Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.
Visibility between retailers, brands and suppliers pave the way to more effective decisions, improved trust and increased consumer confidence. The result is a greater competitive edge and more opportunity to grow your business. Hear from Marsha Dickson, President and Co-Founder of Better Buying™ and Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.
Better Buying’s goal is to support data-driven transparency of purchasing practices so that buyer, supplier and purchasing-related activities support a sustainable partnership. As companies search for ways to align transparency and collaboration, modern solutions such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) come to the forefront as a crucial part of a company’s growth initiatives.
Join us to learn how data can impact the ability of buyers and suppliers to improve purchasing and manufacturing practices for a mutually beneficial outcome.
Attendees of this webinar will:
- Learn how data from buying processes can impact the ability of buyers and suppliers to improve purchasing and manufacturing practices for a mutually beneficial outcome.
- Understand how the absence of transparency and collaboration compromise the realization of shared goals.
- Discover how innovative PLM solutions support Better Buying practices and sustainability.
Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services,
Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
University of Delaware
Marsha Dickson, President and Co-Founder of Better Buying and Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. She is widely recognized as a global academic leader for her research, teaching, and practical engagement in social responsibility and global supply chains in the apparel industry.
Dickson's research examines the efforts of apparel brands and retailers to ensure the products bearing their names are manufactured under good working conditions and labor standards that protect workers' rights and the environment.
She was a board member of the Fair Labor Association, a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to improve working conditions in factories around the world, and she spearheaded the creation of UD's online graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business, a program that is the first of its kind.
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Nate Herman 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.