Sourcing Journal published four stories about the 2022 Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference.

How Risk Mitigation and Regulation are Remodeling Sourcing, which mentions the "speakers from sourcing, manufacturing and the legal community discussed the challenges and changes most affecting sourcing operations." Those speakers include Ron Klein, principal at PwC Advisory Services LLC, who discussed the siloed approach to preparedness and the difficulties that brings in dealing with risks. "Each department has its own area of focus—whether it is sustainability teams concerned about social compliance, sourcing departments worried about supply of goods or supply chain management teams tracking logistics. “The challenge for companies now is how do they coordinate and develop a consistent framework and measurement of how we think about risk across the enterprise,” Klein said."

The article also discusses the panel with Tara Hoffmann and Akiko Inui, where the two talked about risk mitigation tactics, like a balance of onshoring, nearshoring, and offshoring.

Cotton Production, Pricing and Policy Trends, discussing Mark Messura and Sonja Chapman’s presentations. "Among the factors currently shaping cotton sourcing—including pricing and production destinations—are regulations, retail demand and responsible agriculture. Two presentations at the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) 2022 Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference discussed the state of the global cotton market."

Transportation Trends: What to Know About Cost, Congestion and Capacity covered both Peter Tirschwell’s address and the Port session with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Long Beach. "The highs and lows of supply and demand during the pandemic—of goods, labor and ships—created transportation bottlenecks and pricing surges, but shipping is beginning to get back to normal."

Maersk Exec: Expect More Forced Labor ‘Enforcement Activity’ Next Year, discussing several speakers that mentioned forced labor including Janet Labuda, Kristen Daniels, Mark Jaeger, EAC Highsmith, Arthur Bodek, Robert Chin Quee, Bennett Freeman, and Abby McGill. "From managing new regulations and detentions to success stories, forced labor was one of the top topics at the United States Fashion Industry Association’s 2022 Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference."