Supply Chain Panel - What is Hong Kong’s evolving role in regional sourcing?

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Supply Chain Panel - What is Hong Kong’s evolving role in regional sourcing?

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For many years Hong Kong has played a significant role in low-cost sourcing, particularly with goods being bought from China. The contribution to the Hong Kong economy both in employment and the flow of goods through its companies and ports is very significant. With rising costs in China and the broader spread of countries being sourced from in the region, sourcing offices in Hong Kong, and companies around the world, are faced with new challenges.

In this panel, our experts will discuss their experiences and observations of the evolving role Hong Kong is playing for their businesses. The panel will review the key aspects that have made the region competitive and attractive as a sourcing hub for businesses and the changes to the landscape. Similarly the new skills and resources that will be needed to succeed in the future will be debated. This thought-provoking session will help identify the challenges for Hong Kong based sourcing operations and how they can adapt to remain relevant and competitive.

About the panelists:

Anthony Sutcliffe has 23 years of International retail experience, of which 18 have been spent in senior retail sourcing and procurement roles in Asia. He is currently Managing Director of Home Retail Group Asia where he leads the Asian direct sourcing operations across China and South East Asia. Prior to his current role, Anthony spent 12 years in Kingfisher plc where he held several leadership positions in global sourcing, supply chain and procurement, most latterly as Kingfisher’s Group Sourcing & Supply Director. Anthony has extensive experience of designing and building retail sourcing organisations, with a focus on delivering own brand strategies, margin enhancement programmes and supply chain optimisation. Anthony is based in Hong Kong and is the current Chair of the British Retailers Club of Hong Kong.

Colin Browne was born and educated in the UK but has spent most of his professional career in Asia. He is currently based in Hong Kong from where he manages sourcing for the VF group’s stable of brands. Colin began his career in the UK but in 1988 he left the UK and joined Reebok in South Korea. During the 1990’s Colin moved in quick succession from Korea to Thailand and then onto China, Philippines and Thailand where he pioneered Reeboks Footwear and Apparel sourcing. In 1997 joined a Thai manufacturing group as COO where he focused on restructuring the group following the Asian crises. In 2002 Colin was appointed as CEO of Pentland Asia with a specific focus on establishing both sourcing and sales/distribution for Lacoste, Speedo, Berghaus and Ellesse. In 2007 Colin was promoted to the Pentland Executive Board. In early 2010 Colin left Pentland and spent a year with the Li and Fung Group. He joined VF in 2011. Colin is the Chairman of the AMCHAM Apparel and Footwear Committee.

Dominic Jephcott
is Chair of the British Chamber’s Strategic Supply Chain Forum. Dominic founded Vendigital after many years of business management within large, global corporations. With 20 years of executive responsibility, he understands the vital role and influence that supply markets play in creating a healthy profit line and driving top-line growth. This understanding and his passion for execution has shaped Vendigital. As CEO, Dominic is now based in Hong Kong running Vendigital’s Asia business. Dominic is a chartered engineer and holds a masters’ degree in engineering from Cambridge University.

Pansy Yau
has 26 years of experience in economic and business research. Pansy joined the HKTDC in 1991. She is now the deputy director of the research department, providing leadership and research direction for the department and overseeing development of the HKTDC Research portal. Before this, Pansy headed the Greater China Research team for 17 years.



Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club. No jeans or sports shoes.

This event is part of the Logistics and Maritime Weeks (LMW), which takes place during the month of the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC)Event participants are entitled to 50% discount on admission to the ALMC Exhibition on 17 - 18 November (offer expires on 28 Oct). You will receive the discount code in your event confirmation email. To register for the ALMC, please go to


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Non-Member $ 450.00 HKD
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  • Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club. No jeans or sports shoes.
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Supply Chain Panel - What is Hong Kong’s evolving role in regional sourcing?

Tue, November 10, 2015
08:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Anthony Sutcliffe, Managing Director, Home Retail Group (Asia) Limited

Colin Browne, Vice President & Managing Director of Asia Sourcing, VF Corporation

Dominic Jephcott, CEO, Vendigital Ltd

Pansy Yau, Deputy Director of Research, HKTDC

Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central. Hosted by Andrew Seaton
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