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Whitney Pipkin

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AAFA president and CEO Rick Helfenbein hopes for a tamer US trade policy as the Trump administration approaches re-election yearChina and changing consumer top of mind for US apparel execs 22 March 2019

Taking the theme ‘Demand and Deliver,’ this year’s annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Executive Summit mulled American trade policy, along with finding creative ways to thrive amid an ever-changing retail landscape.


Steve Lamar, executive vice president, American Apparel & Footwear Association; Susan Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers; Pete Santora, chief commercial officer, SoftWear Automation; Juan Zighelboim, president, TexOpsInnovation sharpens US clothing sector's competitive edge 2 May 2018

Innovation and new technologies are helping pave the way for the US apparel industry to become faster and smarter – and sharpen its competitive edge in commercially uncertain times – according to speakers at the annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Sourcing Conference in Washington DC last week.


John Lund, senior vice president, supply chain & operations, Chico's FASBrands should rethink supply chains in a time of volatility 1 May 2018

The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – loomed large over the latest annual Sourcing Conference organised by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in Washington DC. But speakers also talked about the need for brands to forge intimate relationships with suppliers as the industry moves towards a future in which trading relationship lines are more blurred and customers expect products to be delivered more quickly and intuitively.


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