Webinar: Building Resiliency in your Supply Chain
October 21, 2021
2:00 PM EST to 3:00 PM EST | Online


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


Building Resiliency in your Supply Chain to Protect Business Continuity  

The exceptional events of the past two years have affected nearly every aspect of global business. Supply chains in particular are being tested and strained like never before.  A recent survey of 60 “C” level executives of North American consumer products retailers and brands showed that nearly 100% feel the  pandemic continues to expose vulnerabilities in their supply chains that they didn’t know existed.  The survey also showed that 95% identified Supply Chain Resiliency as a top priority.  This has, without a doubt, led to a cross-industry reckoning in which leaders are becoming more open to systemic change that will help to establish a new standard in supply chain practices.

Companies can’t fix what they don’t know and/or can’t identify.  This has never been truer when it comes to supply chains.  Supply Chains are complex, dispersed and often not transparent.  

Bureau Veritas has developed a unique solution designed to shine a light on the process details that could be holding you back in managing supply chain disruptions. It equips you with the knowledge you need to identify supply chain resilience and managed the related risks and challenges

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Strategies to make your supply chain more resilient and mitigate disruptions by questioning “best practices” and embracing change
  • Supply-R, Bureau Veritas’ digital platform and supply chain risk management solution designed to support business continuity and assess resilience along the supply chain.
  • How to share case studies that will provide insights into lessons learned and how to build resiliency and protect business continuity.
Rick Horwitch
Vice President, Global Retail Lead & Supply Chain Strategy 
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

Rick Horwitch is Vice President, Strategy, Solutions Business Development and Marketing, for Bureau Veritas – Consumer Products Services.  Bureau Veritas is the world’s oldest and one of the largest providers of Quality, Healthy, 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 their customers protect their brands, reduce cost and improve cycle time.

Rick has over 30 years experience in the consumer products industry covering all facets of business – Sourcing, Sales, Marketing and Operations with companies such as Deena, Kurt Salmon Associates and Warnaco.   


Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Policy

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. 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.