Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami 2019 to Set Stage for New Era in Retail Ecosystem in Midst of Shifting Trade Landscape: Future of Microbrands, eCommerce, Near-Sourcing/Reshoring and More to be Unveiled

Leading industry event — which coincides with Miami Fashion Week — will introduce range of new sections, including US Producers Pavilion, Footwear Sourcing, Technical Textiles and Machine Demonstrations

Miami, FL, January 31, 2019 – From May 28-30, US and Latin American apparel industry professionals — from buyers to sellers throughout the B2B and B2C supply chain — will converge at the Mana Wynwood Conference Center in Miami for the industry leading Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM) show.

The event — originally scheduled to take place a week earlier — has revised its dates to take place alongside North America’s No. 2 fashion event, Miami Fashion Week, bringing to Miami an unprecedented opportunity for industry professionals to benefit first-hand from the latest developments transforming the fashion industry from design to production.

Launched in 2018, ATSM is returning to Miami double in size, connecting attendees with a wider variety of sourcing partners, product categories and service providers, and delivering a world-class seminar speaker roster. With ATSM and Miami Fashion Week now occurring on the same dates just a few blocks away from each other, it is expected that more than 12,000 industry professionals will be in South Florida during this time.

The overwhelming response of the show is a reflection of the success of last year’s event as well as a market need for apparel and textile professionals to adapt to changing trade realities and keep up with the future of the industry,” said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, producer of the show and publisher of North America’s leading of business to business trade platforms TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com.

Applauding ATSM for filling a market gap in bringing global opportunities to Miami, celebrity designer Rene Ruiz, Miami’s No. 1 fashion innovator and ambassador of solidifying South Florida as a global fashion talent magnet, explained that “our region has been in need of infrastructure and access to production for a very long time. The debut of ATSM 2018 was very successful, providing designers and sourcing professionals global reach to manufacturers. Designers and many more of us who participate in Miami Fashion Week, now can seek new production partners during the same week in close proximity. ATSM also attracts many more buyers and brands, giving us designers to source and sell.

Apparel and textile trends

In addition to experiencing the latest fashion production trends first hand, ATSM visitors will learn about the key role cyberspace is now playing in the sourcing ecosystem and how eCommerce, which was once a topic confined to retail businesses, must now be understood and implemented by suppliers and SAAS businesses throughout the entire sourcing supply, show organizers said.

Attendees will have opportunities for Q&A with speakers and panelists on the subjects of B2B omni-channel marketing, dropshipping, B2B2C software solutions, near-shoring and reshoring, cross-border eCommerce for factories and online retailers, and more to be announced.

Microbrands to take center stage

Digital disruption from brands with cyber incubation such as Bonobos, Glossier, Everlane, and Casper are shifting consumer habits with innovative new store concepts to meet market demand.

As microbrands increasingly define consumer buying habits, ATSM 2019 will focus on the future of retail and demonstrate how microbrands are expected to change the face of the industry’s transactional infrastructure from raw materials to retail.

The apparel businesses throughout the supply chain that will succeed in the future will be those with a magnified understanding of their sourcing and selling algorithm. These factors include quality, minimum order quantities (MOQ), skill of sewers and mill knitting/weaving, logistics costs, tariff vs free-trade supplying countries, eCommerce sales and the numerous intangibles fostered through interpersonal global trade relationships,” stated Chase Vance, International Director.

Seminar and keynote themes each day of the show will focus on the following topics:

Day 1: Government Official Panels, Trade Policy and Effects on Private Sector

Day 2: Trend Forecasting, Creative Seminars, Fashion Show

Day 3: Business and Finance, B2B/B2C eCommerce, Supply Chain Strategy

This year, ATSM attendees will meet near-sourcing Latin American suppliers on the show floor next to the new US Producer and Providers Pavilion, which has already secured 15+ Made-in-USA exhibits for those sourcing from domestic producers.

It’s very exciting and fitting that Miami, once again, was selected to host this major trade show for the apparel, textile and fashion industries. This presents Florida with an excellent opportunity to grow those sectors and showcase our state’s quality of life, strong business climate and strengthen our position as a global hub for trade,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We are so pleased that JP Communications is bringing the show to Miami for the second time and look forward to all the economic benefits that it will create.

New show sections announced

ATSM 2019 has announced the launch of a dedicated Footwear Pavilion, a Technical Textiles section and live demonstrations of state-of-the-art machinery. As robotic automation in manufacturing is increasingly adopted, the ability to produce merchandise at lower cost will allow microbrands to add more design seasons to their collections and new designers to enter the market.

ATSM is supported by manufacturers and industry partners across the globe, including the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT), the largest textile and apparel trade agency in both China and the world.

Today’s trade realities have made face-to-face global networking and educational platforms more important than ever before,” said CCCT Chairman Mr. Cao Jiachang. “ATSM will deliver an unprecedented line-up of experienced apparel and textile manufacturers, producers and exporters, committed to sustainable practices and the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies, who are looking to do business and identify collaborative opportunities with Southern US and Latin American businesses.

About Apparel Textile Sourcing 
Apparel Textile Sourcing is the apparel industry’s link to the entire global supply chain. Resources, experts and manufacturers come from more than 25 countries and cover the worlds of fashion, apparel, textiles and sourcing.  New sources, products and ideas come alive with education, fashion shows and trade opportunities. The ATS brand produces a range of shows, as follows:

ATS Miami — May 28-30, 2019

ATS Canada (Toronto) — August 19-21, 2019

ATS Canada (Montreal) — August 23, 2019

ATS Germany (Berlin) — September 11-13, 2019

Pre-show/post-show matchmaking

While ATS trade shows take place over a number of days, tradehappens 365 days a year. ATS maintains a 24/7 Buyer Relations team year-round through Manufacturer.com and TopTenWholesale.com, which enable visitors to connect with the proper exhibitors long before and after trade show dates. Attendees can source online at their leisure or speak with a matchmaking agent free of charge any time.

About JP Communications 
JP Communications runs the most expansive network of business-to-business sourcing platforms in the U.S. Anchored by TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com, millions of international members use the brands to locate wholesalers and manufacturers. JP Communications CEO Jason Prescott is the author of two best-selling books, Wholesale 101 and Retail 101, published by McGraw Hill.

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