Lingering questions clutter recovery road ahead
How soon until we untangle COVID-19 from our supply chain?
Will the unbalanced vaccine roll out outpace the mutant strains & third wave?
Extend lockdowns or gradually ramp up?
How long will the recovery will take?
The negative side of me says we’re facing a slow upward climb. Vaccinations are rampant in some countries and nowhere to be found in others. The pandemic chained us to home and altered our personal values. The pandemic locked up international value chains making them SLOWER, MORE EXPENSIVE, & RESTRICTIVE. Retail can and will make adjustments, but along the way have suffered enormous debt and received limited government assistance.
The positive side of me says sweatpants are comfortable to wear seven days a week and a home brew coffee seems free compared to Starbucks. That Glass-Half-Full guy also sees half-full restaurants and bars opening up. Mr. Rose Colored Glasses sees outdoor events at full capacity by the summer. And this Fall Mr. Trade Show Guy sees a half full convention halls and calls them SOLD OUT! So things are on the upswing with silver linings all over the place.
The vaccine is spreading faster than the virus
Most in the USA will have had vaccination or be eligible for one during April. More and more vaccines are being produced. Worldwide, progress is also happening. As the USA roll-out nears completion, USA-produced vaccines will spread outward to more countries.
With vaccinations comes recovery – aka consuming consumers of apparel, entertainment, food, drink, fun,…life…& travel…and travel leads to international travel and that means business…
International travel and face-to-face large-scale meetings
Unfortunately international travel and f2f large-scale meetings are at the back of the line. But guess what? We can see the line forming…and moving. Great news considering for nearly a year there was no “Back to Normal Line” forming…now there is.
So now it’s time to get in line. Register. Re-register. For Free. For One. For All. For Virtual. For Physical.
Virtually May 25-27 Apparel Textile Sourcing Virtual Miami – powered by Zoom & Manufacturer.com
Virtually July 27-29 Apparel Textile Sourcing Virtual Canada – powered by Zoom & Manufacturer.com
Physically Sept 21-23 Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami – Mana Wynwood Convention Center
Physically TBD – Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada – Toronto Congress Centre – Toronto, Canada