Open-Industry Programs

Open-industry webinar 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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Stay Compliant: Get a Bird’s Eye View to Global Fashion Laws
Explore legislative developments that impact the global fashion industry - in Europe and all over the world. In this complex ecosystem, finding the right data can feel overwhelming. How can you make sure your compliance strategy keeps your brand safe worldwide?

This informative webinar explored the legislative developments shaping the global fashion industry. Stay ahead of the curve by exploring upcoming regulations such as the Digital Product Passport, EUDR, anti-Green Claims, and anti-slavery acts around the world.

Data lies at the heart of compliance, serving as the foundation for meeting regulatory requirements. Are you prepared to harness its power?


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The Role of Responsible Sourcing in the Apparel Industry
BSI Sustainable Supply Chain experts discussed how to account for the role of sustainable materials and responsible sourcing to achieve sustainability goals in the apparel industry. In this webinar, attendees learned how to manage emerging regulations, conduct supply chain traceability, plan emissions reductions, and understand climate impact on their operations.

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Enabling Agility in the Age of Ongoing Disruption
In today's fast-paced and unpredictable environment, supply chain visibility is no longer a luxury—it's a necessity for survival and success. Over the past year, the global supply chain landscape has been reshaped by a series of unprecedented events—from low water levels in the Panama Canal to geopolitical tensions affecting maritime routes and the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

These disruptions underscore the urgent requirement for adaptability in addressing global supply chain complexities. Yet, agility extends beyond reactive measures. It requires forward-thinking approaches that guarantee adaptability across the entire supply chain—from upstream processes in supplier factories to downstream customer deliveries. Achieving this level of comprehensive visibility and flexibility demands robust technological solutions.


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Succeeding with Supply Chain Due Diligence
Managing risk and proving due diligence across supply chains can be a significant challenge, given the growing number and complexity of federal and state level regulations, as well as country-specific and EU-wide laws in Europe.

During this session, attendees learned the latest on due diligence regulations and management from two policy experts: Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, Chair of the Policy Hub, co-founder of 2B Policy, and senior advisor to BCG as well as Pauline God, Senior Policy & Program Manager at TrusTrace. They also heard directly from the brand side - Tahagod Mohamed, Traceability Analyst at Brooks Running - about how to practically implement traceability to identify and mitigate risks.


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Red Points hosts Meta: Protect Your Brand on Social Media
In this webinar, we dove into the current trends in counterfeit products and effective ways of protecting your brand on social media. Attendees learned new evasion techniques that are shaking up the traditional detection methods and find innovative strategies to keep your brand safe. With insights from Meta and Red Points, this session was a must-attend for brands dealing with digital brand harm.

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Enhancing Xinjiang Forced Labor Risk Assessments
During this session, Senior Solutions Analyst Colby Potter demonstrated how to uncover both obvious and non-obvious forced labor risks — from a supplier’s physical location in Xinjiang to forced labor exposure through its sub-tier suppliers.

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The EU Forced Labor Ban
On March 13, 2024, the European Union Council approved the final text of the EU Forced Labor Regulation. The Regulation bans products made with forced labor from entering, being distributed on, or being exported from the EU market and will go into force for companies in 2027/2028. This webinar highlighted what companies can expect, how it compares with U.S. legislation, how it will interact with the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, and how companies can prepare.

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Microfibers in the Fashion Industry
This webinar, hosted by Eurofins | MTS, focused on one of the pressing environmental issues in the apparel industry today: microplastic pollution. This informative session offered an overview of the latest research and regulatory requirements, shed light on the hidden impact of microplastics, and explored innovative strategies to mitigate this growing concern.

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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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Upcoming Webinars

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June 20, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Optimizing Apparel Supply Chains with AI: A Practical Guide

Explore the transformative potential of AI in enhancing supply chain operations within the apparel and footwear industries.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

6/20/2024 2:00:00 PM

June 27, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Catalyst for Change | Supply Chain Reset

Insights to evolving US industry challenges and explore necessary changes for brand & retailer success.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

6/27/2024 2:00:00 PM

July 11, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Prepare Now: Packaging and Textile EPR in the US

Prepare for upcoming US Extended Producer Responsibility deadlines for packaging data reporting, as well as potential requirements for textiles.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

7/11/2024 2:00:00 PM

Aug. 1, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Passing the Smell Test: Science-Based Odor Management

Optimize performance and build brand loyalty with science-based methods for odor management, detergent effectiveness and sustainability.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

8/1/2024 2:00:00 PM

Aug. 15, 2024 02:00 PM

Webinar: Integrating Local ESG Risks Into Global Supply Chain Mgmt.

Insights and lessons from the global A&F industry: How to address dynamic local ESG risks consistently and efficiently.

TOPICS: Supply Chain

TYPE: Webinar

LOCATION: Online

8/15/2024 2:00:00 PM