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TRADE Webinars

AAFA Member Only: Going to BAT on Tax Reform & Do We Hafta NAFTA... Again?

AAFA_May_4_Screen_ShotMay 4, 2017 - AAFA conducted a webinar focusing President Donald Trump and Congress tax reform proposal, and talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). AAFA is leading the advocacy efforts on these mission critical issues and AAFA members heard how tax reform and NAFTA could impact the apparel and footwear industry’s bottom line. 


AAFA Member Only: What Do the Border Adjustability Tax Proposals Mean for You?

AAFA_December_14_Screen_ShotDecember 14, 2016 - Mayer Brown and AAFA conducted a member-only webinar highlighting an overhaul of the U.S. tax proposal and what the genesis of border adjustability means for your business.



Customs Updates and International Threats


August 18, 2016 - BSI conducted an AAFA webinar addressing the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program and their efforts to help protect the supply chain.  




Customs Planning Opportunities for Retailers in 2016 & Beyond


July 28, 2016 - KPMG conducted an AAFA webinar addressing regulations and insight on the potential return on investment of customs planning as well as how retailers can elevate efficiency and reduce risk in an ever-changing landscape. 


AAFA Member Only: What You Need to Know about the New Trade Laws - Customs and MTB


May 19, 2016 - AAFA hosted this member-only webinar to update members on the most pressing elements of the recently enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTE Act) and important updates about the MTB (Miscellaneous Tariff Bill) process.


AAFA Member Only: TPP Update - What You Need to Know Today


February 23, 2016 - In this AAFA Member-only webinar, AAFA trade experts update members on the latest on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and explain the technical details with real-world examples. TPP is full of technicalities that can cost you hundreds of millions if you don’t know the specifics.

AAFA Member Only: Adding Travel Goods to GSP – What’s Happening & What’s Next


January 19, 2016 - In this AAFA Member-only webinar, the timeline for duty-free imports of travel goods from developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program was explained and what companies should be doing to prepare.


AAFA Member Only: Deciphering TPP


November 19, 2016 - In early October the United States and 11 other countries concluded negotiations to craft a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement and the full text was released on November 5, 2015. When implemented, the agreement will include about 40 percent of the world’s economy and create a market reaching 800 million consumers. This webinar covers: the scope of what’s included and how it will affect your business; overview of key provisions; timeline for 'entry into force'; and how to plan for the steps that follow.

What the TPP Agreement Means for U.S. Retail Companies


October 13, 2015 - Amber Road conducted an AAFA webinar focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, this webinar discussed the commercial and compliance details behind this historic agreement and explained how to qualify for the inherent trade benefits.


Taking Advantage of FTZ Programs & Using Automation to Boost FTZ-Driven Savings


September 24, 2015 - Amber Road conducted an AAFA webinar focused on how automation systems can help unlock the latent advantages inherent in Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs). The webinar shared the benefits of the FTZ model, the technologies available to manage them, and how apparel and footwear companies can incorporate FTZs into their global supply chain strategies.

FTZ's - Increasing Profit by Reducing Importing Cost through the Foreign-Trade Zone Program


April 22, 2015 - FTZC (Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation) conducted a webinar on the substantial benefits of leveraging the Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) program within your organization. The webinar provided an overview of the FTZ program, its advantages, the cost and process of implementing the program within an organization, and tips for avoiding potential pitfalls.



Addressing Security and Social Risk Factors in Latin America

BSI_May_18_Screen_ShotMay 18, 2017 - BSI conducted an AAFA webinar addressing how a robust responsible sourcing program that takes into consideration complexities in local operational environments can provide an organization with enhanced visibility into their global operations and better protect their brand and reputation. 


DETOXing Your Supply Chain


April 12, 2017 - TÜV Rheinland conducted a free webinar sharing an overview of how the apparel and footwear consumer products industry addresses the need of sound management of chemicals within the global supply chain. 



Energize the World's Oldest Material with a New Marketing Message

Oeko-Tex_March_15_Screen_ShotMarch 15, 2017 - OEKO-TEX conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting how companies can promote consumer confidence by ensuring the leather goods they sell are verified as free from harmful levels of chemical substances.



Supply Chain Slavery Threats and Trends


December 12, 2016 - BSI Supply Chain Solutions conducted an AAFA webinar to explore the needed elements to design and implement a robust responsible sourcing and slavery risk management program.



CSR with WRAP - A New Approach to Working Hours


December 7, 2016 - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)  conducted this AAFA webinar to illustrate how factories that meet certain conditions can qualify for certification, even if they are not yet in full compliance with local legal limits on working hours.


Give Consumers What They Want! Responsibly and Transparently Sourced Apparel & Footwear


November 3, 2016 - OEKO-TEX conducted an AAFA webinar illustrating how brands and retailers can take advantage of existing third-party certifications so that their consumers can see, literally, where their apparel was sourced. 



