Member News

On February 9, 2017, international boutique denim sourcing show Kingpins will broadcast an expert panel discussion in partnership with just-style exploring the intersection between government and the textile and fashion industries.

The first episode, streamed live from Washington, D.C, will focus on what the current political climate has in store for the global and US denim and apparel industry.

Host Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc. will be joined by panelists Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association, and Augustine Tantillo, President and Chief Executive of the National Council of Textile Organizations.

Join the live stream  on February 9, 2017 at 10am Eastern Standard Time - exclusively on just-style: http://www.just-style.com/kingpins-goes-to-dc-live/

 
 
 

We are pleased to be continuing our strong partnerships with three companies this year, to help us deliver timely, critical information to our members and develop education and training for the industry. These partners are:

  • USFIA’s Premier Partner PwC, who tap into their expansive global network in over 60 countries to bring you the latest on critical issues in international trade, customs, tax, retail, sustainability, and more. In addition to hosting seminars and webinars, we will expand our activities with their offices in Europe and Asia and bring more of PwC’s expertise to our members.
  • USFIA’s Innovation Partner Amber Road, who help our members understand the 21st-century challenges to global trade management, as well as develop innovative ways to educate and train the industry and grow future global leaders.
  • USFIA’s Customs Broker Partner GEODIS, who put a focus on the global customs and logistics issues that impact all members, as well as provide training and news on issues ranging from ACE to customs compliance issues for multinational companies.

We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our partners—and you can meet all of them during USFIA Fashion Forward: San Francisco on February 16th. Stay tuned for more exciting partner announcements!

In November, USFIA International Affiliate Ready-Made Garments Export Council of Egypt (RMGEC) hosted Destination Africa, which showcased 77 manufacturers from 11 African countries in Cairo. More than 120 buyers attended the two-day fair and seminars. Click here to download the full recap of the event, and mark your calendar for the next Destination Africa on November 11-12, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt.

In a world where consumers are increasingly mobile and social, have 24/7 access to information and options for goods and services, customer experience is an increasingly important ingredient for companies as they win and retain customers.

We are pleased to join with our Associate Member TRIMIT to host a webinar on how to empower your customer experience, improve communication with your key business relationships, and run your business in a more efficient, profitable way. TRIMIT is a Danish software vendor that has carved a niche in the fashion, manufacturing, and furniture industry by offering industry-specific business solutions to over 400 companies.

With customers always on, empowered with information and choices, and driving their own experience, their expectations for how companies engage them continues to rise. Customers are becoming accustomed to more personalized attention from companies, and expect companies to know who they are and what they need across the entire customer journey.  These rising expectations actually create an opportunity for forward-thinking companies. 

TRIMIT and Admiral Consulting Group will host a 60-minute webinar to learn how an ERP solution tailored to improve ROI of fashion businesses empowers customer experience, improves communication with key business relationships and provides insight for a complete picture of your company  from design to delivery and beyond.

This free webinar will be recorded and distributed to everyone who registers--so register even if you can't join live!

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE: https://www.usfashionindustry.com/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=141&reset=1&id=179

Meanwhile, TRIMT recently released the new version of TRIMIT on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017. The TRIMIT add-on is comprised of ERP, webshops, and portals in a seamlessly integrated solution. TRIMIT not only helps to optimize workflows, but also provides companies the crucial omnichannel approach that is extremely important in today’s business environment. And TRIMIT’s business solutions have always been focused on addressing the industry-specific challenges such as variants and product configuration through the whole supply chain.

The latest release of TRIMIT has been inspired significantly by the feedback received from the company’s partners and customers. Several new features such as Item and SKU Maintenance, Item Charge for FIFO, and the usage of Item Attributes have been added to the Dynamics NAV functionality. On the webshops and portals, the work has been focused on the Product Information Repository, B2C Instore and getting payments available on the B2B Webshop.

TRIMIT based on Dynamics NAV 2017, including localized versions for Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, North America, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, is made available to all TRIMIT Partners.

Highlighting the benefits of the new TRIMIT solution, the CEO of TRIMIT Richard Postborg said, “TRIMIT’s years of experience has allowed us to develop an industry specific add-on to an already powerful ERP solution, Dynamics NAV. With our solution, companies can run their business with greater efficiency and profitability.”

To find out more about TRIMIT, please visit http://www.trimit.com or participate in our webinar on January 26th

In the News

This month, we’ve been talking about the impact of President-Elect Donald Trump on the industry, as well as the outlook for Bangladesh sourcing in the wake of the State Department’s travel advisory targeted at garment buyers.

In Case You Missed It…

December 13: USFIA and GEODIS hosted a coffee break webinar on FTZs.

January 5: USFIA Chairman Michael Singer of Macy’s Merchandising Group published his annual message for the membership.

January 5: USFIA hosted the State of the Industry Virtual Townhall for members.

January 10: USFIA and Pw hosted a coffee break webinar on the border tax adjustment and other tax reform plans. If you missed it and would like to access the content, please contact us.

January 11: USFIA and Amber Road hosted a webinar on nine supply chain investments to make in 2017.

Calendar of Events

January 24-26 (Medellin, Colombia): ProColombia, USFIA’s Sourcing Supporter for 2017, will host Colombiatex 2017.

February 16 (San Francisco, CA): USFIA will host Fashion Forward: San Francisco at Levi Strauss & Co., covering politics, trade policy, customs, and sustainability issues.

February 17 (San Francisco, CA): The USFIA Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee will meet. For more information, contact Samantha Sault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

February 20-23 (Las Vegas, NV): USFIA will participate in SOURCING at MAGIC. Stay tuned for more details about seminars and special events.

March 7 (Washington, D.C.): The USFIA Board of Directors will meet. Board Members should RSVP to Samantha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

April 5 (Columbus, OH): Save the Date for USFIA Fashion Forward: Columbus!

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

November 15 (New York, NY): Save the Date for the Annual Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference at Tribeca Rooftop!