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Jan. 31, 2012
Retail Hotspots: Developing a Strategy to Globalize
New York, NY

Feb. 1, 2011
Product Safety and Sustainability Seminar & Exhibition
New York, NY

Feb. 12, 2011
Globalizing Your Brand, Selling Overseas in Today's World
Las Vegas, NV

Feb. 13, 2011
AAFA @ FN Platform - The "Dynamic" Internet: Growing Traffic & Revenue by Reducing Risk
Las Vegas, NV

Mar. 14-16, 2012
AAFA Annual Executive Summit
Washington, DC

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member partners & programs

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Discounts on webinars and
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Freight Savings Plan
By AAFA partner, Siriani & Associates, Inc.
Save on shipping costs.

Footwear Testing Services
By AAFA partner, Intertek
Expert resource and preferential testing rates for AAFA members.

Gemini Shippers Group
Gemini Shippers Group combines ocean freight volume to negotiate more favorable contracts. (d/b/a for FASA)

XRF Analyzers
By new AAFA partners,
Innov-x and Thermo Scientific.
Identification and quantification of toxic metals in products.


 new member

AAFA Welcomes New Member: Tairong Knitting & Textile Group

Tairong Knitting & Textile Group
Edward Liu, General Manager
No 189, Wang Yun West Road,
Industrial Zone, Zhuji City
Zhejiang Province, China
Phone: +86-0575-87075028

Tairong Knitting & Textile Group is a leading socks supplier, located in Zhuji, the socks capital of the world. They have manufacturing facilities in China and Cambodia. They export over 30 million dollars/year to the US market.

 legislative and regulatory news

Government Contracts — DLA Troop Support Releases "Sources Sought" Solicitation for Berry-compliant Athletic Footwear

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support on January 19 released a "sources sought" solicitation looking to determine the capability of the domestic manufacturing base to be able to produce athletic footwear under the Berry Amendment. This prospective initiative will encompass the procurement of pairs of shoes in three different and separate types: motion control, cushioned and stability. All members of the manufacturing base from suppliers to end-item manufacturers should provide responses to this petition to Michael Turner, Contract Specialist, or at 215.737.5637. Responses are due by February 6. (Kurt Courtney)

Taxes — AAFA Supports Legislation to Simplify Internet Tax Collection

AAFA, along with many other national and state trade associations, sent a letter January 19, 2012 supporting the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179). Introduced by Reps. Steve Womack (R-AR) and Jackie Speier (D-CA), this bipartisan piece of legislation would create a streamlined system for state collection of sales and use taxes on Internet sales. With a lack of clear guidance from Congress, states are left to their own devices to come up with collection methods for sales and use taxes owed by out-of-state vendors, leading to a situation that can be chaotic and confusing for Internet and remote realtors. It also has caused states to resort to other methods to raise revenue such as increased taxes and the Business Activity Tax. This legislation aims to correct for this by installing a standard system for states to follow in their sales and use tax collection, which includes a small business exemption, a consistent rate throughout the state, a uniform tax base for the state, and centralized filing and remitting. (Michael McDonald)

Product Safety — AAFA Urges CPSC to Reduce the Burden of Third Party Testing & Applauds the Progress in Changing from Random to Representative Sampling

AAFA submitted comments to the CPSC on ways to reduce the burden of third party testing. The comments included several real life and feasible suggestions including paperwork burdens, national and international harmonization and the elimination of redundant testing. With these comments AAFA went step by step through several issues facing the apparel and footwear industries and laid out the problems and possible solution. AAFA also submitted comments on the change from random to representative sampling in terms of a periodic testing plan. CPSC has made good progress in changing this rule AAFA's comments only mean to emphasis points that the CPSC has made in terms of compliance with the rule. (Michael McDonald)

Product Safety — President Obama Nominates CPSC Commissioner

President Barack Obama on January 23 nominated Marietta Robinson to be the next Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Marietta Robinson is currently a personal injury attorney with the Law Offices of Marietta S. Robinson in Michigan. If approved by the U.S. Senate, Robinson would replace former commissioner Thomas Moore, who left CPSC last October after a 16-year tenure and return the CPSC to its full complement of five Commissioners. (Michael McDonald)

