Reacting to business conditions and restriction caused by COVID-19, Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) Trade Shows has added the Apparel Textile Sourcing-Virtual (ATSV) as its fourth trade show on the 2020 calendar.
The new event will take place from May 25-29, while the Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM) physical trade show has been moved to Nov. 11-13 from May 27-29.
The May event evolution to ATSV will now expand the audience reach to include global attendees from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Australia.
“The global pandemic demands business industry solidarity, speed and a response,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of JPC Inc. and producer of ATS Trade Shows. “We first surveyed thousands of buyers and sellers and over 90 percent conveyed an eagerness to attend virtually. Then we engaged our B2B trade platforms–TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com. We used these same large B2B platforms to launch the ATS brand in 2016. Finally, we are subsidizing manufacturers from hard-hit regions to significantly lower their booth costs. We are here to support our community.”
International and domestic manufacturers will be able to interact with attendees live through voice chat, WeChat or text. All attendees will also receive online links, catalogs, certifications and further information electronically. ATSV will feature apparel and textile manufacturers’ interactive booths stocked full of ready-to-order apparel, textiles, home textiles and fashion accessories.
ATSV will also feature live seminars from industry leaders focusing on the global supply chain perspective and shelter/rebound business strategies in the wake of the pandemic.
“Now is definitely the time to introduce a virtual solution to Apparel Textile Sourcing Trade Shows,” said ATSV speaker Avedis Sefarian, CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), the U.S.-based non-profit social compliance organization.
The first 30,000 attendees will have immediate access. The virtual event is spread out over five days to provide easy navigation. Matchmaking professionals from TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com will be available to help connect any buyers and sellers.
Attendees can register for free at appareltextilesourcing.com/virtual/.