Google Partners With The British Retail Consortium, Steps Up Support For SME Retailers

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have created their “Open For Business” initiative this year to support small businesses improve their digital presence and respond to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Last week they announced specific and targeted support for SME retailers through a partnership with the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Becky Power, the new UK Director of Consumer Retail at Google spoke about their partnership with the BRC , saying:

“We’ve seen retailers take huge steps to adapt to restrictions and shifts in consumer behaviour brought about by COVID-19… as we approach an incredibly important three months for retail, Google has launched a range of initiatives designed to put businesses back on the front foot.”

The partnership is part of Google’s global mission to support one million businesses to remain open by the end of 2021.

It focuses on two key elements – providing retailers with access to the digital skills that they need to navigate their new reality, and providing businesses with support and visibility across Google’s platforms.

Digitally upskilling retailers

With the growth in online selling, having the skills to build and use an effective online presence is crucial for retailers.

“In the space of just a few months, shoppers’ use of technology has leapt forward years – we’ve seen a 60% increase in internet usage, while search interest in online shopping and how to buy online has doubled globally.” stated Power.

However, not all businesses are equally equipped to make the most of this shift, and according to Power, “30% of UK businesses don’t have a website”.

In an attempt to level this playing field, Google has created a one-stop shop for small businesses to access training and support, called Google for Small Business.

The website gives a host of toolkits for business owners to

Top SME Clothing & Garment Apparel Manufacturers Dony Garment in Vietnam: Fashion, Uniform, Workwear Suppliers

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The EVFTA Agreement will ensure that Vietnam gets a competitive advantage over China.
The EVFTA Agreement will ensure that Vietnam gets a competitive advantage over China.
The EVFTA Agreement will ensure that Vietnam gets a competitive advantage over China.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sept. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vietnam is quickly being recognized as one of the fastest clothing and apparel manufacturers in the world. Despite being a developing nation, Vietnam is capable of producing high-quality goods with low production costs.

The country has dedicated over 2.3 million people towards the clothing and textile industry. This industry adheres to the dynamic market demands and rates while operating efficiently. 

Existing factories in China are becoming overcrowded. This allowed their manufacturing expertise to spill over borders into Vietnam. Multilateral free trade agreements such as TPP and EVFTA have also encouraged industry growth. 

The EVFTA Agreement will ensure that Vietnam gets a competitive advantage over China. This enables them to enjoy 0% tax benefits that other countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia also get.

So, what does this industry have to offer?

Why the Clothing and Apparel Industry is Fast-Growing

Vietnam’s clothing and apparel industry is imbued with history and tradition. Women have known sericulture for centuries. And they have been creating beautiful, sophisticated silk materials of high value for just as long.

The textile industry didn’t develop until the mid-1900s. Today, it’s one of the most important sectors contributing to the country’s socio-development structure. This sector is also the biggest export earner.

The only catch is that the country has to outsource its raw materials. Garments factories have to import a large percentage of cotton used in manufacturing. Cotton is used to produce multiple items like pants, shirts, dresses, and even towels.

Vietnam is in a beneficial position geographically. The country has two international airports and several major ports. This