Product Safety — Canada Recalls "Aqua Leisure" Swim Sets

Health Canada on January 20 announced the recall of approximately 2,968 units of the Aqua Leisure Deluxe 6 piece swim set by Canada Tire Corporation. Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program revealed that the snorkel piece of the swim set contains a phthalate, specifically DINP (di-isononyl phthalate), which exceeds the allowable limit. Neither Health Canada nor Canadian Tire has received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of these swim sets. (Michael McDonald)

Customs — CBP Releases 2011 Textile Enforcement Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on January 19 published its textile and apparel enforcement statistics for 2011. According to the statistics, CBP conducted 10,444 examinations in 2011. In 13% of the cases, CBP found some sort of discrepancy. CBP imposed 48 commercial fraud penalties totaling $27.32 million. CBP visited 165 factories of concern in 9 countries in 2011. Among the 165 factories, CBP found 22% were guilty of illegal transshipment and 27% made fraudulent trade preference claims. The purpose of these statistics, according to CBP, is to "...reflect the results of CBP's assertive approach to textile enforcement. These efforts combat the threat of transshipment, quota and evasion, and improper/misleading country of origin marking." (Nate Herman)

Chemical Management — California's OEHHA Finalizes Hazard Trait Rule

Last week California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment finalized the Hazard Trait regulations it has been working on for the past two years. AAFA has signed on to previous comments about some concerns it has had with the regulations including the processes and procedures used to identify hazard traits in chemicals. The final regulations will be used by the Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop a Toxics Information Clearinghouse. The regulations come in response to California Senate Bill 509 and went into effect on January 19, 2012. (Greg Yahr)

Retail Prices — Apparel & Footwear Retail Prices Decline in December

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics January 19 release of the January 2011 Consumer Price Index (CPI), non-seasonally adjusted retail prices for apparel and footwear continued to decline in December. Non-seasonally-adjusted retail prices for apparel in December dropped 3.0 percent over November. December retail prices declined for women and girls' apparel (-4.1 percent), infants and toddlers' apparel (-0.6 percent), and men and boys' apparel (-3.3 percent). However, compared to December 2010, December apparel prices increased 4.6 percent, led by increases in women and girls' apparel (+4.9 percent), men and boys' apparel (+5.7 percent), and infants and toddlers' apparel (+4.9 percent). Overall retail footwear prices in December declined 1.6 percent from November. Women's footwear (-3.1 percent) led the decrease. Footwear prices in December were 1.3 percent higher than in December 2010. Huge increases in prices for men's footwear (+2.7 percent) and boys' and girls' footwear (+1.6 percent) contrasted with a 0.1 percent increase in women's footwear prices from December 2010. Overall retail prices declined (-0.2 percent) in December on a non-seasonally-adjusted basis. Overall retail prices in December increased (+3.0 percent) from December 2010. (Damon Jeffres/Nate Herman)

White House — President Obama Outlines Agenda in Annual State of the Union Tonight

Fulfilling a constitutional obligation, President Obama will appear before Congress and the nation to deliver the annual State of the Union speech. This speech symbolically marks the opening of the second session of the 112th Congress and lays the rhetorical basis for many of the policies that will be unveiled in the President's budget recommendations that will be unveiled on February 13. The President's speech and the Republican response that will follow will also, as in past years, showcase key political and policy differences between the two major parties in the approach to the fall 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections. (Steve Lamar)

 AAFA updates

We Wear Perspective — Intertek on the 2012 Summit

"Attending AAFA's annual Executive Summit gives me the opportunity to collaborate with other consumer goods industry leaders and discuss the latest trends and advances in apparel and footwear."

