Day One – ATSG, It’s all about sourcing the right suppliers

It was great to see all the attendees on the opening day of the ATSG (Apparel Textile Sourcing Germany) tradeshow at the Estrel Berlin – Hotel & Congress Center. 

With exhibitors from around the world (China, Bangladesh, and India) showcasing the latest fashions and needs for European buyers.   

Opening Ceremony

The show started off with a bang with the ATSG main partners, exhibitors, and VIP’s who graced the stage for the opening ceremonies and ribbon cutting.  

A high-level delegate from China highlighted the importance of trade between China and the European Union.

VIP Experience

Following the Opening Ceremony and Awards, everyone moved to the VIP area for photo opportunities with dignitaries from around the world.

Video cameras and media were on hand for in-person interviews.

Presentations

There was a constant buzz throughout the day on the main stage with presentations. 

Jeff Streader

One of the opening presentations was with Jeff Streader highlighting “Global Sourcing – Where is the next China” Jeff started off by letting us know “That China has been crushing it for producing apparel, footwear, and accessories” with the best infrastructure in the East.

“The world has 7.6 billion people, the population of China is around 1.4 billion, and India is around 1.3 billion, those two countries represent almost a third of the world population.”

Jeff goes on to explore the importance of the GDP of Europe, the USA, and how quickly it is growing in China, doubling in the last five years. He highlights the importance of the emerging middle class in China and the growing economy.

Wilson Zhu

We had the pleasure of listening to Wilson Zhu presenting his talk “To be the disruptor or be disrupted”.

Discovering who is the disruptor. “The best definition of a disruptor is someone or something that changes the perception.”

Who is disrupted? “Retailers are the most disrupted industry today” with the highest amount of store closures in history.

Exhibitors

The quality of exhibitors of the ATSG are some of the best in the world, the family of the ATS shows focuses on quality, not quantity.

If you are looking at some of the best suppliers in the industry you should be at this show or be visiting one of the ATS tradeshows.

Outerwear

We all understand the importance of outwear for the fall seasons, at the ATSG we saw a breadth and depth of suppliers from leading outerwear producers of Goose down, wool, and nylon jackets.

Goose Down

Wool

Nylon

With the presence and growing concern of Canada Goose and Moose Knuckles, we continue to see the importance of Goose down Nylon filled jackets at a fraction of the price of premium brands.

Exploring everyday fashions we explore the young contemporary market and essentials fashions needed by our consumers today.

Young Contemporary

The importance of womenswear, there are many great suppliers at ATSG who manufacturer some of the best premium to everyday fashions:

Denim

With the reemergence of denim, it was refreshing to see suppliers with a depth of product.

Essential Fashion

Sweaters

Conclusion

The ATSG is a fabulous independent show that brings together the best suppliers from around the globe.

If you are an important figure in fashion you need to be at this show.

Happy sourcing from the staff and exhibitors at the ATSG.


Author: Jeffrey Clark

A management professional with 25 years global experience working with fortune 500 and speciality brands, specializing in lean manufacturing, product, supply chain management, procurement, sourcing, and operations. Proven proactive leadership, vision, creative, and successful strategic business skills to drive revenue and profit growth in highly competitive domestic and global markets. A strong relationship builder, functions effectively as an integral member of a cohesive senior executive team. Proven ability to source, identify and capitalize on emerging trends and niche market opportunities.