AAFA Weekly Brief
August 2, 2016
Supply Chain
August 1: The global apparel industry leaves a significant environmental footprint across each step in the clothing lifecycle. As consumers become aware of this reality, they are increasingly demanding products produced from sustainable resources with minimum environmental impact. According to a recent study by Boston Consulting Group, 50 percent of Millennials believe brands "say something about who I am, my values, and where I fit in," while a recent Nielsen study found that three out of four Millennials — a coveted audience for any apparel company — are willing to pay extra for sustainable product offerings. (Source: Apparel Magazine)
July 28: Conflict minerals are difficult to dig out of U.S. supply chains. Three years after U.S. companies began filing reports about their efforts to find minerals linked to armed militia groups in Africa in their supply chains, more than 70 percent say they still cannot make a determination. (Source: Bloomberg News)
July 27: Many manufacturers perform a cost-benefit analysis when deciding whether to move production abroad. Others, however, are determined to make their products in the United States, even when the costs are higher. (Source: New York Times)

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August 1: Foreign trade took a beating at both major party conventions, with speakers blaming free-trade agreements for all but wiping out U.S. manufacturing and eliminating millions of middle-class jobs. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have promised to renegotiate or abandon trade agreements with key U.S. trading partners such as Mexico and Canada. That would be a colossal mistake. (Source: Los Angeles Times)
July 28: Convention platforms rarely endure. Written by a committee, incorporating uneasy compromises and reflecting a single candidate's campaign priorities, these documents often have a short shelf life. That's perhaps the silver lining when one looks at the rambling discourse on international trade contained in the Republican and Democratic convention platforms released this month. (Source: The Hill, op-ed by AAFA’s Steve Lamar)
July 29: Industry officials and political observers said Hillary Clinton’s historic acceptance speech here Thursday night was a success on all counts — but executives remained concerned about her stance on trade. ...Rick Helfenbein, president and chief executive officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, said he thought Clinton’s speech was "hugely successful." "Clearly appealing to the ‘Feel the Bern’ crowd, she crossed the aisle once again and bridged the gap toward party unity," Helfenbein said. (Source: Women’s Wear Daily – login required)

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Brand Protection
July 27: "Move fast and break things" is a motto associated with Facebook, but it could just as easily be applied to Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). The e-commerce leader relentlessly invents and pioneers new business lines so commonly that the company is no longer easily defined. ...Now, Amazon has sparked the ire of its suppliers once again: Many are complaining that a crop of Chinese sellers is offering counterfeit products on the site, undermining their brands. (Source: The Motley Fool)
July 27: Along with workers’ rights, economic concerns and international trade agreements, one important consideration for businesses in the UK – particularly for small to medium enterprises – is how Brexit will affect an organization’s protection of their intellectual property. While potentially compromised intellectual property rights may not dominate the scare-mongering headlines, the implications for British SMEs are worth noting. (Source: The Huffington Post)
July 25: Recently, Alibaba unveiled a new online platform that is aimed at streamlining the process required to track and remove fake goods on its e-commerce platforms. Termed as the Intellectual Property-Joint Force System, this tool will give participating brands an online portal and account manager to better facilitate the removal of counterfeits from Alibaba’s sites. ...This move comes after several warnings from U.S. trade officials about large quantities of counterfeit goods being sold on its platform. It is estimated that fake products account for more than 60% of products sold on Alibaba’s platforms (as per China’s State Administration for Industry And Commerce) and complete elimination of these products can impact its volumes to a large extent. (Source: Forbes)
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In Brief
July 26-29: On July 26, AAFA expressed strong support for the Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S. 2201). On July 29, AAFA and dozens of other stakeholders urged the World Bank to establish benchmarks that the Uzbek government must meet to prevent the use of government-sanctioned, government-orchestrated forced labor in Uzbekistan’s annual cotton harvest. See all of AAFA’s latest letters, comments, and testimony here.
Thank you to AAFA’s summer interns! Thank you to AAFA’s summer interns! As this week marks the end of AAFA’s summer internship period, AAFA extends our great appreciation to Seth DiAsio, Kristen Kern, Dayana Moncada, and Alika Zangieva. They each made fantastic contributions this summer. Spring internships are now posted here.

Exciting AAFA staff updates:AAFA is thrilled to announce our newest addition to the AAFA team: Alexander Gibson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator. AAFA is also pleased to announce the promotion of Danielle Iverson to Director, Government Relations. Meet our team here!

Get involved! AAFA members get the most out of membership when they participate in our events and committees – join 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
    August & September
    August 18 Webinar: Customs Updates and International Threats
    August 25 Webinar: TSCA Reform and its Impact on the Apparel and Footwear Industry (for AAFA members only)
    Sept. 15 Webinar: The Icebreaker Business Case: How PLM Drives Change
    AAFA Members: register to join August 25!
    Visit our events calendar for all webinars and industry events. Be sure to save the date for AAFA's Executive Summit: March 1-2, 2017.

    Other Industry Events

    August 16, 2016 | Las Vegas, NV

    AAFA is pleased to present two sessions at MAGIC and FN PLATFORM 2016. Sessions will include "The Future of Footwear Policy: How Washington's Decisions Impact Sourcing and Selling in New Markets" and "Greening the Supply Chain," both on Tuesday, August 16.


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