Sourcing knowledge is becoming a must-have even for small to mid-sized brands and retailers hoping to add private label to their product mix. Whether working with factories at home or overseas, a basic knowledge of supply chain management is essential to avoid pitfalls. This session presents the basics of “need to know” in order to research, find and work successfully in the apparel sourcing arena.
Frances Harder, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT, FASHION BUSINESS, INC.
Lloyd Parks, JUNIOR DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SOURCING AND QUALITY CONTROL, ALSTYLE APPAREL, INC.
Ron Smith, DIRECTOR OF SOURCING, THE ORVIS COMPANY, INC.
Over the past four years, the industry has had to adjust to a “perfect storm” of issues – increases in labor, material and energy costs; increased federal, state and international regulatory and trade compliance; and significant changes in consumer demand and buying habits. While in-put prices rise, retail/brand margins must be maintained. On-hand and pipeline inventories have been adjusted down to meet the consumer demand of having the “right product at the right time.” All of this has resulted in a “New Normal” of doing business.
Here, a distinguished panel discusses how their companies are adjusting to this “New Normal” and examines sourcing options, worldwide, to extend apparel and footwear production beyond China, and define a competitive advantage for a changing market.
Rick Horwitch, VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, BUREAU VERITAS
Liisa Pierce Fiedelholtz, SENIOR VP, SOURCING, ANN INC.
Mark Fegley, SENIOR VP SUPPLY CHAIN, DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION
Bill McRaith, CHIEF SUPPLY CHAIN OFFICER, GLOBAL SOURCING, PVH
Tom Travis, MANAGING PARTNER, SANDLER, TRAVIS & ROSENBERG, P.A.
Think of it as speed dating, footwear style! Ours is a business of who you know and how well you know them. You've come to the largest footwear event in the world; now enjoy a cocktail and meet people who are here to do some serious business. This networking event is designed to help independent representatives and brands get to know one another in a social atmosphere. Hit it off — and there may be potential for a profitable business relationship.
Andrew Monarch, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND OPERATIONS, FOOTWEAR ETC.