Coronavirus Impact Series

Closures, Cancellations & a Collective Reckoning

Thursday, April 2, 2020

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM US Eastern
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM US Central
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM US Mountain
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM US Pacific
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM UTC

About this event

Every day the story changes. And with each new chapter, comes new worries.

The COVID-19 virus has disrupted supply chains, illustrating just how vulnerable the supply chain is. But if closed factories and a lack of raw materials was scary, today the industry is coping with the issues brought on by demand in the doldrums. With each day, the window for selling through on spring merchandise closes a bit more, and goods are aging on the racks. With little income, retailers aren’t in a position to commit to future products—or even goods that are already somewhere in the pipeline. How long can the industry survive with no cashflow to grease the wheels?

Join us April 2 at 2 pm ET for a first in a series of discussions on what’s really happening in the supply chain and how partners can band together to support one another. The reality is both upstream and down, each player—retailers, brands, suppliers, factories and everyone in between—needs the other to survive. Hear what experts who are on the ground at sourcing companies, testing agencies and process optimization firms are saying about what’s really going on and the solutions companies are finding to fight through this unprecedented time.

They’ll share:

  • How store closures are affecting orders
  • How suppliers and factories are coping with the uncertainty
  • The degree to which product is once again moving through the pipeline
  • And what you should be doing right now


  • Munir Mashooqullah, founder and chairman for Synergies Worldwide
  • Randal Rankin, global client development director, NA for Eurofins
  • Jose R. Suarez, founder and CEO of Impactiva