Challenges of Buying PPE in the COVID-19 Pandemic for New and Experienced International Buyers Webinar

The PCIAW® is pleased to announce it will be hosting its third webinar, ‘Challenges of Buying PPE in the COVID-19 pandemic for international new and experienced buyers’, on Wednesday 16th September 2020 from 2:00pm-3:30pm (BST).

Join the PCIAW® team and panel of industry experts to learn about the multitude of challenges facing international uniform and PPE buyers during this pandemic.

These challenges have ranged from the attention paid to fabrics to ensure safety of the wearers, to anti-viral treatments for garments, to the handling of a broken supply chain. 

This webinar will include:

  • Experiences of providing uniform and PPE across a range of international industries, including:
    • Airline
    • Banking
    • Postal
  • The opportunity to hear from suppliers about the experience of manufacturing closer to your customers during the pandemic
  • Knowledge of the new products in the market designed to make uniforms safer for staff and customers
  • Discussion of the challenges faced such as lack of volume of products, movable timelines, the issue of sustainability and more 

Who should attend:

Whichever industry you work in, wherever you are in the world, whether you are an experienced buyer or have found yourself needing to source and buy PPE for staff and customers for the first time, this webinar will provide exclusive information and insights from international buyers on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Panellists include:


PCIAW® Uniform Buyers’ Network– Samantha Heilling (PCIAW® Uniform Buyers’ Network Chair)

Air Canada – (TBA)

NatWest Group – Louise Johnson (Uniform Manager, Frontline Support, Personal and Premier Distribution)

Virgin Atlantic – (TBA)

Royal Mail – Feedback from Mark Harris (Procurement Manager) presented by Samantha Heilling


We have heard many uniform and PPE buyers request more on information on two key topics: manufacturing closer to home and anti-viral treatments. We are thrilled to have the below experts speaking on these topics:

Calvelex – César Araújo (Chief Executive Officer)

César Araújo has expertise in manufacturing within Europe and will provide information on the topic of manufacturing closer home.

HeiQ – Paul Middleton (Global Technical Director for HeiQ Materials AG)

HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation, creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile technologies on the market today.

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The PCIAW® is accepting questions from attendees of the webinar. If you would like to submit a question for our panel of buyers and suppliers, please contact with your name, company and question. There will also be an option to submit a question whilst the webinar is in progress.

Register for the ‘Challenges of buying PPE in COVID-19 Pandemic for New and Experienced International Buyers’ Webinar now!

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