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Sales of shoe stores in the US down by 56%

Aug 12, 2020 / United States
According to data from the USA Census Bureau and the analysis of the WorldFootwear.com, growth of sales of the shoe stores in the US has been on the red since the beginning of year

Joint statement from AAFA, FDRA, NRF, RILA, and USFIA on supply chains and Xinjiang

Jul 28, 2020 / United States
A group of US-based footwear, apparel, retail and fashion industries associations have issued a statement regarding the issues around suspects of forced labour in parts of the supply chain

Future perspectives on sustainability: transparency and traceability

Premium ContentJul 27, 2020 / World Footwear Reports
The fashion world has changed and in recent years clothing and footwear brands developed product lines and ranges drawing attention to the call for greater sustainability of materials or cleaner manufacturing processes. What is next on sustainability?

10 years of Portuguese Soul

Jul 27, 2020 / Portugal
In 2020 Portuguese Soul magazine celebrates one decade of spreading Portuguese creativity. This new edition is especially dedicated to people and brands that value the country abroad

US: major retailers requiring customers to wear face masks

Jul 23, 2020 / United States
As numbers of daily new cases continue high in the US, many retailers are following the practice advocated by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and demanding customers to wear face masks in their premises

US: Healthy Workplace Tax Credit to go ahead

Jul 23, 2020 / United States
The National Retail Federation welcomed new legislation that would give businesses a tax credit intended to help defer the cost of employee testing, PPE, cleaning and other steps needed to make workplaces safe during the coronavirus pandemic

Is your store or brand ready for customers after COVID-19?

Premium ContentJul 22, 2020 / Coronavirus - Covid19
In the new normality of the post-COVID-19 the retailers' activities to promoting safety, protection and health measures for employees, customers and suppliers becomes key. Brand managers also have to think about several topics not to miss important opportunities for their businesses. Do you want to know more?

Open Your Mind campaign: initiatives in Portugal

Jul 22, 2020 / Portugal
Promoted by the European Commission, through the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and DG GROW (Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), the campaign is presenting itself to young people

Luís Onofre re-elected APICCAPS President

Jul 21, 2020 / Portugal
Luís Onofre was re-elected President of APICCAPS (Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association), for a new three-year term

How to Communicate Sustainability?

Premium ContentJul 20, 2020 / World Footwear Reports
Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental issues and are become demanding regarding the products they buy. Are companies thinking about sustainability? And are companies communicating what they are doing?

Coronavirus driven lockdowns return to the US

Premium ContentJul 20, 2020 / United States
Some US states such as California and Oregon are bringing back orders to lockdown as new cases of people infected with coronavirus continue to climb. Consumers in badly hit areas might not feel comfortable to visit stores

Nike, Zara and adidas are the most valuable fashion brands

Jul 17, 2020 / World
The BrandZ top 100 ranking of the world’s most valuable brands, released by WPP and Kantar, listed the Germany-based brand as number one brand in the apparel category. Nike is followed by European-based brands Zara and adidas

AAFA claims lack of trade credit insurance could hinder economy restart

Jul 15, 2020 / United States
A new report by economists Dr. Robert Litan and Dr. Yong Xu highlights the need for a government-sponsored backstop to support trade credit insurance (TCI) to ensure a safe recovery from the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 crisis

Is your company aware of the importance of Certification?

Premium ContentJul 14, 2020 / World Footwear Reports
In a global scenario of rapid and permanent evolution, the positive impact that Standards can have in supporting growth, competitiveness and innovation, irrespective of the nature or size of the organisation, is unavoidable

AAFA calls for national guidance on face masks

Jul 14, 2020 / United States
In a letter sent to President Donald J. Trump, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) requested that the administration institute federal face mask guidelines to assist retail stores as the country continues efforts to reopen
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