and opportunities of sourcing in China.  
One of the most striking results of the convention was that in the short and medium run, there are few volume alternatives to China and Bangladesh, the main sourcing countries. New production countries, such as Ethiopia, are not yet visible in the broad figures. Fueled by this realization, the apparel companies’ focus has shifted from moving production to improving production, and the industry has started to invest in factories and the supply chain again. The convention’s delegates and speakers were very positive about this shift in focus. Many speakers showed how savings and productivity improvements have been achieved in their respective companies by investing in energy saving measures, transport infrastructure, safety of buildings and manufacturing techniques. IAF’s Matthijs Crietee highlighted how a collaborative effort involving buyers and manufacturers will improve the system performance of the apparel value chain.

The 10th Sourcing Convention will take place in Vienna on September 24, 2014.