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PGA 2017 Merchandise Show to Host Sourcing Education Program

PGA 2017 Merchandise Show attendees will have the opportunity to learn about performance and sports textile sourcing.

The annual golf trade show is providing attendees with a complimentary education program. Throughout the program, attendees will access information about new technology trends, trade/duty saving opportunities, compliance issues in new markets and near sourcing and made-in-the-USA opportunities.

Industry experts from allied associations will be participating in the program, including the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Worldwide Responsible Accreditation Production (WRAP) and the Americas Apparel Producers Network (AAP Network).

Complimentary education conference sessions will be held Jan. 25-26. The sessions will cover numerous topics that will play a role in sourcing next year, including the recent U.S. presidential election, labor concerns, the activewear market, new sourcing strategies and wearable technology.

On Wednesday, a special keynote, “Sourcing Merchandise in the New Political Environment,” will be presented by AAFA CEO and president Rick Helfenbein. The keynote will address solutions for sourcing following the 2017 presidential election, including how to combat new global trade legislation. Other sessions on Wednesday include “Comfort is Power” and “Speed to Profit.”

Thursday’s keynote, “Protecting Your Name—How Social Compliance Secures Your Business Reputation,” features presenter WRAP CEO and Esq. Avedis H. Seferian. The keynote will inform brands on how to protect their business reputations with efficient social compliance and sustainability initiatives. Thursday’s additional sessions include “What’s Happening with Wearable Tech,” “Give The People What They Want,” “Trend Watch—Material Innovation in The Active And Leisure Spaces” and “Social Compliance as a Global Sourcing Imperative.”

In addition to the complimentary education program, the show also features more than 1,000 exhibitors involved in golf business. Attendees may also network with more than 40,000 industry professionals and gain valuable insight about the latest innovations in golf apparel.