As 2016 comes to a close, the AAFA team wishes all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season. We thank all AAFA members and our dedicated sponsors who supported us in 2016!
In case you missed it, here is a sampling of AAFA in the news this year. AAFA was featured and provided expert commentary in the news across the areas of brand protection, supply chain, and trade throughout 2016:
- Alibaba Lands on U.S. Government’s ‘Notorious Markets’ List for Fakes - Wall Street Journal (December 21)
- Republicans Face Corporate Tax Rebellion - Financial Times (December 14)
- A Trump Family Snag: Ivanka’s Asian-Made Clothing - CBS MoneyWatch (December 6)
- AAFA to Alibaba: Address Your Counterfeit Issue - CNN (October 26)
- The Biggest Loser of the U.S. Election Could Be Trade - CNBC Squawk Box Asia (October 24)
- DNA Testing Could Put an End to Fake Egyptian Cotton - Bloomberg Businessweek (September 22)
- Hanjin Shipping’s Troubles Leave $14 Billion in Cargo Stranded at Sea - Wall Street Journal (September 7)
Below is a snapshot of useful AAFA reports, tools, and resources for AAFA members:
- The International Apparel & Footwear Labeling Matrix: New in 2016, this resource provides a general overview of the mandatory labeling requirements for adult apparel and footwear in 37 countries.
- ApparelStats and ShoeStats 2016: The only comprehensive and authoritative statistics for U.S. apparel and footwear industry, the reports provide consistent detailed updates related to production, imports, exports, consumption, employment, trade by price line, and consumer expenditures. Both current and cumulative data is provided.
- Quarterly Market Monitor reports: With data by NPD Group, these reports provide AAFA members with critical insights around sales of apparel and footwear products in the U.S. market.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Benchmarking Survey Report: In 2016, AAFA conducted its second industry-wide CSR benchmarking survey. This summary report from July provides member companies with a barometer of how their CSR programs compare to the rest of the apparel/footwear/retail industry.
The 17th Edition of AAFA’s Restricted Substances List (RSL) is available to the full industry. The list covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law and identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation worldwide.
For questions about any of these tools or other membership questions, contact Membership@aafaglobal.org.
2016 was one busy year and 2017 is shaping up to be even more eventful. We look forward to supporting you in 2017!