Building Closer Relationships
What Is The COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) Program?
COTTON USA’s SCM Program helps you to:
Get the most up-to-date information on the business opportunities available in Leading garment producing countries or regions.
Develop relationships throughout the entire apparel supply chain from the U.S. cotton rich yarn and fabric suppliers to leading garment manufactures servicing leading consumer markets such as Europe, Japan and the United States.
The purpose of the COTTON USA SCM Program is to facilitate business relationships and information exchange between the U.S. cotton-rich textile industry and garment manufacturing companies throughout the world. Through our offices all over the world , the COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing Program provides a comprehensive information source for increased business in the global cotton textile and apparel supply chain.
The original COTTON USA SCM Program began in January 2000 when Cotton Council International partnered with a group of U.S. textile mills to sponsor the COTTON USA Sourcing Program in the Caribbean Basin. In 2003 we launched our Supply Chain Program bridging European, Japanese and American brands and retailers with quality U.S. cotton rich textile suppliers from across Asia, South Asia and the Andean region. The newest branch of the program now partners with Thai and Turkish textile mills. We hope to expand even more in the near future.
Funded by the U.S. Cotton Industry, Cotton Incorporated and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), CCI’s SCM Program provides information on preferential trade agreements, business developments, and sourcing resources.
Who Operates the COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) Program?
The COTTON USA Supply Chain Marketing (SCM) Program is managed by Cotton Council International (CCI), a non-profit trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to promote the export of U.S. cotton and cotton textile products. CCI is the international marketing division of the National Cotton Council (NCC) of America, the central industry association representing all seven segments of the U.S. cotton industry: farmers, ginners, warehousemen, cotton seed crushers, merchants, cooperatives, and U.S. textile manufacturers. Each of these groups pay voluntary dues based on a per-bale or per-ton-of-seed basis. One of its important functions of the National Cotton Council is communicating the U.S. cotton industry's policy positions to the U.S. government. The NCC has been closely involved with the passage and implementation of many trade policy agreements affecting the United States cotton industry.
Cotton Council International has offices in Memphis, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong, as well as representatives in Sao Paulo, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Dhaka, Düsseldorf, Gurgaon (New Delhi), Ho chi Minh City, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Makati City (Manila), Osaka, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Taipei.
CCI is involved in developing both business to business relationships and international consumer promotions to increase the worldwide consumption of U.S. cotton.
Our funding comes from our parent, the National Cotton Council, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other U.S. cotton industry associations. Cotton Incorporated is a large financial supporter of Cotton Council International Programs.
What Services Does COTTON USA’s SCM Program Offer?
The COTTON USA SCM Program sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year to increase awareness of COTTON USA suppliers and build closer relationships between the textile and apparel businesses (suppliers) and global garment manufacturing, brand and retail industry (buyers).
Benefits to our COTTON USA Mill Partners include:
Latest information on free trade agreements
COTTON USA Mark license to promote your products
Promotion of your company during COTTON USA’s SCM events and programs such as
buyer focused events such as buyers tours or supplier meetings to meet with potential customers
major international trade shows
being featured in COTTON USA’s SCM database and in Cotton Incorporated’s COTTONWORKS® Fabric Library
The COTTON USA SCM Program has sponsored several private buyers tours throughout the world in major textile supply countries such as China, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam and Indonesia. These events start with initial country or regional briefings to highlight the benefits of the local textile industry. The main focus of the Buyers Tours are private trade shows that allow buyers and suppliers to meet. Buyers are selected on an invitation only basis and suppliers are vetted in order to ensure they are COTTON USA qualified quality suppliers with proven track records in the export business. We end the Buyers Tours with optional factory tours that allow buyers to see various types of yarn, textile and garment production.
For select partners searching for COTTON USA quality yarns, fabrics and finished goods, CCI can organize customized country-specific supplier meetings based on specific needs or parameters provided by the partner.
We also provide sourcing services at various international trade shows. Large spaces are taken at Colombiatex, CBI Apparel Souring Show, Heimtextil, Intertextile Shanghai, Premiere Vision, Texworld, and many other reputable trade shows. In addition, CCI participates in various trade shows in the United States, such as Material World in Miami, to provide contacts and information to apparel executives attending these shows.
How to Get Involved in the COTTON USA Sourcing Program?
To get more information on the COTTON USA Sourcing Program and how you can participate, please contact CCI’s representatives.