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Legislative, Trade & Regulatory News
  • AAFA Marks One Year Since Haiti Earthquake
  • AAFA Urges New Congress to Revoke Ocean Carriers' Anti-Trust Immunity
  • AAFA Urges CPSC to Extend CPSIA Stay of Enforcement
  • CPSC To Have Public Hearing on the 100 PPM LIMIT
  • CPSC To Open Overseas Office in China
  • Five New CPSC Recalls
  • AAFA/Coalition Urge House Energy and Commerce Committee to Review ICANN GTLD Expansion Proposal
  • White House Urges Congress to Ratify Korea FTA
  • Retail Prices for Apparel Slightly Up, While Footwear is Slightly Lower in Decemeber
  • Apparel/Footwear Retail Sales Lose Momentum in December but Continue to Rise
  • Latest Trade Numbers — U.S. Apparel Imports Recovery Accelerates as U.S. Footwear Imports Recovery Slows
  • Uncle Sam Wants You...to Comment!
    Member News
  • AAFA Welcomes New Member: OpSec Security
  • University of Arkansas Completes Emperical Study of Potential Uses of RFID in the Apparel Retail Supply Chain
    In the Press
  • Inflation in China May Help US Exports
  • President Obama: Toward a 21-Century Regulatory System
  • Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
  • Hu Jintao Arriving for State Visit Focused on Economics, Security, Human Rights


  • Legislative, Trade & Regulatory News

    AAFA MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE HAITI EARTHQUAKE
    On January 11, AAFA marked the one year anniversary of an earthquake that devastated the people of Haiti. Shortly after the earthquake, AAFA launched the Haiti-AAFA Recovery and Reconstruction Team (HARRT), an industry-led task force to provide needed guidance and information to U.S. officials as they planned international aid efforts as well as guidance and information for the industry in their work to aid the recovery effort. HARRT successfully advocated, along with other industry partners, for the swift passage of aid and recovery legislation, including the Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010 and the Haiti HELP Act. Through HARRT, AAFA and its members continuing their efforts to bring aid to the people of Haiti and encourages the industry to continue its support as well. You can learn more information about HARRT and what you can do to help at the HARRT website. (Steve Lamar)



    AAFA URGES NEW CONGRESS TO REVOKE OCEAN CARRIERS' ANTI-TRUST IMMUNITY
    AAFA joined with over two dozen other business associations in sending letters January 12 to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees urging the new Congress to revoke the anti-trust immunity enjoyed by ocean carriers. The problems that thousands of U.S. businesses faced in 2010 from the lingering economic recession were exacerbated by the ocean carriers who "rolled freight" and stranded cargoes in foreign and U.S. ports, breached their contracts with U.S. importers and exporters, and applied virtually uniform across-the-board rate increases and surcharges, all under the protection under anti-trust immunity. (Nate Herman)

    AAFA URGES CPSC TO EXTEND CPSIA STAY OF ENFORCEMENT
    AAFA joined 30 other trade associations in submitting a petition January 10 requesting that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) extend the current stay of testing and certification for lead substrates for at least one year after the CPSC issues its final regulations regarding "Testing and Labeling Pertaining to Product Certification and Conditions" and "Requirements for Testing Component Parts of Consumer Products." The current stay of enforcement expires on February 10, only a few weeks away. If the CPSC allows the stay of enforcement to expire as scheduled on February 10, all of the reasonable testing programs that AAFA members have spent time and money to create will essentially be rendered useless. In its place, AAFA members will be required to submit all product to expensive and time consuming third-party testing under controversial draft rules that the CPSC has yet to finalize. In short, the lifting of the stay would not produce any tangible improvements to product safety or public safety, just additional costs to businesses. TAKE ACTION NOW! To support the official petition request, we have created a link where you can go and easily e-mail a letter out to each of the five CPSC Commissioners requesting they immediately vote to extend the stay of testing and certification for lead substrates. Please take a minute to send the letter and forward the link onto others to add their voice. You can either leave the text as is or you can feel free to change it to personalize the letter. (Rebecca Mond)

    CPSC TO HAVE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 100 PPM LEAD LIMIT
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has scheduled to have a public hearing for February 17 on the technological feasibility of achieving a 100ppm lead in substrate limit in children's products. Section 101 (a) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) provides that, as of August 14, 2011, children's products may not contain more than 100 parts per million ("ppm") of lead unless the Consumer CPSC determines that such a limit is not technologically feasible. The public hearing will be held at the CPSC, in the Hearing Room, 4th Floor of the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 as well as via webcast at http://www.cpsc.gov/webcast. The CPSC welcomes people to pre register for oral presentations or written statements. To register for the hearing, submit written statements, or other information regarding the hearing, please go to the CPSC website. (Rebecca Mond)

