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Sourcing Summit Hong Kong May 8

2018 Hong Kong Sourcing Journal Summit

Sourcing Summit heads to Hong Kong! The event, which will be held in the center of the apparel sourcing world, will provide insights from insiders even further up the supply chain.

Automation, Blockchain, Circularity: Decoding the ABC’s of the Digital Supply Chain.

Sourcing, supply chains and retail have been largely upended in recent years, and things like automation, speed to market and the Internet of everything have reshaped the realities of the sector and left many companies in the dark about the best way forward.

Now, it’s time to talk about how those leading sourcing today have designed digital strategies that use technology to improve efficiency, upgrade innovation and strengthen partnerships all along the supply chain—all with the aim of driving disruption.

    Topics on Deck to Discuss:

  • 4-D and Beyond: Manufacturing’s tech savvy makeover and how it’s reshaping your business
  • What’s leading lean innovation in sourcing and supply chains and who’s leading it
  • Asia’s shifting impact on global trade
  • The latest advancements in digital shopping and the demands of the future consumer
  • Navigating bots, blockchain and the workers’ new role
  • Determining where sourcing goes from here and how to get there

May 8, 2018
W Hong Kong

Save the Date: Sourcing Summit New York Oct 4

2018 NY Sourcing Journal Summit

The New York Summit is Sourcing Journal’s flagship event, bringing together more than 400 industry professionals for an in-depth analysis of the apparel market’s most pressing challenges and biggest opportunities.

Oct 4, 2018

Past Events

Old School vs. New School

2018 SJ Old School vs. New School Webinar

This 45-minute webinar is designed to help you think about ways you can make your apparel business more efficient.

Too often we’re all mired in the old way of doing things for no reason other than that’s how it’s always been done. As consumer expectations change and the retail landscape evolves, however, companies must evaluate every aspect of their business and become more responsive.

On April 4, join us to learn how adopting new processes and digital tools can help simplify the product development process, resulting in shorter timelines and a more streamlined process. Our panel of experts will discuss how they handled real-world scenarios that aren’t too different from yours.

You’ll gain a better understanding of:

  • Increasing visibility across your organization and the entire supply chain
  • Reducing manual processes
  • Speeding up decision-making

Bill Grindle
Gerber Technology

Jeff Rosenstock
General Sportwear

Christine Ward
Director of Technical Design
Cintas Corporation

Sharon King
Senior Director of Technical Design
Lucky Brand

Edward Hertzman
Founder and President
Sourcing Journal

Sponsored by:
Gerber Technology
Asia Inspection

April 4, 2018
12:00 PM ET

U.S. Trade Policy in 2017: Is the US Getting Left Behind?

Dec 11 Webinar: US Trade Policy in 2017

This 45-minute joint webinar, in collaboration with Sourcing Journal, will explain what you must know about the continually evolving global trade policies stemming from the administration in Washington.

With candor and a bit of wit, we’ll share how the climate Washington is shaping commercial realities today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

AAFA’s Rick Helfenbein will share unique perspectives within the context of his more than 40 years of experience in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industry. AAFA’s globe-trotting trade expert, Steve Lamar will explain how to get involved — and what’s at stake if you don’t — in clear and candid terms. And Sourcing Journal’s top story-teller, Eddie Hertzman, promises to break it down for those of you that aren’t Washington wonks.

On December 11, join us to assess the impact of the past 11 months under the Trump administration and how to act as global citizens to shape policies in 2018. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of:

  • What happened around trade policy in 2017.
  • The growing overlap between trade and tax policy impacting the apparel and footwear industry.
  • What companies across the apparel and footwear industry can do about it heading into 2018.

Rick Helfenbein
President and CEO

Steve Lamar
Executive Vice President

Edward Hertzman
Founder and Publisher
Sourcing Journal

December 11, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

2017 Sourcing Journal Summit

Sourcing Journal Summit 2017

Join us for our fifth annual summit. This year’s content will include an analysis of how the new U.S. administration has changed taxes, trade and regulations, and the impact each has had on our industry. We’ll investigate the seismic shifts hitting retail and how the entire supply will have to adjust to meet the new consumer demands. Discussions will highlight the way in which innovation is changing the supply chain, including production, sustainability, transparency and retail transactions.

Announcing our first round of speakers:
XCEL Brands
Chairman CEO
Robert D’Loren

Li & Fung
Robert Sinclair

Mike Dennison

Andy Dunn

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Bill McRaith

American Eagle Outfitters
SVP Global Sourcing + Production
Mark Rose

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Liz Hershfield

Chief Merchandizing Officer
Bjorn Bengstsson

Softwear Automation
Chief Commercial Officer
Peter Santora

Chainge Capital
John Thorbeck

Carlos Moncayo

Founder + CEO
Marleen Vogelaar

XRC Labs
Founder + Managing Director
Pano Anthos

Jade Huang

FullBeauty Brands
Director of Consumer Insights
Joel Hoff

Invited: Asst.
US Trade Rep
Bill Jackson

Brookfield Associates
President of Global Trade
Gail Strickler

Executive Vice President
Steve Lamar

See images, videos and articles from the Summit here.

October 17, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Espace: 635 W 42nd St

17 SJ Sponsors

The Hidden Costs of the Need for Speed

The Hidden Costs of the Need for Speed

Slashing the product development timeline is crucial today—but not at the expense of creating product customers will love. With a hyper focus on price, promotion and speed, many companies are forgetting about creativity—and teetering on the precipice of irrelevancy as a result.

