TradeCard to Share Supply Chain Best Practices for a Fast Changing Apparel World at IAF

Founder & Chairman Kurt Cavano Will Speak on Expanding Sourcing Strategies Beyond the Low Cost Needle

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Kurt Cavano, Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at TradeCard

There’s more to sourcing strategy than chasing low cost product. Speed, agility, quality, local in-country infrastructure and social and ethical compliance are essential factors to consider in any sourcing strategy today.

Amsterdam (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

TradeCard, Inc., the supply chain collaboration and global trade platform used by more than 10,000 retailers, brands, manufacturers and service providers, will play a key role in leading the supply chain agenda at the 28th International Apparel Federation (IAF) World Apparel Convention, being held September 24th through 28th in Oporto, Portugal. TradeCard Founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Kurt Cavano will lead a portion of the supply chain program, sharing best practices for evolving sourcing strategies beyond the low cost needle. Long-time TradeCard customer Dr. Harry Lee, Chairman of TAL Apparel, is the featured keynote speaker at the IAF Convention.

“The theme of this year’s event is around the changing environment in the fashion business – and the supply chain side of the fashion business has seen more than its share of change and volatility recently,” said Cavano. “Leading brands and retailers today recognize there’s more to sourcing strategy than chasing low cost product. Speed, agility, quality, local in-country infrastructure and social and ethical compliance are essential factors to consider in any sourcing strategy today. We’ll explore these and other key factors at the IAF.”

Cavano’s session on sourcing strategies takes place September 26th at 14.30. The event is being held at the Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa.

“My vision is to connect the entire fashion chain, not only producers but also retailers and brands,” Harry van Dalfsen, President of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) says. “As the IAF is a neutral, non-political organization, we aim to build bridges between the continents and ensure that fashion professionals are making use of a worldwide network.”

View the program and register for the IAF at: http://iafnet.eu/events/conventions/2012-oporto/
About TradeCard, Inc.
Since 1999, TradeCard, Inc. has transformed global supply chain collaboration by boosting visibility, cash flow and margins for over 10,000 brands, retailers, suppliers and service providers operating in 78 countries. TradeCard delivers a cloud-based network that enables complex, multi-enterprise sourcing transactions across multiple layers of the supply chain. More than 45,000 individual users leverage the TradeCard Platform to streamline transaction flows, from purchase order through production tracking, shipment and payment. Embedded financial services throughout the supply network reduce capital costs and minimize risk. Multi-enterprise collaboration on the platform delivers visibility into the movement of goods, from raw materials to the store shelf. TradeCard’s on-the-ground trade experts around the world allow entire supply networks to rapidly join and drive value through the platform.

The world’s leading retailers and brands, including Levi Strauss & Co., Columbia Sportswear, Guess and Rite Aid, leverage the TradeCard Platform and its member network for sourcing and global trade. TradeCard, Inc. is headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Colombo and Ho Chi Minh. TradeCard is located online at http://www.tradecard.com.

About International Apparel Federation (IAF)
The IAF has become the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, apparel retailers and the supporting industry. IAF’s membership now includes apparel associations from nearly 40 countries representing over 150,000 companies that provide products and services to the apparel industry – a membership that represents over 5 million employees. The many corporate and associate members of IAF are prominent companies or institutes in production, retailing, technology, business services, logistics, fashion fairs and education. The International Apparel Federation is a politically neutral global association, open to entrepreneurs and executives from the apparel chain worldwide. http://www.iafnet.com

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