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Alibaba Moves to Stop Counterfeits on its Websites

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Washington—Following some scathing comments of the U.S. Trade Represenative, Alibaba has brought in a former counterfeit-battling executive from Apple to battle its problem of fake goods. Matthew Bassiur , who was vice president Deputy Chief Security Officer at Pfizer, now will become Vice President, Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement at …

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AAFA’s Juanita Duggan to Take on New Role as Board Begins CEO Search

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association today announced that its President/CEO Juanita Duggan will step down. Duggan will become  president/ceo of the National Federation of Independent Business in February, after current NFIB leader Dan Danner retires. The officers of the AAFA Board of Directors are developing a leadership transition plan. “When …

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AAFA Sends Letter to Alibaba Calling for New Anti-Counterfeit Measures

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AAFA, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, is demanding more transparency from Alibaba. After years of “unproductive conversations” with Alibaba Group and following an April letter sent to several U.S. government officials, the American Apparel & Footwear Association has called for major changes to the Alibaba’s anti- counterfeiting procedures. In …

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President Obama Signs Two Key Industry-Supported Trade Measures into Law

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Washington–President Barack Obama today signed two important trade measures into law – the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015). Both bills, passed by Congress last week, are key pieces of the trade agenda supported by retailers and trade associations …

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AAFA Releases 16th Edition of Restricted Substances List

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel and Footwear Association released this week its 16th edition of the Restricted Substance List (RSL), the industry’s chemical management resource for banned or restricted chemicals and substances in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products around the world. The RSL, which covers apparel, footwear, travel goods, …

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Cynthia Rowley Accepts Designer of the Year Award with Hilarious Video

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Cynthia Rowley may have won the Fashion Designer of the Year at last night’s star-studded American Apparel & Footwear (AAFA) American Image Awards, but her hilarious video acceptance speech, which she presented to a crowd of nearly 400 fashion accessory A-listers and CEOs, truly stole the show. Playing seven different …

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AAFA Hosts Strategic Sourcing, Customs & Logistics Conference

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Arlington, Va.–Hot topics on sourcing trends, customs policies, logistics challenges and global expansion are on the agenda next week at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s (AAFA) Strategic Sourcing, Customs, and Logistics Integration Conference in Washington, D.C., held April 13-15, 2015. The conference, which begins April 13, draws sourcing executives …

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AAFA Releases 2014 Apparel, Shoe Statistics

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released last week its ApparelStats 2014 and ShoeStats 2014 reports, which provide a snapshot of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2013. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the yearly business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports, and retail prices. “The industry …