Swarnotsav 1 started on 5th October the event witnessed a collaboration of stalwarts from GJC as well as eminent retailers from all across the country. In the words of N Anantha Padmanabhan (Chairman, GJC), “Today marks the beginning of a new digital age in the gems and jewellery industry. The inauguration of GJS Virtual and its amazing response not just substantiates the efficacy of the portal but also establishes the need for change. GJS Virtual is the future of trade.” Over the last 6 days, with over 5500 registered visitors, the industry has witnessed history being created with digitalisation at the forefront. With towering numbers like 4100+ contacts made, 40,000+ business discussions furnished and 900+ meetings done, it can be easily established that Swarnotsav 1 was a grand success and a big relief to the industry that mostly remained under lockdown over the last 6 months.
On this Saiyam Mehra (COA, GJC & Co-convener, GJS) said, “I think the numbers have done the talking. GJS Virtual was the need of the hour and this has truly changed the dynamics of trade. This is just the beginning though as we have 5 more exhibitions lined up with loads of surprises to unravel.”
Apart from business, Swarnotsav 1 also furnished discussions on few very relevant topics of the industry, be it TCS and its impact, digitalisation, changing consumer mindset, art of creating new designs, the advent of the new generation of jewellers and the relevance of history in jewellery creation through the webinars conducted over the 6 days. We also got to see some beautiful collections from the exhibitors during the webinars.
Ashok Minawala (Past Chairman, GJC & GJS Committee Member) commented, “A B2B exhibition is not just about business. It is also about interaction, knowledge sharing and widening your perspective with regard to the industry. Keeping that in mind, we organised these webinars everyday touching as many topics as we could. However, there will be a lot more to discuss in the next 5 exhibitions as well.”
Currently, GJS Virtual is hosting 49 of the finest names of the industry as exhibitors. They represent various categories of the gem and jewellery industry and can easily suffice the requirements of the buyers owing to the surging demands for the festive season. Nitin Khandelwal (IPC, GJC & GJS Committee Member) said, “There is a very famous saying, ‘If the plan does not work, change the plan, but never the goal’. The first set of exhibitors that we hosted for Swarnotsav 1 decided to go against the tide and they have reaped the benefits. There is a lot more to come though.”
The journey does not end here. It is merely the end of the first 6 days of fun, excitement, and lots of business avenues. GJS Virtual is LIVE for the entire year. GJC has a lot of plans and surprises in store as GJS Virtual continues till 31st August, 2021. As a closing statement, Ashish Pethe (Zonal Chairman West, GJC) said, “As a retailer myself, I think GJS Virtual is a boon. It will bring a hugely required change in the industry. Its features are curated keeping us and our requirements in mind and I would strongly recommend retailers, all over the world, to make the best use of the opportunity.”
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