Member News

In Case You Missed It…

March 7: The USFIA Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C. The Board elected Anna Walker of Levi Strauss & Co. to be the new Vice Chair, and elected two new Officers, Tom Gorski of JCPenney and David Miller of HBC.

March 16: USFIA and Amber Road hosted a coffee break webinar on the EU Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.

March 21: USFIA hosted a members-only webinar on Trump and trade.

March 23: USFIA and WRAP hosted a webinar on WRAP’s new working hour policy.

Calendar of Events

March 30: Euromonitor International will host a free webinar, New Concepts in Fashion Retailing.

April 5 (Columbus, OH): USFIA Fashion Forward: Columbus will take place at Ascena Retail Group. A few spaces are still available, so register today!

April 12 (Online): USFIA and GEODIS will host a coffee break webinar on ACE.

April 27 (Online): Save the Date! USFIA and PwC will host a webinar on First Sale.

May 2 (Online): USFIA and PwC will host a webinar on the impact of Brexit on the industry.

May 4 (New York, NY): USFIA President Julia K. Hughes will speak at Talking Trade @ FIT, a free evening panel discussion hosted by GEODIS on the Trump Administration’s trade agenda. For details or to watch online, visit http://fitnyc.edu/itm.

July 11 (Washington, D.C.): Save the Date! USFIA will organize lobbying meetings on Capitol Hill.

July 12 (Washington, D.C.): Save the Date! USFIA will host our annual Washington Trade Symposium on Capitol Hill.

July 13 (Washington, D.C.): The USFIA Board of Directors will meet.

Euromonitor International is pleased to partner with WWD Retail 20/20 Forum: London. Prior to that event, Euromonitor invites you to a webinar looking at new retailing trends in the fashion industry. 

In an effort to keep pace with consumer demand and capture the attention of millennials, fashion retailers are becoming more innovative with their retailing strategies. This webinar will be diving into the idea of shopping as entertainment, taking a closer look at mobile apps, virtual reality and the use of technology to create a more personalized service in a fast-moving industry.

Register now to:

  • Learn how to engage consumers through digital innovations both in store and online
  • Identify the types of digital initiatives that would provide a greater ROI
  • Capitalize on digital investments in order to remain relevant in an increasingly crowded market

Speakers

Euromonitor International's expert analysts will elaborate on new trends and provide a wealth of knowledge on industries, economies and consumers. Be sure to stick around for the Q&A following their presentation!

Webinar Date & Time

Thursday, March 30th at 9 a.m. CST / 3 p.m. GMT

Registration

Kingpins Goes to D.C.

Yes, it is possible to have a civil debate about policy in Washington, D.C., these days—and we did just that during Kingpins Goes to D.C., the inaugural livestream hosted by The Kingpins Show from television studios in Dupont Circle in February. USFIA President Julia K. Hughes faced off against Auggie Tantillo, President of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) for a 30-minute debate covering everything from the outlook for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the border adjustment tax proposal. The event was streamed live via just-style.com and boasted thousands of viewers from around the world. If you missed it, you can watch it on demand at http://www.just-style.com/kingpins-goes-to-dc-live/.

In the News

It’s been a busy month in the press! From coverage of Trump’s trade policy agenda in WWD and Bloomberg, to the outlook for sourcing in Vietnam in the Sourcing Journal, to even the future of sewing robots in Fast Company, USFIA has ensured our members’ voices are heard in the media. For these hits and more, visit our website.

In Case You Missed It… 

February 1: USFIA joined Americans for Affordable Products, a coalition against the border adjustment tax proposal. For more information or to get involved, visit https://keepamericaaffordable.com/. 

February 9: USFIA President Julia K. Hughes participated in Kingpins Goes to D.C.

February 28: USFIA and GEODIS hosted a coffee break webinar on manifest confidentiality.

Calendar of Events 

March 7 (Washington, D.C.): The USFIA Board of Directors will meet.

March 13-14 (Shanghai): USFIA President Julia K. Hughes will speak at the China & Asia Textile Forum.

March 16 (Online): USFIA and Amber Road will host a free webinar on simplifying the EU Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

March 21 (Online): USFIA will host a free, members-only webinar on the first eight weeks of the Trump Administration and the latest updates on trade policy.

March 23 (Online): USFIA and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) will host a free webinar on WRAP’s new working hour policy.

April 5 (Columbus, OH): USFIA will host Fashion Forward: Columbus, a full-day seminar at Ascena Retail Group. We expect this event to reach capacity, so register today!

April 12 (Online): USFIA and GEODIS will host a free webinar on ACE.

July 12 (Washington, D.C.): SAVE THE DATE! USFIA will host our Washington Trade Symposium on Capitol Hill.

July 13 (Washington, D.C.): The USFIA Board of Directors will meet.

In February, we headed to the West Coast for our annual USFIA Fashion Forward: San Francisco at Levi Strauss & Co., followed by SOURCING at MAGIC in Las Vegas—and both events drew record attendance as the industry is eager to hear the latest news from Washington, D.C.

In San Francisco, we were sorry to turn away attendees due to room capacity, we were pleased to have more than 90 brands, retailers, and service providers, coming from as close as San Francisco and as far as South Africa! Attendees had a packed day learning about a wide variety of critical topics, from Customs changes in the United States and global tax changes in the European Union and Sri Lanka, to how consumers are driving sustainability, to how the Supplier Compliance Audit Network (SCAN) can help streamline your audit process and save you money, too. One key takeaway: while the uncertainty in politics, policy, and global supply chains requires companies to remain vigilant, business nonetheless must go on—and companies would be ill-advised to make any rash changes to sourcing or business operations just yet.

Our next in-person event will take place April 5 at Ascena Retail Group in Columbus, Ohio, and we expect to reach capacity there, too, so we encourage you to register now if you want to hear Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner at the CBP Office of Trade, representatives from the CEE for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles, and of course, USFIA’s counsel and partners.

In Las Vegas, we hosted two seminars, focusing on Trump and trade, as well as sourcing opportunities in Africa. Our politics session, featuring USFIA Washington Counsel David Spooner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Jon Fee of Alston & Bird LLP also reached capacity, with more than 50 MAGIC attendees turned away at the door. Luckily, their presentation was streamed live on Facebook—and if you weren’t there, you can catch it now at https://www.facebook.com/SourcingatMAGIC/videos/10158131086165251/.

The Africa session was another hit, with representatives from across the industry discussing opportunities for sourcing there, especially utilizing the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and duty-free sourcing. “Africa is here to stay, and Africa is open for business,” said Jas Bedi, Chairman of the Export Promotion Council of Kenya.

We hope to see all of you at another event soon! For our full calendar, visit https://www.usfashionindustry.com/events/upcoming-events.

Don’t forget to join The Kingpins Show, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) LIVE from Washington, D.C., next week! The inaugural panel will focus on what the current political climate has in store for the global and American denim and apparel industry. Kingpins Goes to D.C. will be streamed free of charge on February 9th at www.just-style.com/kingpins-goes-to-dc-live