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Webinar Let's Talk Technology To Reduce Cost & Improve Speed

Let's Talk Technology: Approaches to Reducing Cost and Improving Speed to Market in Your Supply Chain

Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate. 


Curious about the best practices in vendor management and how to integrate technology into your supply chain? This webinar will address challenges such as chemical management, eradicating hazardous chemicals discharge, green chemistry, and regulatory concerns. Experts from Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services will illustrate how the use of innovative technology and tools can help you improve:

  • Traceability
  • Total Quality
  • Cost
  • Speed


Rick Horwitch
Vice President, Global Retail Lead, Supply Chain Strategy
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Bureau Veritas is the world’s oldest and one of the largest providers of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, and Sustainability (QHSES) services. Bureau Veritas’ customers include 48 of the top 50 retailers in North America and 41 of the top 50 consumer products brands. Rick’s focus is on developing Supply Chain Risk and Quality Management (SCRQM) and Sustainability solutions, as well as strategic partnerships and alliances which help customers protect their brands, reduce cost, and improve cycle time.

Rick has more than 30 years experience in the consumer products industry covering all facets of business, including sourcing, sales, marketing, and operations with companies such as Warnaco, Kurt Salmon Associates, and Deena. He sits on the advisory boards of: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York; Fashion Institute of Merchandise and Design (FIDM) Los Angeles; University of Delaware Department of Fashion & Design, AAFA’s Board of Directors; and Chairman of the Americas Apparel Producers Network (AAPN). Rick is a graduate of Tulane University.

Justin Leard
Senior Director, Account Management
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Justin has more than 20 years in the quality assurance world and is passionate about the transformation of data into intelligence that bring greater insights for managing business. He started his career as quality control within a factory and moved into testing, inspections, and audit work after attending University of Arkansas with studies in Mechanical Engineering. Justin has worked with the majority of global retailers with half of his career enjoyed in Asia.  



Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Nate oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 

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8/23/2017 2:00 PM - 8/23/2017 3:00 PM