TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2013) - DHL, the global market leader in logistics, is set to shine a spotlight on the competitive and global nature of the Canadian fashion industry by kicking off its 2nd DHL Fashion Industry Panel on Tuesday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in "The Studio" at World MasterCard Fashion Week. As the official logistics partner for the event, DHL hopes to spur an insightful conversation with the local fashion community on the knowledge and resources critically needed by emerging and established designers to improve business and drive long-term success in the Canadian fashion business.

"This is the second year in a row we are offering young designers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to tap into some of the industry's brightest minds, and to share DHL's decades of fashion industry experience with Canadian retailers and designers," said Greg Hewitt, President of DHL Express Canada and panel participant. "We think it's very important to address these topics in order to help young designers and entrepreneurs to succeed in a very competitive market. We want to make sure they understand the nuances that go into building a successful brand, and we, as a global company, can help them thrive through our expertise and connections."

Fashion is internationally recognized as a difficult industry to break into and achieve long-term success. Canadian market designers and fashion retailers face the additional challenges of selling to a small domestic market already saturated by large international brands. Along with real-life design experiences from Christopher Bates and Adam Taubenfligel of Triarchy, this year's panel will include business and retail advice from Mark Zimmermann of MaRs and Roxanne Joyal of Me to We. Jarrad Clark, Director of Global Production for IMG Fashion will also be talking about the lessons he thinks are key for young entrepreneurs for their own businesses, and how these insights apply not only to their brand at Fashion Week, but also other venues that offer exposure locally and globally.

"Becoming an internationally known brand doesn't happen by accident, and it isn't all about the artistic vision and designs," says Jarrad Clark, Director of Global Production at IMG Fashion. "Knowing how to seek out growth opportunities, how to find key business allies and handle the business aspect of a fashion label or retailer are integral considerations for any successful brand."

DHL has developed specific logistics solutions to meet the demanding needs of the fashion sector. As specialists in international shipping and logistics, DHL masters the fashion supply chain - from procurement of material to sample production, quality control, warehousing and processing of garments to direct delivery to shops. DHL's customers include both large retail groups with complex distribution requirements as well as small, independent fashion boutiques requiring a one-off service.

As a global company operating in 220 countries worldwide, DHL can deliver optimized supply chains, reduced lead times and easy access to new markets for up-and-comers and established fashion icons. DHL's fashion industry solutions include distribution centre management, international supply chain management, analysis and design, e-commerce management a Global Fashion Network.

DHL - The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The Logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2012.

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