Key Ingredients for a Seamless Omnichannel Customer Experience

Avery_Dennison_October_5_Screen_ShotOctober 5, 2016 - Avery Dennison RBIS and The Boston Consulting Group conducted an AAFA webinar addressing the adoption of seamless omnichannel experiences that have changed consumer buying habits and behaviors. Learn how these behaviors drive your sales and profitability.  


Ensuring Safety in Children's Apparel and Footwear

Bureau_Veritas_September_22_Screen_ShotSeptember 22, 2016 - Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services conducted an AAFA webinar about regulatory laws and safety labeling for children’s wear, including apparel and footwear. 



The Icebreaker Business Case: How PLM Drives Change


September 15, 2016 - CentricSoftware and Icebreaker conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting how product lifecycle management (PLM) and effective project management can support business process transformation.


AAFA Member Only: TSCA Reform and its Impact on the Apparel and Footwear Industry

AAFA_August_25_Screen_ShotAugust 25, 2016 - President Barack Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, 2016. The AAFA-supported legislation establishes a new national chemical management standard that significantly alters chemical regulation in the U.S. On August 25, 2016, AAFA conducted a member-only webinar addressing the impact of TSCA reform on downstream users of chemicals in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.

AAFA Member Only: Interpreting U.S. and International Labeling Guidelines for Apparel & Footwear

AAFA_July_14_Screen_ShotJuly 14, 2016 - AAFA with a team of experts, highlighted labeling trends and enforcements, demonstrated AAFA’s new International Apparel & Footwear Labeling Matrix, and addressed frequent questions regarding labeling.  Robert M. Frisby, Attorney with the Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, offered key insights into labeling guidelines for fiber, wool, and textiles.  The development of the Labeling Matrix was made possible by Stacey Bowers, Manager, Global Market Access with Compliance & Risks with review and comments by Jennifer Hargrave, Sr. Regulatory Consulting Specialist with Bureau Veritas and Louann Spirito, Consumer and Retail Director Technical Support, Softlines with SGS North America, Inc.

Risk-based Approach to Product Safety, Quality, and Compliance


July 6, 2016 - MetricStream conducted an AAFA webinar focusing on the importance of a comprehensive risk-based approach to product safety and compliance and how technology can be leveraged to unify quality, risk, and compliance across an organization. 


AAFA Member Only: AAFA's Second Annual CSR Benchmarking Survey - The Results


June 23, 2016 - AAFA conducted a member-only webinar revealing the summary results of our second annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) benchmarking survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide the industry with a barometer of how companies approach CSR efforts from an operations perspective.

Developed by a task group formed from the AAFA Social Responsibility Committee, the survey addressed three key areas of companies’ CSR programs: composition and areas of responsibility; company size and how it impacts size, responsibilities, and effectiveness of a CSR team; and standard practices and audit processes.

Tackling Mold Issues in Apparel and Footwear


June 9, 2016 - TÜV SÜD conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting the causes of mold and how to mitigate the risk of mold making an unwelcome visit upon your product and affecting your supply chain.



Regulated Chemicals and Compliance Options in Major Apparel Markets


May 26, 2016 - Eurofins conducted an AAFA webinar that provided an overview of the major regulations on chemicals and fiber content, a practical understanding of associated risks, and of the different available technologies to meet compliance and manage risks.


How Apparel Brands & Retailers Can Move to More Sustainable Chemicals


April 6, 2016 - OEKO-TEX conducted an AAFA webinar about textile chemicals and the importance of having a rigorous and responsible chemical management system in place for apparel products.



Re-shoring in the U.S. & Italy: Why Apparel & Fashion Brands are Coming Home


March 31, 2016 - Ambrosetti conducted an AAFA webinar about the re-shoring of brands and businesses who are contemplating “coming home” and bringing manufacturing back to their country of origin. 


Safety and Compliance of U.S. and Canada Regulations for Textiles and Footwear 

Asia_Inspection_March_22_Screen_ShotMarch 22, 2016 - AsiaInspection conducted an AAFA webinar about the regulations and product safety failure rates and recall cases of textile and footwear products.




Managing Supply Chain Risks: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery


March 3, 2016 -MetricStream conducted an AAFA webinar about integrating effective detection and prevention programs to ensure that the right controls are in place to prevent human trafficking and forced labor with supply chain functions.


Driving Business with Product Lifecycle Management

Centric_Software_February_9_Screen_ShotFebruary 9, 2016 - Centric Software conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting experiences from experts in the global fashion and sports industry who used technology to drive their businesses and power their brands’ portfolios.



How to Identify & Remove Unwanted Substances in Your Supply Chain


January 21, 2016 - ChemSec conducted an AAFA webinar on chemical management in the supply chain focusing on determining the relevant problematic chemicals in the supply chain, discovering ways to phase them out, and complying with the demands of the brands and retailers.

