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Fashion Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: Mitigate the Risks

SgT will share three practices that helped US leading fashion brands and e-commerce players mitigate their supply chain risks in this ‘new-normal’.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


While battling the fires of COVID-19, fashion businesses must also devise agile strategies that guarantee a more resilient and sustainable supply chain in this ‘new normal’. Country lockdowns and global production interruption have highlighted vulnerabilities in the supply chain that increase product safety and quality risks.

Among these ever-evolving challenges is the need to manage three key areas: 1) suppliers, 2) production areas, and 3) eco-friendlier materials, in which any lack of visibility can impact compliance, quality, and reputation. Travel restrictions amplify these risks.

At the same time, accelerating the pace towards a ‘greener and more responsible supply chain’ is key to aligning with consumer demand, global government objectives, stricter regulations, and NGO pressure.

In this webinar, SgT – the textile quality experts – will share three practices that helped U.S. leading fashion brands and e-commerce players mitigate their supply chain risks in this ‘new-normal’ landscape.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • The COVID-19 impact on the fashion supply chain–revealed or introduced vulnerabilities from raw materials to finished products–and associated compliance and quality risks.
  • Best practices that helped fashion leading brands regaining visibility and mitigating risks as they adapt their supply chains.
  • How to accelerate the pace towards a ‘greener supply chain’ with a focus on both product and process.


Marie-Annabelle Mermaz
SgT, a company of Worms Safety

Marie-Annabelle is the CEO of SgT, among other leading functions within the Worms Safety Alliance.Her prior experience includes operational and management roles at a major French fashion retailer and the world's 2nd largest shipping line. Marie-Annabelle has extensive expertise across different markets and production countries including the US, Asia, and Europe in supply chain management and textiles. In 2005 she relocated to Asia, working across China, India, South East Asia and finally Hong Kong.
Marie-Annabelle perpetuates the uniqueness of SgT's offering - built on 30 years of experience - and takes it to the next level. Today, SgT is the sole textile quality specialists with strong manufacturing expertise stemming from an unparalleled boots-on-the-ground approach. She thrives on bringing global teams of softlines compliance, quality and sustainability experts together to develop tailor-made solutions to help fashion

Dr. Dirk von Czarnowski
Laboratory CEO
SgT, a company of Worms Safety

With over 35 years’ experience in chemistry applied and further developed in the field of consumer product safety, including textile, household goods and toys, Dr. von Czarnowski has worked for some of the industry’s best-known players in areas including testing, auditing and consultation, holding top managerial roles, including Vice President Global Chemical.He is experienced establishing set-ups across multiple countries such as Turkey, China, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh.
He has implemented overall risk prevention and quality control systems for international brands, designing demanding programs such as zero discharge road maps and wastewater management.

Cyrus Naderi
Chief Operating Officer EMEA + LATAM
SgT, a company of Worms Safety

With extensive experience in textile product safety, compliance and quality for a variety of destination markets including North America, Latin America, and Europe, Cyrus Naderi manages SgT offices and operations in the EMEA region, covering Europe, Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, and Latin America. Drawing on his Masters in Textile Manufacturing (ITECH, France), Cyrus oversees quality solutions in ready-to-wear, children wear, luxury and high-end, outdoor and sportswear, lingerie, footwear, workwear, and bags.
He has managed factories in the PPE domain (airtight chemical protection suits, heat resistance suits, and anti-fall protection) and supervised technical and compliance audits in his previous roles in the fashion, retail and manufacturing industries.


Kristen Kern
Manager, Supply Chain & Sustainability Initiatives

As Manager of Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulations for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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9/17/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM