Open-Industry Programs

Open-industry webinar and lunch and learn recordings are available to all professionals in the apparel and footwear industry. These programs feature insight and knowledge sharing by AAFA member companies who provide business solutions for your supply chain, trade policy, and brand protection needs.
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Reliable Digital Twins - Comparing Virtual and Physical Fit
Fewer prototypes, reduced waste, faster decisions: 3D design promises efficiency, sustainability and, cost benefits. How do you leverage 3D tools, beyond visualization, while ensuring the same results?

The next level of 3D garment design is virtual fitting. Hohenstein's Digital Fitting Lab studied the fitting process using avatars and real models in identical garments. We shared the research and provide practical insights into using 3D simulations for virtual fitting.


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Leveraging Auto Supply Chain Mapping Tools for UFLPA
Explore the indispensable role of automation and supply chain mapping tools in mitigating risks with UFLPA for U.S. apparel and footwear importers. We discussed how these new tools, enhanced by Open-Source Intelligence and Machine-Learning, use diverse data sources to facilitate detailed product reports that extend to shipment level.

Mapping of the supply chain and its involved parties through several tiers is essential to work toward due diligence obligations, down to the lowest tier of supply, by linking raw material production and supplier practices across your value chain and providing data into supply chain actors. We dove into the rise of 'Intellectual-Property leakage.' Such thorough analysis is vital for minimizing the risk of forced-labor involvement in the supply chain. Importers are tasked with incorporating the results of these tools into their compliance program to predict and avoid supply chain disruption, CBP holds, added costs, UFLPA standards, and ESG issues.


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Proactively Manage UFLPA & Establish Traceability
UFLPA is impacting the apparel and footwear industry today, with more legislation coming from the EU is soon. Learn how companies are dealing with UFLPA detentions now, how to proactively prepare for UFLPA detentions, new laws anticipated for the future, and how to improve traceability in your supply chain overall. Infor Nexus and Deckers Brands led this timely conversation!

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Saving in Style: Apparel & Footwear Duty Drawback Strategies
As apparel and footwear enterprises continue to face unprecedented supply chain pressures, duty drawback can be a game-changing cost mitigation strategy. Created as an export incentive program, duty drawback allows qualifying companies to recover up to 99% of duties paid on merchandise imported into the U.S. that is later destroyed or exported. Today, however, an estimated 70% of eligible duty drawback refunds go unclaimed-- representing billions of dollars left on the table by U.S. businesses.

Duty drawback is recognized as the most complex commercial program administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-- but with expert guidance, implementing your own program can be made simple. Flexport's Tim Vorderstrasse and Caroline Dale spoke on how duty drawback can benefit your business.


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Compliance with Supply Chain Regulations
Supply chains are becoming more complex and diverse. New laws worldwide demand ethical and eco-friendly practices. Retailers and brands struggle to meet the standards. Doing nothing is not an option. How should your company navigate these new laws and directives?

With the right tools you can monitor your supply chain, identify, measure and mitigate risks, to comply with the new laws as well as to demonstrate compliance.


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Global Regulations & Market Dynamics on Sustainability
Rick Horwitch, Chief of Supply Chain & Sustainability Strategy – Global Retail Lead at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, hosted our panelists as they shared their views and insights on both emerging requirements and best practices to help Brands, Retailers, and Suppliers with future-proof sustainability strategies.

Our speakers addressed U.S. regulations (e.g., more than 70 bills currently targeting various ESG aspects in the U.S. alone) and legislation from the EU perspective for supply chain due diligence and the circular economy. We also shared advice for brands and retailers to stay ahead of the competition by looking beyond tier one suppliers to understand impacts throughout the full value chain and product lifecycle.


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Navigating the Apparel Supply Chain with SKIMS & QIMA
Explore the complexities of the apparel supply chain with industry experts Kelly Lockhart and Dory Lanenter. Gain insights on digital transformation, sustainability, and regulatory compliance. Kelly also shared valuable career and leadership advice.

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Validated Performance Claims for a Changing Climate
Our climates are changing. Consumers are savvier and product reviews travel faster. Just in time, too. They’ll be relying on true performance wear to weather the intensifying climate. How can you develop the products they’ll need and messaging that resonates?

Unfounded claims have legal, brand, and safety implications. We covered what makes a validated, trustworthy claim. Then we explored some key performance and sustainability attributes for the new environment. Finally, we showed how to develop and verify the claims that consumers will gravitate towards.


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Mastering Product Quality: Key Performance Indicators
A safe, compliant product is the result of robust quality assurance and carefully planned quality control checks and balances throughout its life cycle. Join QIMA for a high-level discussion of Key Performance Indicators, including responsible sourcing, supply chain traceability, and risk analysis.

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Accelerating Textile Circularity with Digital IDs
A robust textile recycling industry will power tomorrow’s apparel market. If the fashion industry could achieve a closed-loop system, garments would be endlessly recycled and made into new garments. Textiles would no longer need to go to landfills or be incinerated. To achieve this - at scale - we need to collaborate far more within the apparel industry so that system-wide transparency is achieved. With widespread use of digital identification technology and proper investment in global recycling facilities, fashion can become truly circular.

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Value Added Production - The Case of Türkiye
Türkiye has developed into one of the few one-stop-shop, state of the art garment production centers in the world. It is already known by its European customers as being able to deliver not just the product, but also the value-added services that are to an increasing extent needed in our industry. Türkiye has invested heavily in the design capability of its garment manufacturers, enabling customers to outsource part of the design function. It has its own broad fabric and accessory base, reducing costs of raw material sourcing and enhancing speed, flexibility, and transparency. The Turkish textile industry has invested strongly in the production of more sustainable materials and particularly in its recycling capability. And the digital capability of manufacturers is a growing source of value addition for buyers. Recently, the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB) has built, together with McKinsey, a major industry digitalization project.

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Taking Advantage of CBP's Automated Commercial Environment
Visibility is fundamental to any modern supply chain strategy– and ACE data is the compilation of your U.S. Customs data in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Customs and Border Protection created the database as a centralized record system so it can track, control, and process information related to your imports and exports. In its raw form, ACE data is unstructured and difficult for companies to navigate. With structured reporting and expert analysis, however, ACE data can uncover cost savings and expose unforeseen risks.

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5 ways to Jump Start Digital Product Creation with 3D
Dive into the digital revolution with our unmissable webinar! Join AAFA, Centric Software®, and Camille Palmer from Black Ink Strategy as they navigated through fashion's future: assessing digital readiness, crafting sharp strategies, sidestepping pitfalls, harnessing a digital toolkit, and decoding AI wonders. Ready to leap forward?

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Defending Apparel Brands: Effective Protection Strategies
As more sales flow through online marketplaces, apparel and footwear brands face growing eCommerce revenues and profitability threats. Brands in this category are inherently susceptible to counterfeit goods, arbitrage, subsequent online sales disruption and an array of other challenges. These threats can disrupt sales, pricing, reputation, product quality, ROAS and more. In this webinar, Colleen Devanney of Vorys eControl and Tom McHugh, Senior Corporate Counsel ASICS America Corporation, will discuss category-specific online sales control strategies that address issues in offline and online channels, incorporating distribution control, and precision enforcement to drive real commercial KPIs for your brand.

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How Sourcing and Finance Improve Supply Chain Health
There is an increased focus on supply chains: their criticality to the success of the business, their impact to the environment, and risks associated with labor practices are top of mind. Amid new regulations and evolving consumer expectations, businesses must overcome siloed processes to improve both their supply chain performance and ESG practices. In this webinar, we'll reveal how sourcing and finance teams can leverage technology to enhance supplier agility, on-time delivery, and ESG scores.

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Tracing Paths to Sustainability through Technology
Experience the power of technological advancements reshaping the fashion industry's sustainability landscape in this webinar. Join us as we navigate the myriad of possibilities available to fashion companies to integrate environmental consciousness into their core operations. Delve into the latest developments surrounding transparency and sustainability, uncovering both the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the industry's future.

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Reducing Scope 3 GHG Emissions
Businesses anticipate increased investor and customer scrutiny resulting from new rules proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to disclosures of climate-related risks by public companies. Among these include the potential requirement for companies to report the GHG emissions of their entire value chain, also known as Scope 3 emissions. It is reasonable to be daunted by the the scale and complexity of Scope 3 emissions, and actually reducing those emissions once able to measure them.

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Innovative Chemical Mgmt & Smart Chemical Testing in Fashion
Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge about innovations and best practices in fashion industry chemical management that can help you reduce risks and demonstrate leadership. As consumer and retailer pressures and chemical and sustainability-related regulatory requirements continue to increase, the fashion industry is often under intense scrutiny. It is an industry notorious for high resource consumption, particularly extensive water usage. Every year, 43 million tons of chemicals are utilized in textile production. These chemicals are employed throughout various stages, such as fiber manufacturing, dyeing, treating, and finishing processes, often serving the purpose of imparting specific properties to textile products.

Textile mills are responsible for 20% of global industrial water pollution and employ approximately 20,000 chemicals, including many concerning substances that have potential adverse effects on human health and the environment. In this webinar, experts at Eurofins | MTS highlighted insights into effective approaches for chemical management strategies, the latest updates on global regulations related to restricted.


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Cotton Traceability Solutions for Brands & Manufacturers
Do you know where your cotton comes from? Do conduct due diligence to make sure it doesn’t come from a source that uses forced labor? Learn about the latest tools and technologies that can help you trace cotton in your supply chain.

TUV SUD and Applied DNA Sciences provided practical tools and solutions to help you "do your due diligence" for cotton compliance from source-to-shelf. How should you verify your cotton origin from fiber all the way to finished goods? Is a document trail enough, or can new testing tools like isotope testing and Cotton DNA analysis, together with traceability management systems, help address the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) and other forced labor concerns?

This webinar lays out how you can develop a due diligence plan that is comprehensive and cost-effective for the cotton in your supply chain.


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Achieving a Smart Supply Chain with End-to-End Visibility
In today's fast-paced business environment, having real-time supply chain visibility is crucial for success. Without insight into their supply chain, companies are at a significant disadvantage as they lack the ability to make data-driven decisions to quickly respond to disruptions and threats, reduce costs and inventory, and increase customer satisfaction. Visibility is a fundamental requirement for optimizing any supply chain. However, there are various levels of visibility. Simply tracking a shipment is insufficient; companies need to know what products are on it, who the customers are, and whether the products will arrive on time. Additionally, companies must consider the shipment's cost and carbon footprint to make informed decision.

This webinar to explored the importance of having a best-in-class supply chain to achieve a smart, resilient, and agile supply chain.


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Mar. 14, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Building a Care Economy for Women at Industrial Parks

Children's Place, Plan International, and USAID highlight a care-driven model to empower women in industrial parks while boosting ESG goals.

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TOPICS: Supply Chain

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Webinar: Microfibers in the Fashion Industry

Navigating microplastic pollution in the apparel industry. Learn about research, regulations, and innovative solutions.

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Webinar: The EU Forced Labor Ban

What companies can expect and how to prepare for the EU Forced Labor Ban.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

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Apr. 11, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Enhancing Xinjiang Forced Labor Risk Assessments

Discover how you and your organization can more efficiently and effectively detect Xinjiang forced labor risk in your global supply chains.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

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LOCATION: Online

4/11/2024 2:00:00 PM