An insight into design and product development, balanced sourcing, China, branding, and CAFTA were just some of the topics thrown into the mix at this year's AAPN annual meeting.

Over 100 people from 75 companies attended the event in Savannah, GA last week.

Highpoints of the sessions were Jeff Streader of VF talking about design and product development, balanced sourcing, technology as a business tool, and China; James Borneman, publisher of TextileWorld and his open, 1½ hour forum on the issues of change, marketing and collaboration.

Other speakers included Kathie De Chirico and Bill D'Arienzo and their 10 P's of branding; and Jonathon Fee of Alston & Bird demystifying the recently approved CAFTA and generating many questions, all answered on the spot.

There were also sessions on RFID, sourcing from Pakistan and an overview of a new teleconferencing system.

As Mike Todaro who moderated the meeting said: "Our primary goal is networking. That's why the first two hours are slow, deliberate, detailed introductions of everyone there. That way, the networking starts at the first coffee break."

Wayne Gray of Williamson Dickie was elected to the AAPN board of directors at this meeting.