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OFF THE CUFF Member Newsletter for January 2018

Join USFIA at MAGIC in February!

We’ll be heading back to SOURCING at MAGIC in Las Vegas from February 11-14, presenting a not-to-be-missed session on Monday, February 12, How to Navigate the Impact of Washington on Sourcing. This session, which is free for everyone with a show badge, will feature USFIA Board Member Anna Walker, Senior Director of Global Policy & Advocacy at Levi Strauss & Co., and former Commerce Department official Joshua Teitelbaum of Akin Gump. Let us know if we will see you in Las Vegas! Click here for details.

AWI Podcast Highlights Supply Chain Traceability

Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) most recent podcast, The Yarn, highlights the 2017 delegation to the United States, where Peta Slack-Smith, AWI’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs & Market Access interviewed USFIA President Julia Hughes and other brands and industry stakeholders about supply chain traceability and sustainability. Click here to download the podcast in the iTunes store.

POLB Board Approves Rail Facility Project

This week, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, greenlighting a project within the Harbor District that will move cargo faster, with fewer environmental impacts. Click here to read more.

In the News

In January, we participated in just-style’s annual “What Lies Ahead for the Apparel Industry” series, in which USFIA President Julia Hughes provided her insights on challenges and opportunities, strategies for sourcing success, and more. Click here to read the series on the just-style website.

In Case You Missed It…

December 13USFIA and PwC hosted a webinar on China’s economic evolution and the impact on the future of sourcing.

January 17: USFIA and U.S. Customs & Border Protection hosted a webinar on how to enhance protection of your intellectual property rights.

January 18: USFIA and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) hosted a webinar on strengthening minerals due diligence, featuring a Signet Jewelers case study on how responsible sourcing efforts are transforming jewelry industry from mine to retail.

January 25: USFIA and Integration Point hosted a webinar on how FTZs offer savings in your supply chain.

Calendar of Events

February 1 (San Francisco, CA): There are still seats available at USFIA Fashion Forward at Levi Strauss & Co.! Join us for our full-day West Coast event focusing on customs and social compliance.

February 2 (San Francisco, CA): The USFIA Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee will meet from 9am-noon at Levi Strauss & Co. All members are invited to participate. RSVP to Samantha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

February 6 (Online): USFIA and Premier Partner PwC will host a webinar on tax reform.

February 7 (Online): USFIA and Akin Gump will host a webinar on NAFTA.

February 20-21 (Online): USFIA’s Sustainability Partner BSI will host their Annual Supply Chain Intelligence Review Webinar.

March 8 (Washington, D.C.): The USFIA Board of Directors will meet at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. RSVP to Samantha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 26-28 (Brussels): The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) will host the Global Cotton Conference.

July 11-12 (Washington, D.C.): Save the Date! USFIA will host our annual Washington Trade Symposium and lobby day.

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