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SGS Consumer Testing Services sponsored two widely attended industry sessions addressing challenges and solutions for sourcing and supply chain management at MAGIC in Las Vegas, August 21–22. MAGIC is the apparel, accessories and footwear industry tradeshow that brings together the largest and most influential network of buyers, retailers, brands and suppliers.

"ASEAN: Southeast Asia is Your Next Sourcing Hot Spot", a panel discussion moderated by Katherine Stein, SGS Director of International Softlines Business Development, focused on the intricacies of sourcing through ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Panelists included industry insiders Joe McConnell from The Jones Group; Tanjila Islam from Tiger Trade; and Tom Travis, managing partner at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

The seminar examined the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and provided perspective on the re-opening of trade between the United States and ASEAN. Historically, such trade agreements have had positive business results and, if passed, could create excellent benefits for the apparel industry considering that the timing is ideal for investing in relationships and expanding capabilities. Panelists discussed the pros and cons of sourcing from Southeast Asia and shared insight about how enhancing the growth in this region provides a viable alternative to China.

"This session was about empowering the industry with an expert perspective on sourcing in the ASEAN region," said Stein. "It's an emerging sourcing market that offers many advantages to U.S. buyers, including competitive labor rates, a skilled workforce, high production efficiency and international trade incentives. I'm pleased that this presentation was able to provide must-have information regarding a critical business decision and offered an opportunity to speak with factory contacts face-to-face."

In addition to the ASEAN sourcing discussion, Stein also served as an expert panelist at "Sourcing Bootcamp," a seminar providing the must-know facts for successful supply-chain management in the apparel sourcing arena. Stein discussed several safeguard activities to help manage import risk and ensure that products meet brand specifications and client standards regardless of where they are produced.

SGS offers a full range of testing, inspection, quality assurance and global compliance services for apparel companies including factory quality assessment, code of conduct assessment, final random and in-line inspection, care labeling, eco-testing, and regulatory compliance services. For information on any of these topics visit Softlines and Accessories.

Karen E. Kyllo, Ph.D.
SGS Consumer Testing Services
Deputy Vice President, Global Softlines
SGS North America Inc.
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