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South Africa: impact of COVID-19 on the footwear industry

Mar 31, 2021 / South Africa
Jirka Vymetal, the Executive Director of SAFLIA - Southern African Footwear and Leather Industries Association, spoke with local magazine S&V about the state of the footwear industry in the country

Asics will be distributed in Argentina by Dass

Mar 22, 2021 / Argentina
The Japanese-based sportswear brand is delegating the distribution of its branded products in Argentina to Brazilian-based company Dass

Manufacturing in Pirmasens is ending for Peter Kaiser

Mar 19, 2021 / Germany
New investors were announced for Peter Kaiser. In addition to the current CEO Stefan Frank, a couple of investors join the business: Hans-Joachim and Gisa Sander (husband and wife), founders of cosmetics company Wella. Pirmasens production line to shut down

Revenue down by 26.5% in 2020 at Stella

Mar 19, 2021 / Hong Kong
The group’s consolidated revenue for the year ended on the 31st of December 2020 declined by 26.5% to 1 135 million US dollars, while shipment volumes for the year declined by 26.9% to 43.4 million pairs

Germany's manufacturing: new orders up by 1.4%

Mar 18, 2021 / Germany
According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), real (price adjusted) new orders increased by a seasonally and calendar adjusted 1.4% in January 2021 compared with December 2020

Inditex: sales down by 28% in 2020

Mar 10, 2021 / Spain
The Spanish-based retail group Inditex also generated profit of 1.1 billion euros in its 2020 financial year, with the figures attributed to a leap in online sales and strong customer engagement

Join the new edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey

Mar 8, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
The WorldFootwear.com is asking all experts within the footwear industry to share their views about the current business situation and assess the main impacts of COVID-19. We also want your opinions on the post-pandemic issues. Join today! We want to hear you

US Retail: footwear retail sales still below the 2018 average

Premium ContentFeb 8, 2021 / United States
No matter the seasonal hike in December, with flat retail sales of footwear since June 2020 and 20% lower than the 2018 average, the 1st quarter of 2021 will hardly beat this baseline. Even if one considers the hike in ecommerce, perspectives are not great. On top of that low consumer confidence and uncertainty regarding a full return of shoppers to the high street, add to the gloomy picture of retail in the US

US: steepest contraction in footwear consumption in 60 years

Premium ContentFeb 5, 2021 / United States
The US, one of the largest footwear markets, is the country registering more positive cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic. We have spoken with Matt Priest, President & CEO of the FDRA, the local footwear association, about the current situation in the country

Former Nike Executive Emma Minto joins Crocs

Feb 3, 2021 / United States
The brand of casual footwear for women, men and children, announced that Emma Minto was hired as Senior Vice President and General Manager, overseeing all Crocs operations for America

Argentina: recovery is still far away

Premium ContentJan 28, 2021 / Argentina
Economic activities are operating in Argentina, with some restrictions given the need to constrain the diffusion of COVID-19 in the country. The deep contraction of footwear consumption is one of the main issues for the industry, according to the Chamber of the Footwear Industry

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

Premium ContentJan 27, 2021 / Chile
We spoke with 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

South Africa: industry impacted by slow retail sales

Premium ContentJan 27, 2021 / South Africa
We spoke with Jirka Vymetal, Executive Director at SAFLIA, the Southern African Footwear & Leather Industries Association, to learn more about the current situation of the pandemic in the country and the impacts it is having on the footwear industry

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

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
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