Last week, the supplier meeting 2019 and its amazing success were in the spotlight at Schijvens! This year the annual meeting took place in the Netherlands (after editions in locations including Karachi, Hong Kong and Turkey). During the four-day programme, we further familiarised the suppliers with Schijvens and the customers for whom they manufacture clothing. We once again let them experience what it is like to be part of the Schijvens family.
The pluses and minuses of last year were discussed during the performance meeting on Thursday. Quality, delivery time and sustainability, as well as future plans on Livable Wages and environmental steps, for example, were focal. As in previous years, the Supplier of the Year Award was given to the best supplier, who won US$ 3000 for their team.
On Friday, we and the suppliers visited various shops where their corporate clothing is worn. They heard the opinion of the end users of the clothing and saw their clothing in actual use with their own eyes. In the afternoon the meet & greet took place at the office in Hilvarenbeek. During this event, Schijvens invited various customers, creating a meeting between ‘East & West’, the supplier and the customer. While everyone enjoyed a snack and a drink, there was plenty of networking and the teams participated fanatically in the quiz. During this event, it was announced that Schijvens and Zeeman are going to pay a living wage at the factory in Pakistan.
On Saturday, the suppliers visited Safari at the Beekse Bergen, and traditional Dutch games were played in the context of ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’. The supplier meeting was then concluded together with the Schijvens team with a delicious barbecue organised by Hutten catering.
Check here the aftermovie: