Buyers supervise every step of the buying process, including purchasing and examination of merchandise as well as logistics
Each and every item that we use in our daily life needs to go through a buying process. Buyers will follow through the process from start to finish, including cargo examinations, testing, import and export clearance and logistics. In Hong Kong, buyers are mainly hired for the purchasing of garments, toys and electronic products, with fashion buyers being the most common.
Fashion buyers need to travel around the world to explore different brands and styles. They should have a keen sense of the latest fashion trends, and should also have a certain understanding of the garment industry and a necessary knowledge of different fabrics, designs, and patterns, so as to introduce the latest, trend-setting items of the brand. For instance, as people are more awaken to the concept of environmental protection nowadays, fashion brands strive to develop garments made with environmentally-friendly materials, and buyers would be on the look out for such items as well.
Buyers mostly need to travel to Southeast Asia in recent years as the center of gravity of the industrial sector has gradually shifted there. Buyers should also learn business skills and the different cultures in different places in order to communicate better with the producers. Meanwhile, after identifying the materials and merchandise, buyers will also be responsible to handle shipping dates, quotations and orders before the buying process is completed.Interested in this industry?