Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) will launch their second and third editions on a digital platform. The two virtual events will take place online from October 26-30 and November 16-20. These state-of-the-artdigital events will connect more than 300 manufacturers and suppliers from over a dozen countries and regions online through voice, text and video chat with attendees and buyers from Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Australia, etc .
A key interactive feature at these events will be live complimentary matchmaking, made available to registered attendees and exhibiting manufacturers pre-show, post-show and during both virtual five-day events.
Focus on sourcing, design and sustainaibility
The ATS October event will focus on global and Canadian trade issues with special attention on the new USMCA trade agreement, pre-exisiting Foreign Trade Agreements, Least Developed Country trade benefits, sustainability and COVID-19. The ATS November event will feature panels and sessions focused on global suppliers and US buyers, with an emphasis on the US Presidential election results and the likely ripple effects on industries ATS serves. Analysts, economists, influencers and experts will recap 2020 and provide advantages to seek out in 2021.
Both event’s seminars will focus on sourcing, design and sustainability with an emphasis on marketing, logistics, fashion, design and trade. From near-sourcing in the Western hemisphere to continued sourcing from the far East; from the benefits of automation to the affects of COVID-19 on factories, from sustainable products to a sustainable workforce will be in focus.
“In a year when physical sourcing shows are not taking place, it’s important to take advantage of free opportunities like ATS Virtual to learn, network, and meet new global suppliers,” says Bob Kirke, Executive Director, Canadian Apparel Federation and Partner, ATS .
Major brand presence
More than 2,000 visitors attended the first ATS Virtual Trade Show in May – an event that was built in a month to serve as the first virtual trade show for the textile and apparel industry. As Jason Prescott, CEO, JP Communications, the Producer of ATS Trade Shows says, “Our team worked very hard to launch the industry’s first-ever fully digital virtual sourcing fair with numerous live components, like matchmaking, back in May. The entire supply chain has accepted virtual as the ‘Go To’ for trade facilitation and discoverability.
Major brands and retailers who previously attended ATS include: Kohl’s, Nordstrom, REI, Giant Tiger, Nike, Grafton Apparel, Bealls, Burton, Canada Sportswear, brrr!,GAP, Disney, Levis, TJ Maxx, American Eagle, Simons, Macy's,Li & Fung, etc.