Driving Continuous Improvement Through Scalable Supplier Dialogue


December 10, 2015 - BSI conducted an AAFA webinar on innovative approaches that emphasize collaborative problem-solving and scalable supplier dialogue as a means to add value, drive improvement, and demonstrate measurable impact.


Software ROI is Alive and Well: Using Technology to Transform Material Development 

TEXbase_November_12_Screen_ShotNovember 12, 2015 - TEXbase conducted an AAFA webinar focusing on how Pearl Izumi gained deeper and faster insight into their test data, automated manual processes, and optimized the way they worked with technology to save time and utilize resources.


Real-time Operational Intelligence for Apparel, Footwear, and Retail Companies


October 19, 2015 - OpsVeda conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting industry challenges and a solution that captures real-time intelligence to manage supply chain processes, maximize revenue, and mitigate risk for businesses. 



Best Practices to Improve Sustainability & Social Responsibility in the Fashion Industry


October 7, 2015 - MetricStream conducted an AAFA webinar about structuring and evaluating a sustainability program; IP protection systems in responsible supply chain management; proactive methods and approaches to enhance sustainability; communicating sustainability initiatives to consumers; and using technology to automate and streamline sustainability initiatives.

Wearable Technology for Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories


September 17, 2015 - TÜV SÜD presented a webinar on a variety of wearable technologies that are being integrated rapidly into apparel, footwear, and accessories. In this webinar, the speakers discussed the present and future of wearable technology and also explored important safety and testing requirements.

Implementing a Risk-Based Approach to Increase Transparency and Compliance


August 20, 2015 - BSI conducted a webinar addressing the steps your organization needs to take to implement a risk-based approach. By implementing a risk-based approach, you gain visibility into the potential risks posed by your suppliers, and other geographic factors before they evolve.  The webinar also describes what other apparel and footwear organizations are doing to improve supply chain transparency and compliance.

Financing Sustainability Throughout Your Supply Chain


August 6, 2015 - AAFA and GT Nexus conducted a webinar about financing sustainability in your supply chain and the pressure of razor-thin margins faced by buyers and suppliers. This cross-sector panel helps you understand the inner workings of the Global Trade Supplier Finance (GTSF) program, and see how joining could create value for you and your supply chain.

How to Ensure Quality and Compliance of Your Trim Supply Chain


July 30, 2015 - Intertek and Target conducted a webinar about building a qualification program that is essential for continuous improvement in quality control for trim manufacturers to promote confidence within the supply chain. Learn how the Trim Qualification Program (TQP) is an evaluation and improvement initiative focusing on production capability and quality control systems that ensure products comply with the quality requirements and safety regulations

What's Happening in Your Supply Chain?


July 14, 2015 - Setlog Corp. conducted a webinar about the growing need for companies to make up for missed investments (time, resources, money) in their supply chain. Learn how to deal with the global sourcing trends, higher socio-economic customer awareness, and multiple sustainability initiatives that now require a transparent and especially compliant supply chain.

Chemical Management Made Easy: Learn About the AAFA, VPEPxchange System

7.8.15_VPEP_WebinarJuly 8, 2015 - AAFA and TEXbase conducted a webinar on the Voluntary Product Environmental Profiles system (VPEPxchange System). The VPEPxchange gives suppliers a technology platform to facilitate chemical traceability within the supply chain and share with brands and retailers. This webinar takes your compliance teams on an educational tour of the newly released V2. Learn how, and why the largest dyestuff and chemical suppliers in the world are creating and sharing VPEPs with their customers through a secure environment.  

Compliance. Innovation. Assurance. How External Partners in Sustainability Help Drive Your Business


June 24, 2015 - The International OEKO-TEX® Association conducted a webinar to discuss the drivers behind the sustainability movement in the global apparel industry. The science of sustainability has moved well beyond just “doing the right thing” to requiring measurable actions to meet the growing global demand for high quality products and manufacturing methods that are both socially and environmentally responsible. Apparel companies with successful sustainability strategies should employ the same accounting principles-- transparency, checks and balances, scorecards, and independent auditing-- that have long been required for financial reporting. 

What Does Quality Mean to My Organization?

qualitywebinarintroJune 2, 2015 - TEXbase conducted a webinar on corporate quality. The path to a better outcome begins with a close examination of the ever-changing definition of corporate quality. Start by answering the question "what does quality mean to my organization?" By redefining corporate quality, communicating a vision for the future, and committing to integrated and process-oriented management strategies you establish the foundation needed to drive the top-down organizational change required to optimize quality and compliance.

