African-American Millennials to Claim Stake in Apparel Market Share amid COVID-19

Kassa Trade Organization | August 25, 2020

Since the spread of COVID-19, China has had difficulty keeping a positive business image. Many nations and companies have been looking for manufacturing alternatives outside of China. As COVID-19 continues to shake up the apparel manufacturing sector, two African-American millennials hope to claim their stake in market share. The Kassa Trade Organization, or Kassa Trade, was founded in early 2020 with the goal of bringing apparel manufacturing into the 21st century.

Kassa Trade works directly with factories, in South America, so that they are able to minimize costs and provide lower prices to retailers and designers who need inventory. Retailers who have worked with Kassa Trade have the ability to refill their previous orders via text message, making the process quick and simple.

"We saw too many issues with how small-to-medium-sized retailers purchased their inventory," says Bowei Oki, Vice President and Co-Founder. "Retailers are overpaying wholesalers to attain their products. Retailers who attempt to reach out to factories directly, typically do it via Alibaba. The ability to communicate and gauge quality on Alibaba can be difficult. We wanted to make the process simple and remove the headache."

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Henkel, Carbon | October 20, 2020

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With possible applications for fenced in areas and lodgings, light line models, bottle models, dances and installations for creation floors and that's only the tip of the iceberg, Loctite 3D IND405 Clear offers specialists and creators an unmistakable and sturdy material arrangement. "Henkel is a leading provider of single-component technologies for additive manufacturing," says Dr. Simon Mawson, Senior Vice President and Head of 3D Printing at Henkel. "Our expanded partnership with Carbon allows us to deliver Loctite solutions to customers in the aerospace, automotive, industrial and medical markets. Together we offer an efficient additive manufacturing workflow that facilitates the production of durable end-use parts." Henkel is a longstanding confided in accomplice for giving modern answers for a wide assortment of ventures. Under its driving Loctite brand, the organization offers a developing arrangement of tars for photopolymer 3D printing. 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Velo3D | August 25, 2021

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