Gene Rider, President, Intertek Consumer Goods North America and AAFA Board Member

Join Intertek Consumer Goods North America and other industry leaders March 14 – 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C., at the crossroads of public policy and style for a relevant discussion that will help propel your business into new markets. Each year, top industry executives gather at the AAFA Annual Executive Summit to gain insights about the challenges and opportunities ahead. Register for the 2012 AAFA Annual Executive Summit at (Susan Lapetina)

AAFA — AAFA Staff Receive Honors

Kevin Burke, President and CEO of AAFA, has been named to the Board of Governors of the Bryce Harlow Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit group that aims to "promote the highest standards within the profession of lobbying and government relations." Steve Lamar, AAFA's Executve Vice President, was re-elected as President of the Board of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), a D.C. - based non-profit trade association for international trade professionals. (Scott Elmore)

AAFA — Financial Management Committee Looks for Member Feedback

In an effort to better address AAFA members' business goals, AAFA is asking you to participate in a short six question survey related to how you keep up-to-date on ever changing policies that have a direct impact on your company's bottom line. AAFA currently maintains a Financial Management Committee to explore these issues, and will use the information collected in this survey to better learn about your tax and other financial needs in this difficult economy. Take the survey. All answers to this short six question survey are anonymous. We look forward to receiving your feedback as we work to maximize your benefits as an AAFA member. (Suzanne Shomers)

AAFA Keynote Panel at MAGIC to Focus on Global Growth

AAFA is pleased to present the opening keynote session, "Globalizing Your Brand, Selling Overseas in Today's World," at MAGIC in Las Vegas on February 12, 2012. "Growth" is a key priority for every apparel and footwear company. With the US economy stagnant, many companies are looking to grow through international expansion via joint ventures, licensing deals, mergers & acquisitions and opening up their own retail stores and distribution outlets. But going global has its risks. Companies must be mindful of the laws and regulations specific to the countries they want to do business in. Regulatory and trade issues, intellectual property laws, labeling requirements, currency exchange, import/export constraints, trademark laws, environmental & social compliance requirements and more. Hear insights and strategies from four industry leaders who have successfully navigated the maze on how best to approach international expansion. Panelists include Rick Darling, President, Li & Fung USA; Deborah Greaves, Secretary & General Counsel, True Religion Brand Jeans; Stanley Silverstein, Executive Vice President of International Strategy & Business Development, The Warnaco Group Inc.; and Tom Travis, Managing Partner, Sandler Travis & Rosenberg. This panel is sponsored by Bureau Veritas, Consumer Products Services. (Mary Howell)

AAFA Panel at FN Platform to Explore Increasing E-Commerce

AAFA is pleased to present the opening session, "The "Dynamic" Internet: Growing Traffic & Revenue by Reducing Risk," at FN Platform in Las Vegas on February 13, 2012. Brands must adapt to evolving digital risks in order to manage impact on their businesses. Learn from apparel and footwear powerhouses Levi Strauss & Co. and Deckers Outdoor Corporation about how they successfully mitigate risk and grow their e-commerce channels while protecting their brands online. You'll also hear insights and strategies from experts who envision how the radical expansion of the domain naming system in 2013 could benefit or hinder e-commerce growth and revenue. Panelists include Eric Mueller, Director, Global Anti-Counterfeiting, Levi Strauss & Co.; Leah Evert-Burks, Director of Brand Protection, Deckers Outdoor Corporation; Frederick Felman, Chief Marketing Officer, MarkMonitor; and Brian Winterfeldt, Esq., Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP. This panel is sponsored by MarkMonitor and Steptoe & Johnson LLP. (Susan Lapetina)

 recent AAFA blog posts

What's in a Name?
January 23, 2012 | Corner Office Views
Over the last few weeks, we've seen intellectual property take center stage in Washington, D.C. What started as an attempt to disable networks of international counterfeiters who sell fake and unsafe goods to Americans quickly turned into a debate about Internet censorship.  More

Our State of the Union Challenge
January 24, 2012 | Corner Office Views
With less than seven hours until President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry will be looking closely at all of the themes in tonight's much anticipated speech.  More

 from the headlines

How the US lost out on iPhone work
The New York Times
When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley's top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: What would it take to make iPhones in the United States?  More

USTR Kirk downplays chances for trade revamp plan
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on Friday downplayed chances that Congress would move this year to approve President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to reorganize U.S. trade agencies, but said he strongly backed the idea.  More

We are all Citizens United
The Wall Street Journal
Even the people still communicating by carrier pigeon and semaphore know that Congress's antipiracy campaign collapsed in a rout this week, amid a remarkable Internet protest. The problem of digital theft isn't going away, however, and before this episode passes it's worth underscoring a few ironies.  More

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