While preparing slides for our Dallas Regional Conference recently, we went over mountains of data we maintain here at AAPN headquarters. The core data is, of course, our membership.
We have over 160 dues-paying members and another 31 from the industry (magazines, trade shows, universities, associations, government, etc).
We maintain a 3:1 ratio of producers:service. That is amazing. We have massive numbers in the core supply chain producers of trim, fiber, yarn, fabric and factories.
On another slide for Dallas, I created a ‘molecule’ of TexOps supply chain, showing only our members. It was 25 companies from 14 links in the chain. One of them was GCMoore elastics.
What about GCMoore’s supply chain? Elastic isn’t harvested from bushes, its manufactured. Well, GCMoore, as it turns out, has 36 suppliers in its chain and maintains nearly 750 inventory items on hand.
TexOps benefits from each of the supply chains of each of their suppliers. They get to learn their supplier. And the reverse is true, their suppliers get to know every factory in this hemisphere. Collectively, the AAPN literally knows every sewing machine in this hemisphere, what it is making, who it is making it for and whether they pay their bills on time.
What is the advantage of investing in AAPN? You join the already industrially organized key stakeholders in your very market.
AAPN MEMBERS, October, 2017
PRODUCERS – 126
BRAND/RETAIL – 19
FACTORY – 49
TEXTILES – 41
TRIM – 17
SERVICES – 36
LOGISTICS – 5
SERVICES – 9
TECHNOLOGY – 14
INDIVIDUAL – 8
INDUSTRY – 31