HOSIERY PARLEY SET: At The Hosiery Association’s 96th annual meeting and convention, topics will include the future of socks and sheers, understanding today’s consumers, motivating the sales forces, distribution technologies, the shrinking number of viable retailers of hosiery, color and fashion trends and how hosiery can fit into these looks.
The meeting will be held April 25-28 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, S.C., with speakers ranging from leading mill executives and retailers directly involved in hosiery marketing to global leaders concerned with market changes, sourcing issues and the future of a free-trade world in textiles and apparel.
This year’s theme is “Change Brings Options,” and speakers plan to address the hosiery industry’s current business environment as one in a state of rapid structural change that must be recognized and addressed.
Confirmed speakers include David Wolfe, creative director for D3 Doneger Design Direction; Kevin Toomey, president and chief executive officer of Golden Lady/Kayser-Roth; Bob Yoe, Crescent Hosiery Mills’ president and ceo, and Cliff Leath, president and ceo at Leath, McCarthy & Maynard.
Since THA’s International Hosiery Exhibition is moving to a four-year cycle, soft exhibits will be introduced to the meeting. These allow exhibitors to communicate their products via tabletop or pop-up display.
In related news, THA’s Advantage Program has partnered with Transportation.com, a global transportation management company that provides traditional and Internet-based services to shippers and carriers. Through the agreement, Transportation.com will offer its services to THA members, which includes the ability to access the Shipment Manager service and ship anything instantly.
Hosiery firms can also select carriers, and create bills of lading and track shipments online. In addition, they can access a complete customs brokerage, import, export and air services, as well as use online equipment auctions and classified ad services.
“THA is pleased it can provide its members with the best technology service available for all their shipping needs,” said Sid Smith, THA’s president and ceo.