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MarketLive Index Results Show 125% Increase in Retailer Revenues Coming from Smartphones

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Petaluma, CA—Would we really be that smart without our smartphones? As mobile devices become even more inextricably linked to our daily activities, retailers are seeing a dramatic increase in smartphone use not only for shopping, but also purchasing. In its recent quarterly Performance Index report, MarketLive, a Total Commerce technology …

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AAFA Names New President/CEO

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Washington–The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) said Friday that Juanita D. Duggan, an experienced trade association executive and lobbyist, will join the association on July 1 as president and chief executive officer. Bringing more than 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill and in the White House, Duggan will …

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AAFA Releases ApparelStats, ShoeStats 2013 Reports

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) today released its ApparelStats 2013 and ShoeStats 2013 reports, serving as snapshots of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2012. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the latest business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports and retail …

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AAFA Welcomes Bill to Add Travelgoods to Duty Benefit

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed a new measure which would make U.S. imports of travelgoods such as luggage, backpacks and handbags, eligible for duty benefits. Introduced in the U.S. Senate, the GSP Update Act–full name Generalized System of Preferences Update for Production Diversification and Trade …

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AAFA Promotes Fashion Industry’s Positive Economic Impact

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Arlington, VA—The political stalemate that’s existed in Washington for several years—one that’s growing worse weekly—is likely to overshadow other institutions and industries. That’s why The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released Tuesday the first in a series of videos and collateral to ramp up the key role apparel, accessories …

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AAFA Urges Congress to Pass Trade Bill to Aid U.S. Manufacturers

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) joined a chorus of U.S. trade groups today urging Congress to reinstate recently-expired tariff suspensions as part of the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).” Known officially as the “U.S. Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013 (H.R. 2708),” MTB legislation has been …

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Fashion Industry Associations to Collaborate on Sustainability Issues

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Washington—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further foster collaboration on key sustainability initiatives across the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. “When it comes to tackling the serious issues of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and sustainability, …