    CPSC TO OPEN OVERSEAS OFFICE IN CHINA
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced plans to open its first international office in China. The office's primary purpose is to inform Chinese manufacturers about American product standards in hopes of reducing the number of recalls related to lead levels and other materials that have raised concern. This venture reflects the ongoing process the government utilizes to ensure consumers' safety. (Rebecca Mond)

    FIVE NEW CPSC RECALLS
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) between January 11 and 14 announced the voluntary recall of five separate products. 800 pairs of infant and toddler footed pajamas, 20,800 men's fleece sherpa shirts, 18,000 children's hooded sweatshirts and jackets, 6,200 youth hooded wind/rain jackets and 900 children's hooded sweatshirts. The infant and toddler footed pajamas, manufactured by The Vermont Teddy Bear Co., were recalled due to a choking hazard posed by the metal snaps that attach the hood to pajamas coming off. The men's fleece sherpa shirts, manufactured by Foria International Inc., were recalled due to the shirts not meeting the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel and posing a risk of burn injury. The children's hooded sweatshirts and jackets, the youth hooded wind/rain jackets and the children's hooded sweatshirts, manufactured by Mejoong Corp., Prairie Mountain Inc. and Alpha Industries, respectively, were recalled due to a drawstring through the hood and/or waist that can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard. No injuries were reported in any of the cases. (Rebecca Mond)

    AAFA/COALITION URGE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ICANN GTLD EXPANSION PROPOSAL
    AAFA joined with The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) to send a letter January 18 urging incoming House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) to convene a hearing to review the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) initiative to roll out new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). In today's internet, gTLDs include the standard .com, .net and .org. ICANN's proposal would allow for gTLDs such as .disney and other brand names at costs that could be as high as $175,000 per registration, which would be a cost few companies could afford. Further, ICANN's proposal would undermine the ability of apparel and footwear companies to protect their trademarks online, a problem that companies face today even under the current system of gTLDs. (Kurt Courtney)

    WHITE HOUSE URGES CONGRESS TO RATIFY KOREA FTA
    U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced January 13 that the Obama administration will pushing Congress to approve a free-trade agreement with South Korea. Kirk believes Congress should approve the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) quickly to keep the United States on pace to compete in a global market. The AAFA-supported agreement will increase American exports by $10 to $11 billion, just by cutting tariffs for American goods and services, and will create tens of thousands of well-paying American jobs. (Nate Herman)

    RETAIL PRICES FOR APPAREL SLIGHTLY UP, WHILE FOOTWEAR IS SLIGHTLY LOWER IN DECEMBER
    According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics January 14 release of the December 2010 Consumer Price Index (CPI), seasonally-adjusted retail prices for all types of apparel rose slightly 0.1 percent in December after rising 0.2 percent during the previous month. The December increase was caused by an increase in prices for Infants' and Toddlers' apparel (+0.7 percent) while men and boys' apparel prices decreased (-0.4 percent) and women and girls' apparel prices stayed even. Overall footwear prices decreased slightly (-0.3 percent) in December from the previous month, as much lower prices for men's footwear (-2.5 percent) more than offset rises juvenile footwear (+0.9 percent) and women's footwear (+0.3 percent) prices. Overall prices for apparel and footwear were 1.1 percent lower in December than in December 2009. December prices for footwear were 1.5 percent lower while prices for men's and boys' apparel (-0.8 percent), women's and girls' apparel (-2.4 percent) and infants' and toddlers' apparel (-0.1 percent) all also dropped versus December 2009. December overall retail prices for women's shoes (-2.9 percent) and men's shoes (-0.8 percent) were both lower than year-ago levels, while prices for Juvenile's shoes were 0.6 percent higher. Overall retail prices increased by 0.5 percent in December on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Overall retail prices also increased on year-on-year terms, up by 1.4 percent from December 2009. (Nate Herman)

    APPAREL/FOOTWEAR RETAIL SALES LOSE MOMENTUM IN DECEMBER BUT CONTINUE TO RISE
    According to the US Census Bureau's January 14 release of December 2010 Advanced Monthly Sales, seasonally adjusted retail sales at U.S. clothing and clothing accessories stores, including shoe stores, fell in December by 0.2 percent from the previous month. Despite this bit of bad news, sales were still 7.4 percent higher in December than in December 2009. December seasonally adjusted retail sales at U.S. department stores decreased by 1.9 percent from November, keeping sales 1.3 percent lower than in December 2009. Seasonally adjusted retail sales at all U.S. general merchandise stores (which includes discount stores like Kohl's, Target and Wal-Mart as well as regular department stores) decreased 0.7 percent in December but still remained positive at 2.8 percent higher than in December 2009. (Nate Herman)

