B2B Digital Apparel Sourcing Platforms – Connecting Apparel Buyers and Manufacturers

digital apparel sourcing platform

During this lockdown period, for the garment manufacturers, it is a tough time to understand how to get orders, and who is the right person to approach. It is more difficult for newcomers to sustain while top tire apparel manufacturing companies are reducing their production capacity. Many big factories are closing their factories due to the decrease in orders. In this current situation, digital sourcing platforms can help you in continuing your fashion manufacturing business or starting a new business in fashion manufacturing.

I am not sure how much business you will get from digital sourcing platforms. But you can register and test if this works for your business. By doing this you can show your presence on the digital platforms.

Digital Sourcing platform for manufacturers

The challenges in getting orders are not only during this pandemic, for many small businesses face many challenges around the year.

Digital sourcing platforms can be another channel for getting business. You need to keep hope for business from the digital sourcing platform. 

Sewport, the digital sourcing platform, you can join as a manufacturer if you provide one or more of the following services - you are a garment factory, sampling studio, pattern cutter, graphic designer or tech pack maker, freelance consultant, sourcing specialist, fabric or trims manufacturer or any other garment production service company.

Digital sourcing platform for Buyers and Designers

I think digital apparel sourcing platforms are good for small designers and brands. The B2B digital apparel platforms also help designers and fashion brands to grow the wholesale business online.

They can start their business and get their designs manufactured by an experienced manufacturing company. The digital sourcing platforms ensure their manufacturer are trusted and comply with quality standards. You can see the factory capacity; you can see their business volume and certifications. You can choose the best supplier for your product and the sourcing country from where you need to source.

The benefit of using these platforms - you do not need to travel. This way you can source your garments in a more sustainable way.

Global fashion buyers can also take part in these digital platforms. For buyers, joining these souring platforms is free.  

Services provided by digital sourcing platforms

They enlist apparel manufacturer and their profile on the sourcing page.
Other than just listing supplier companies, and fashion manufacturers on the digital page, digital sourcing platforms provide various services. 
  • Few of them provide technical support for making a product tech pack 
  • Provide tools for tracking orders
  • these platforms take care of logistics 
  • Sewport used to post projects (orders)
  • You can learn about common services are listed on the sourcing sites

Digital sourcing platforms

Here is a list of some well-known digital sourcing platforms that are currently active. Visit these platforms and explore more if the digital souring platform works for you.  

  1. Manufy
  2. Fashinza (India-based fashion sourcing platform)
  3. Groyyo 
  4. Supply Compass
  5. Sewport
  6. Foursource 
  7. Geniemode 

1. About Foursource:

Foursource, headquartered in Berlin, was founded by experienced technology innovators and industry experts. The management team around the CEO Godecke Wessel and CSO Jonas Wand contributes know-how from various fashion and e-commerce companies. Their aim is to make apparel sourcing less costly, and safer and to provide solutions that enable all market players to substantially speed-up their cycle time. 

On the Foursource platform, buyers and manufacturers create a company profile, describe their business, define their product range, outline order profiles and add certification requirements or statements. A matching algorithm lists search results by relevance while additional filters allow members to select product categories, target groups, countries, required certification or even garment treatment types while looking for potential global partners. 

Company profiles can be checked in depth directly. The digital showroom feature provides an opportunity for suppliers to permanently display their best products and gives buyers a perfect overview of the production capabilities of a manufacturer, without travelling. Foursource is one of the largest market networks for global sourcing and simplifies the everyday life of garment buyers and manufacturers with a B2B network of around 40.000 companies in 100+ countries.

2. About Manufy.com

Manufy is an online marketplace that connects buyers to the best-suited European manufacturers. Manufy lets you create your own business page where you can showcase your products and services, easily make or bid on quotations and show all your granted certifications.

Right now, finding new leads for your business or the right manufacturers for your innovative products might be quite a difficult task. Searching on the internet, traveling the world to exhibit on fairs or trying to get the hold on brands through social media might have been the best way for now. All these options can also be very time consuming, expensive, and might lead you into the wrong direction regarding customers or manufacturers. Besides, Asian counterparts have been developing their business at a rapid pace for the last 20 years. 

3. About Geniemode

Geniemode, a India based B2B  fashion sourcing platform was founded in May 2021 by co-founders Amit Sharma and Tanuj Gangwani.  

Geniemode claims to be a one-stop sourcing and supply chain solution startup with an innovative technology-based platform for retailers and suppliers dealing in home decor, textile, furniture, apparel, and accessories categories.

Check more about Geniemode here

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog. He lives in India. linkedin

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