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Sourcing Summit 17 Booklet

Our fifth annual summit featured 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 investigated the seismic shifts hitting retail and how the entire supply will have to adjust to meet the new consumer demands. Discussions highlighted the way in which innovation is changing the supply chain, including production, sustainability, transparency and retail transactions.

Speakers and panelists included: Robert D’Loren, Chairman CEO, XCEL Brands; Robert Sinclair, President, Li & Fung; Mike Dennison, President, FLEX; Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH; Mark Rose, SVP Global Sourcing + Production, American Eagle Outfitters; Liz Hershfield, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Bonobos; Bjorn Bengstsson, Chief Merchandizing Officer, Untuckit; Peter Santora, Chief Commercial Officer, Softwear Automation; John Thorbeck, Chairman, Chainge Capital; Carlos Moncayo, CEO, Inspectorio; Marleen Vogelaar, Founder + CEO, Zielwear; Pano Anthos, Founder + Managing Director, XRC Labs; Jade Huang, CEO, StyleSage; Joel Hoff, Director of Consumer Insights, FullBeauty Brands; Gail Strickler, President of Global Trade, Brookfield Associates; Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President, AAFA

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

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Technical innovations in apparel sourcing are being developed at a rapid pace, but which will prove the most beneficial and how well is the industry adapting?

Hear from:

  • Tricia Carey, Director Global Business Development, Lenzing
  • MeiLin Wan, Vice President, Textile Sales, Applied DNA Sciences
  • Janett Liriano, CEO, Loomia
  • Pete Santora, Chief Commercial Officer, Softwear Automation


The changes facing retail were rapid and relentless in 2017, pitting traditional retailers against new upstarts—all under the specter of Amazon.

Hear from:

  • Edward Hertzman, president, Sourcing Journal Media
  • John Kernan, managing director, Cowen and Company
  • Kurt Cavano, president, GT Nexus
  • Murali Gokki, managing director, AlixPartners


Consumer expectations are putting an increasing amount of pressure on the supply chain and the apparel industry is racing to adapt to a timeline that’s faster and more responsive—but which new initiatives will prove successful?

Hear from:

  • Mark Burstein, President & Chief Strategy Officer, NGC
  • Marleen Vogelaar, Founder & CEO, Ziel
  • Joseph Mellaci, VP of Business Development Americas, Impactiva
  • John Thorbeck, Chairman, Chainge Capital, LLC


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