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DITF 2020 sees hefty discounts on women’s apparels

Md Habibulla, Dhaka
DITF 2020 sees hefty discounts on women’s apparels

Almost all the stalls and pavilions selling women’s garments have been offering heavy discounts right from the very beginning to lure customers to the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF 2020).  Most of the stalls are selling local brands at the fair. This correspondent, who visited the fair yesterday, saw the stalls and pavilions, which are selling several branded garments, were going to great lengths to attract customers. Though there were only thin crowds in the morning, more and more people walked into the fairground as the day progressed.

Talking to The Independent, owners of several stalls and pavilions said that they are offering heavy discounts to draw female customers. Around 50 national and international stalls are selling women's clothing and are catering to a variety of buyers. AM Rafiqullah, the sales executive of a pavilion, said they are focusing on showcasing locally-produced clothes for women, such as salwar kameez sets, fatuas, kurtis and other items. “We are here to introduce and promote our products to customers,” he said, adding, “So far, sales figures have been satisfactory. We are offering discounts on our products.”

Gias Uddin, owner of Samia Fashion, said: “We are offering three-set ‘three pieces’ at Tk. 1,500, while the price of a single set is Tk. 600.” Md Raihan, a sales executive of Bithi Jamdani, said: “We are selling different types of saris, including Jamdani, Katan and Tangail Tat. We offer Jamdani saris for Tk. 450 while three sets of saris are being sold at Tk. 1,200.” Mamun, the in-charge of an Indian stall, said: “The number of visitors has increased compared to previous years. This year we’re offering up to 25 per cent discount on some products.”

“We’re offering three sets of ‘three pieces’ for women for just Tk. 999, while the price of a single set is Tk. 450. We have reduced the prices of women’s clothing to attract shoppers,” said a salesman of New Nabarupa Textile.  Riad Reza, the in-charge of another foreign stall, said: “We are not giving any specific discounts. It depends on the customer. Sometimes we offer 10 per cent and sometimes 5 per cent discount.”

Jarin Akhter, a shopper, said: “Buying clothes from the trade fair has always been cheaper as companies here offer hefty discounts.”  Sources in the Export Promotion Board (EPB) said 20 countries, including the US, the UK, Italy, Australia, Bhutan, China, India, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey, are participating in the fair. A total of 450 stalls have been set up in the fair. Last year, however, the number was 550. The number of general stalls has come down to 50 from 250.

According to DITF sources, over 100 CCTV cameras have been set up at the venue to carry out 24-hour surveillance. Two dedicated play zones for children have been set up at the fair.  On December 1, 1995, the DITF began its journey of showcasing export-quality goods produced in Bangladesh. Since then, the number of visitors to the fair has grown exponentially.   The fair is open to the public from 10am to 9pm everyday. Tickets cost Tk. 40 for adults and Tk. 20 for children. This year, the EPB authorities have set a target to get more export orders compared to the previous year. Last year, the expected target of export orders was USD 20 million.

HM
 

 

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