Key Strategies to Strengthen Third Party Due-Diligence

splashMay 14, 2015 - MetricStream conducted a webinar on key strategies to strengthen supplier third party due diligence. Addressing risks such as bribery and corruption, product safety, quality, information systems and more, through an effective management program, safeguard apparel, and footwear brands as well as to help meet regulatory requirements.

The Best Defense is a Great Offense - Data Protection & Mitigation Strategies

McGladrey_ClipMarch 11, 2015 - McGladrey conducted a free webinar on security and privacy. The informative webinar addressed how to overcome key data security challenges within your organization and reviewed concrete ideas for implementing data security to improve your business.


Out of the Box Implementation - Proceed with Caution

Amber_Road_ClipMarch 4, 2015 - Amber Road (fomerly ecVision) conducted a webinar on the key decisions that must be considered to ensure the successful implementation of “out-of-the-box” supply chain management software solutions. During the webinar, Amber Road (formerly ecVision) and its Implementation Partners at The Parker Avery Group will provide insight into the key decisions that must be evaluated to ensure a successful implementation journey.

Ensuring Complaince Through Your Product Safety Program

2February 17, 2015 - AAFA and MetricStream conducted a free webinar on how to adopt a comprehensive compliance management program through pro-actively identifying product safety risks within your organization.


Brooks Brothers - Keeping Up In An Omnichannel Marketplace 

21015_ClipFebruary 10, 2015 - SAP conducted a free webinar on how fashion retailers can deliver successful omnichannel strategies. As “omnichannel” places more demands on all retailers, the fast-moving fashion industry must be particularly diligent in order to keep up. 





Best Practices from Vans: Proactively Combatting Counterfeits


February 15, 2017 - MarkMonitor®  sponsored an AAFA webinar highlighting how Vans proactively mitigates the risks of online abuse and safeguards this world-renowned brand against challenges brought on by counterfeiters. 


Counterfeiters on the Rise - Challenges and Best Practices


December 15, 2016 - MarkMonitor® conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting the latest trends and tactics fraudsters are using to promote counterfeit goods online, and how to build an effective brand protection strategy. 



Third-party Risk Management: An Effective Program to Protect Your Brand


October 20, 2016 - MetricStream conducted an AAFA webinar focusing on the potential risks apparel manufacturers, retailers, and brands face when working with third-parties and how to manage those risks to meet business objectives. 



Protect Your Revenue with an Integrated Brand Protection Approach

Avery_Dennison_June_2_Screen_ShotJune 2, 2016 - Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions conducted an AAFA webinar highlighting best practice ideas for establishing an effective brand protection program.



Using Third-Party Certifications to Maintain and Enhance Brand Integrity


December 3, 2015 - OEKO-TEX conducted an AAFA webinar describing how third-party certifications can protect, maintain, and enhance brand integrity. Key objectives addressed were the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, sustainability trends in textiles, and how third-party resources can help ensure regulatory compliance.


OTHER Webinars



The Data Your Need to Evaluate Your 2016 Holiday Sales


February 23, 2017 -  The NPD Group conducted an AAFA webinar about the 2016 holiday sales season and how to use their data and insights to plan for the coming year. 




AAFA Member Only: A Conversation with AAFA Board Leadership

AAFA_January_12_Screen_ShotJanuary 12, 2017 - AAFA’s Chairman, Vice Chairman, and President and CEO shared a glimpse into the Association's priorities for 2017, which focus on brand protection, supply chain management, and trade.




AAFA Member Only: The Elections - An Initial Look for AAFA Members

AAFA_November_10_Screen_ShotNovember 10, 2016 - AAFA conducted a member-only webinar to discuss the election results and preview the potential impacts on the economy, the industry, and your bottom line. 




Holiday 2015 Sales - Happenings, Highlights, and 2016 Outlook

NPD_Group_February_25_Screen_ShotFebruary 25, 2016 - The NPD Group conducted an AAFA webinar recapping the holiday results and outlook for fashion in 2016. The webinar provided perspective on 2015 holiday sales and steps to evaluate your holiday results and plan for the coming year.



Retail Horizons - Envisioning the Future of Retail

AAFA_Retail_Horizons_-_clipFebruary 26, 2015 - AAFA and RILA conducted  a free webinar on uncovering powerful new tools that help retailers and product manufactures drive sustainable change within their organizations.




Holiday Happenings and 2015 Outlook


January 8, 2015 - AAFA and The NPD Group conducted a free webinar recapping the results of the 2014 holiday shopping season, and provided a look into what the industry can expect in 2015. During this webinar attendees heard Marshal share insights across all channels and multiple categories, from online shopping to tablets to sweaters, and gained the perspective needed to evaluate their results this holiday and information that enabled them to plan for next year with a focus on opportunities for growth.





Webinar: Supply Chain Corruption - The Elephant in the Room
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June 01, 2017
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Webinar: Harnessing the Simplified Duty Drawback Rules for Expanded Savings
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June 15, 2017
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