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COVID-19: Chilean digital commerce accelerated at least 5 years in 2020

Premium ContentJan 27, 2021 / Chile
We spoke to FEDECCAL, the Chamber of Leather, Footwear and Allied Industries, to understand the main impacts of the pandemic in the country's footwear trade in 2020. We also discussed the acceleration of digital commerce in Chile last year, much driven by COVID-19

Japan Retail: YoY November retail sales could be misleading for 2021 forecasts

Premium ContentJan 27, 2021 / Japan
Looking at the most recent Year-on-Year retail sales variation in Japan can be quite misleading for any forecast, as retail sales in October-November seem to have been scarcely affected by the new COVID-19 outburst, when compared to 2019. In the same period the price indexes also showed little or no reaction to the pandemic, as they are at the same level as one year ago. The concern comes from a consumer confidence indicator which began to fade away in December

How is COVID-19 impacting the footwear industry in different countries?

Premium ContentJan 26, 2021 / World
With the world fast approaching 100 million cases of infected people and with vaccination now in place in several countries, we did a round of conversations with footwear associations across the world to understand what the current situation of the footwear industry is in their countries, and to learn where and in what conditions are footwear stores open

Italy: footwear SMEs in difficult situation

Premium ContentJan 26, 2021 / Italy
The Italian government has split the country’s regions into three zones, which determine the extent of restrictions applied in each moment. There are currently no restrictions to footwear manufacturing, but Assocalzaturifici's President says the situation is not good for SMEs

France: the main problem for footwear is the drop in demand

Premium ContentJan 26, 2021 / France
Contrary to other European countries, currently France has not imposed a lockdown, although stores have to be closed by 6pm everywhere in the country. According to the French Footwear Federation the main problem impacting the footwear sector is the drop in demand

Germany: closed stores are the big issue for this industry

Premium ContentJan 26, 2021 / Germany
Currently holding the 10th position in the list of countries with more cases of peope infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, Germany currently has a stern lockdown in place. We spoke with HDS/L - Federal Association of German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry to learn what is happening with the local industry

China: the industry is operating but is lacking orders

Premium ContentJan 25, 2021 / China
We continued with our round of conversations with the international footwear associations to learn more about the current situation of the footwear industry in different regions and countries, given the impact of COVID-19. Today we talked to CLIA in China

Lefaso: no disruption of footwear production in Vietnam

Premium ContentJan 25, 2021 / Vietnam
The impacts of the pandemic were felt in 2020, firstly with the disruption of material supply chains and then with the cancelation of orders from the US and EU, which result in a drop in exports of 20%. Now, according to the local footwear association the situation is under control

Malaysia: the industry is stopped

Premium ContentJan 25, 2021 / Malaysia
Malaysia is facing another wave of COVID-19 and is currently under Movement Control Order 2.0 since the 13th of January. This is planned to long until the 2nd of February, but might extend further

Canada: Chapter 11 is a big issue for manufacturers

Premium ContentJan 22, 2021 / Canada
We spoke with Denis Falardeau, President of the Shoe Manufacturers’ Association of Canada to learn more about the current situation in the country driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies filling Chapter 11 is a big issue at the moment, according to him

Spain: third wave of the pandemic hits the country

Premium ContentJan 22, 2021 / Spain
As the country is living another wave of the pandemic, we have spoken to FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries to learn the latest about the impacts of COVID-19 in the Spanish footwear industry

Hong Kong: business as usual for the footwear industry

Premium ContentJan 21, 2021 / Hong Kong
The situation in Hong Kong “is very much under control”, according to William Wong, Vice President of the Hong Kong Footwear Association, who told us the latest about the impact of COVID-19 in the region

Portugal: retail closes, manufacturing is functioning as usual

Jan 18, 2021 / Portugal
The country is living in another State of Emergency, at least until the 30th of January. Industry, distribution and schools remain open and functioning as usual. Non-essential retail is once again closed

UK Retail: footfall down over by 40% in 2020

Jan 18, 2021 / United Kingdom
According to the British Retail Consortium a hard year ends a with footfall decline of 43%. Year on year UK Footfall decreased by 46.1% in December. The restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 are largely on the origin of such numbers

UK: online sales growth hits 13-year high

Jan 15, 2021 / United Kingdom
Following an outstanding performance in November, online retail sales growth in December remained high at 37% Year-on-Year (YoY) growth. Online retail sales growth for the full year stands at 36% YoY, resulting in the highest annual growth since 2007
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