AAFA Weekly Brief
January 30, 2018

Newsletter at-a-glance

AAFA Chairman Paula Zusi shares insights on retail's health in 2018 in today's lead article. Meanwhile, President Trump's first State of the Union address is tonight (see preview under Trade), and The New York Times published an investigative report on the sale of fake social media followers and interactions to boost social media influence (see Brand Protection).

January 29: ... U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said after a sixth round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal that Trump’s views on the pact are unchanged, and cautioned that talks are still moving too slowly on U.S. priorities. (Source: Reuters)
January 29: ... The EU's warning comes less than 24 hours after the president expressed his annoyance with EU trade policy, saying it "may morph into something very big." (Source: CBS News)
January 27: ... According to a senior White House official, the theme of the speech will be "building a safe, strong and proud America." (Source: CNBC)
Supply Chain
January 29: ... It’s true, 2017 was a rough year for our industry. ... But is "doom and gloom" really the future of retail? (Source: Sourcing Journal, op-ed from AAFA's Paula Zusi - article unlocked)
January 29: Whistleblower lawyers see room for extra business on a new front: chasing customs-linked wrongdoing ranging from failing to label imported goods to shipping rhinoceros horn across the border. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
January 25: There is increasing evidence that the supply of trucks available to move freight is outpacing demand, based on a flurry of recently released reports – but it’s also helping push freight rates higher. (Source: Heavy Duty Trucking)
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Brand Protection
January 29: A variety of products could soon be marked using a new sand and chemical mix that is claimed to be "the world’s most secure marking system for combatting pirated goods." (Source: Securing Industry)
January 27: ...These accounts are counterfeit coins in the booming economy of online influence, reaching into virtually any industry where a mass audience — or the illusion of it — can be monetized. ... They can defraud businesses and ruin reputations. Yet their creation and sale fall into a legal gray zone. (Source: New York Times)
Naylor Association Solutions
Naylor Association Solutions

Confused by tax reform? On February 1, AAFA will lead a discussion with tax specialists from RSM to explore the contours of the new tax legislation and explain how you can best take advantage of it. Learn more about the member-only webinar Decoding the New Tax Code.

AAFA CEO discusses millennials and the golf industry: Rick Helfenbein, AAFA's president and CEO, represented the association at the PGA Show last week, serving as keynote speaker with a session on politics and its impact on the industry. 

Watch Rick's interview with the GOLF Channel!

AAFA's Rick Helfenbein discussing retail 
with GOLF Channel's Bailey Mosier. 

AAFA testifies on future of AGOA: AAFA submitted testimony to the International Trade Commission on January 29 in support of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), highlighting opportunities for U.S. trade with Sub-Saharan Africa.

See all of AAFA’s latest letters, comments, and testimony here.

Congress and government agencies solicit comments on a range of issues that may affect your business – find a list of comment opportunities here.

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AAFA Events
Feb. 1 Webinar: Decoding the New Tax Code
Feb. 7 Social Responsibility Committee Meeting
Feb. 7 Environmental Committee Meeting
Feb. 8 Product Safety Seminar
Feb. 21 Webinar: Millennials, Parents, and Textile Sustainability 
Feb. 28 Board of Directors Meeting and Capitol Hill Visit 
Feb. 28 - March 2 AAFA Executive Summit

Visit our events calendar for all AAFA webinars and industry events.

Honor fashion visionaries at the
American Image Awards

Other Industry Events

FN Platform and SOURCING at MAGIC
February 12-14 | Las Vegas, NV
AAFA will lead two sessions on February 12 in Las Vegas - one covering anti-counterfeiting and one about how U.S. global value chains can shape U.S. trade policy.



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