MIAMI BEACH — The sluggish economy, heavy competition, margin pressure and shifting international sourcing scene are making life all the more challenging for apparel sourcing executives. With that in mind, Material World organized an Oct. 6 seminar, the day before the show, in which a number of industry observers offered their advice for competing in the challenging apparel market.

Speakers addressed the coming phaseout of quotas among World Trade Organization nations in 2005; the effects that the Caribbean Basin Trade Promotion Act and Africa Growth & Opportunity Act have had, and the key issue of branding. Some of their comments follow:

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