Join us to learn how to source samples, materials and products that are on-trend, high-quality and relevant—all on an accelerated schedule.

    Find out how to:

  1. Motivate. Rally your product development and global sourcing teams around a digitized, integrated approach.
  2. Evaluate. Balance geopolitical and inventory risk against speed and quality demands.
  3. Collaborate. Equip internal teams, partners and suppliers with social and digital tools.

View the webinar here

July 20, 2017
1:00 PM ET

Everything You’ve Heard About Cotton is Wrong

Everything You've Heard About Cotton is Wrong

Join us for an evidenced-based look at the cotton market—today and tomorrow.

The event, hosted by Cotton Inc., will feature cotton experts, apparel executives and environmental scholars. Topics will include:

  • A primer on the new economic forces driving cotton pricingCotton Incorporated Lead Economist Jon Devine takes us through the market forces that can affect cotton, including the ongoing auctions of cotton from the Chinese Cotton Reserve Program.
  • A quick tutorial designed to separate cotton fact from fictionThink you know everything there is to know about cotton? Well, there might be a few “alternative facts” mixed into your knowledge base. James Pruden, Cotton Incorporated Senior Director of Public Relations, will help weed them out.
  • A look into the future of cotton as the industry keeps pace with technologyNo, “modern cotton” isn’t an oxymoron. Cotton agriculture, production and uses continue to evolve. Ryan Kurtz, Cotton Incorporated Director of Agricultural & Environmental Research, will fill us in on the ways in which cotton is embracing innovation.
  • A discussion about sustainability motivations and milestones at top fashion brandsGet the results from Cotton Inc’s exclusive survey about the way in which the apparel industry is incorporating sustainable processes into their businesses. Plus, we’re hosting a panel of apparel manufacturers to discuss implementing sustainable practices.

May 23, 2017
8:00 AM
D&D Building: 979 Third Ave

2017 Apparel Costing Insights in an Uncertain World

2017 Apparel Costing Insights in an Uncertain World

Alvanon experts will present a high-level overview of its acclaimed Comprehensive Advance Costing Workshop so that you’ll better understand the hidden elements of costing and the impact of politics, tax and trade policy. Plus, you’ll hear what keeps major retailers and brands up at night.

See full event details here

April 6, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LIM Townhouse / NYC

2016 Sourcing Journal Summit: The Year of Uncertainty

2016 Sourcing Journal Summit

The Sourcing Journal Summit is the most exclusive gathering of supply chain executives leading the sector’s latest initiatives. In 2016, top thought leaders shared key insights challenging consumers, declining retail foot traffic, sourcing companies’ bid for greater efficiency, emerging technology and changing global dynamics in the face of Brexit.

See full Summit agenda and attendees here.

September 20, 2016
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Espace: 635 W 42nd St

2016 Regulation Education

2016 Regulation Education Workshop

This educational workshop provided insight on the manifold elements of maintaining compliance. Topics included adhering to conflict minerals section of Dodd-Frank, understanding the FTC’s Made in USA labeling and learning about California’s Prop 65. Featured speakers were Barbara Jones, Attorney, GT Law; David Callet, Attorney; James Kohm, Attorney; and Ben Mead, Managing Director USA, Hohenstein.

See full workshop agenda here.

June 15, 2016
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
LIM College Townhouse

2016 Zara Gap

2016 Zara Gap Workshop

We’re in an era in of demand for style and speed. John Thorbeck of Chainge Capital LLC shared insights from the Stanford-based “Zara Gap” analysis of the industry and offered a case study for process innovation and superior profitability. This exclusive briefing was inspired by widespread reaction to the Zara Gap presentation at our 2015 Summit.

March 3, 2016
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

2015 Sourcing Journal Summit: Currents of Change

2015 Sourcing Journal Summit

With 250+ high level executives from the biggest brands in the business in attendance, the Sourcing Journal annual Summit is unparalleled. Topics included the latest in costing, currency and commodity prices; working trade preferences programs into your sourcing strategy; the technology that can really improve efficiency; trade agreements from TTP to AGOA; and the dynamics of speed to market.

See full Summit agenda and attendees here.

October 15, 2015
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Espace: 635 W 42nd St

2014 Sourcing Journal Summit: Insight & Outlook

2014 Sourcing Journal Summit

The annual SJ summit inspires candid conversations on the industry’s most pressing issues, including how price sensitivity is affecting margins, how athleisure is reshaping shopping, the call for greater transparency and how to respond, the ways in which companies can capitalize on new free-trade opportunities and how to determine if new sourcing options in Cambodia, Myanmar and Latin America are right for your business.

See full Summit agenda and attendees here.

September 30, 2014
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Harmonie Club

2013 Sourcing Journal Summit: Reflections & Projections

2013 Sourcing Journal Summit

The dynamic 2013 SJ Summit covered the success of the off-price market; the outsized impact the hedge fund community and private equity investors are having on retail business models; lowering landed costs to capitalize on new market opportunities in countries Brazil, China and Russia by developing new strategies and structures; and sourcing alternatives as labor and materials costs rise in China.

See full Summit agenda and attendees here.

November 5, 2013
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The University Club of New York

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