Helping footwear import specialists, compliance managers, and customs directors understand and address existing and new industry challenges will be the focus of an upcoming conference in the US later this year.

The Footwear Traffic and Distribution Conference (FTDC), organised by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), claims to be the largest footwear conference of its kind in the US, bringing together nearly 200 footwear customs, import, compliance and supply chain specialists, directors and managers.

This year, the event will host panel discussions and keynotes by some of footwear's top compliance and supply chain executives. Topics include innovations impacting the industry; navigating current and new challenges at the nation's ports; managing the footwear supply chain in an age of constant change; securing cargo from various threats; and a look at chemical compliance.

Companies attending include Wal-Mart, Wolverine Worldwide, sportswear giant Nike, Sears Holding Co, Belk, Rack Room Shoes and department store retailer JC Penney.

The event will take place from 25-28th October at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in California.