    LATEST TRADE NUMBERS — U.S. APPAREL IMPORTS RECOVERY ACCELERATES AS U.S. FOOTWEAR IMPORTS RECOVERY SLOWS
    U.S. apparel imports continued to recover over the fall, increasing 16.9 percent to 22.92 billion square meter equivalents (SME) in quantity terms and 13.6 percent to $66.12 billion in value terms during the first 11 months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009, while U.S. footwear imports also accelerated over the fall, with U.S. footwear imports in the first 11 months of 2010 growing 15.4 percent to 2.091 billion pairs in quantity terms and up 16.1 percent.to $17.5 billion in terms of value. For a more detailed analysis of the trade numbers, please go to AAFA's Web site. (Nate Herman)


    UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU...TO COMMENT!
    Congress and many government agencies are soliciting comments on a range of issues that may affect your business. For a list of upcoming comments, please click here.


    AAFA Member News

    AAFA WELCOMES NEW MEMBER: OpSec Security

    OpSec Security
    Terri Mock, Vice President, Global Marketing
    3 Copley Place, Suite 201
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone: 617.226.3000 x307
    E-mail: tmock@opsecsecurity.com
    Website: www.opsecsecurity.com

    OpSec Security is the global leader in providing anti-counterfeiting technologies and services to over 300 global brands and 50 governments worldwide. OpSec provides integrated solutions for product authentication, secure product tracking and online brand protection to the apparel and footwear industry. OpSec solutions enable brand owners to combat counterfeiting, grey market diversion, unauthorized e-commerce, intellectual property infringements, and brand abuse.


    UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMPLETES EMPIRICAL STUDY OF POTENTIAL USES OF RFID IN THE APPAREL RETAIL SUPPLY CHAIN
    The Item Level RFID Initiative (ILRI) met on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 during the NRF show in New York City. The meeting was attended by more than 100 retailers, suppliers, technology providers and members of academia. The immediate goal of the group, which was formed in June and formally announced publicly on November 1, 2010, is to further accelerate item level tagging by publishing industry guidelines and business case roadmaps for return on investment for retailers and suppliers. Cindy DiPietrantonio, Chief Operations Officer for The Jones Group and ILRI co-chair said "The technology is here and it's pretty exciting what we will have the ability to do." Results of a pilot run in two of its stores in NYC resulted in improved productivity by 25% and inventory cycle count was reduced by 92%. Peter Longo, President of Logistics for Macy's and ILRI co-chair weighed in and said "No matter how good the utilization of the bar code is, it is woefully short of what you can accomplish with RFID technology." At the meeting, the final release of "An Empirical Study of Potential Uses of RFID in the Apparel Retail Supply Chain" was unveiled. The research was commissioned by the AAFA & GS1 US and conducted by the University of Arkansas. The three-phase Supplier ROI study is commonly referred to as the Many-to-Many study. The 60 use cases identified in the paper were solicited from a wide range of companies, in several different countries, in many different types of facilities, and thus reveal where the industry collectively believes the greatest RFID benefits reside. (Mary Howell)


    In the Press

    Inflation in China May Help US Exports
    from USA Today
    China's rising inflation rate may soon be felt on U.S. shores. For American exporters, that's not bad news. More

    President Barak Obama: Toward a 21-Century Regulatory System
    from The Wall Street Journal
    For two centuries, America's free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force for prosperity the world has ever known. More

    Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
    from The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama plans a government-wide review of federal regulations, aiming to eliminate rules that stymie economic growth. More

    Hu Jintao Arriving for State Visit Focused on Economics, Security, Human Rights
    from The Washington Post
    Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to arrive in Washington Tuesday for a state visit replete with ceremonial flourishes but driven by high-priority economic, global security and human rights issues. More
     


    AAFA Events & Educational Programs

    Jan. 20-23, 2011
    Visit with
    AAFA and Intertek at the Outdoor Retailer Show
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Booth Number 30197W

    Feb. 2, 2011
    Intimate Apparel Council Program
    New York City

    Feb. 10, 2011
    AAFA Executive Committee Meeting

    Feb. 13, 2011
    AAFA @ Magic: Making Money in a Brave New World
    Las Vegas, NV

    Feb. 23, 2011
    Human Resources Leadership Council Meeting
    Cary, NC

    March 2, 2011
    Government Relations Committee Meeting
    Washington, DC

    March 2, 2011
    AAFA Board of Directors Meeting
    Washington, DC

    March 2-4, 2011
    2011 AAFA Annual Executive Summit
    Washington, DC

    Click here for complete schedule of events.




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    Footwear Testing Services
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    XRF Analyzers
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