2019 AAPN Mexico Leadership Forum
State of the Industry

December 3 & 4 | Mexico City, Mexico

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Nearly 70 executives spent the day together in a 'room with a view' atop the Gerber Garment Technology office building. 

Our keynote speaker was Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, PA: with the topic: Openings, Options, Opportunities. overview:
• China
• US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA)
• Forced Labor
• Climate Change
• Congressional Update
• Opportunities

The discussion she moderated is best described by this headline from CNBC: "What Trump does before trade deadline is the ‘wild card’ that will drive markets in the week ahead". She detailed the extreme uncertainty in trade today while, at the same time, covering all open trade issues and fielding a barrage of questions and comments from senior executive in every link of the chain and from multiple countries. She especially detailed the NAFTA replacement legislation. She also shared this detailed list of items subject to China changes: https://www.strtrade.com/f-tariff-actions-resources.html

Kurt Cavano, the industry's resident Technology & Supply Chain Evangelist gave his usual terrifying overview of what is here that we don't know about and what is coming that we need to plan for now. .

Our outgoing president Tony Anzovino, Chief Sourcing & Merchandising Officer, Haggar, spoke on "Retail's Apocalypse or New Dawn?". Here is his closing summary:
Retail Trends 2020
• Online is going Offline
• Subscription boxes are here to stay
• Rise of Private Labels
• Deep Retail
• Voice Search & Personal Assistants
• Instashopping
• Instagram native payment system
• Omnichannel Reality
• “Experience” Economy
• By Your Powers Combined
• Time is Money

We ended the day with a terrific panel consisting of:

Elias Assa Cojab, CEO, Zentrix (Mexico)
Jose Antonio Torre, General Manager, Grupo Providencia, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico)
John Crisco, VP Sales & New Business Development, Stretchline Holdings Ltd
Linda Tiberi, Managing Director LATAM - Apparel Sourcing, Under Armour

Despite being a relatively small and actually unique event, more came out of this meeting than any we have hosted this year.