Last Tuesday, the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) joined forces in Washington, DC, to lobby on behalf of sales tax fairness for independent shoe retailers.
The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA), the United States’ largest footwear trade association, has released a comprehensive Footwear Production Code of Conduct in an effort to establish a common baseline that will drive uniformity within the footwear industry and help clearly communicate and uphold the social norms and values commonly held by FDRA members. From working hours and overtime to structural safety and transparency, the code is a guide that ensures any factory that adheres to its standards is compliant with industry expectations.
Wolverine Worldwide and its Merrell brand have been honored with two key awards from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of American (FDRA). The company received the Advocate of the Year award, while Merrell was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Brand Focus award, a new award given to the brand deemed “most-loved” by scoring the highest brand loyalty among footwear consumers in the United States.
More than 100 shoe companies will be dedicating their time and resources at 83 food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, environmental groups, youth programs, senior centers, schools and hospitals in 22 states during April as part of Two Ten’s National Footwear Cares Month. Sponsored by Amazon Fashion, the charitable foundation and co-chairs Jeanne Markel (Zappos/Downtown Project) and Scott Briggs (Keds) are hoping to replicate the success of last year’s outing–and then some. A whopping 6,500 footwear volunteers have signed up to lend a helping, um, foot, compared with 3,000 in 2013.
Earlier this month the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) announced the establishment of a strategic partnership designed to enhance the voice of independent footwear retailers in Washington. As part of the partnership, FDRA will become the main advocacy arm for NSRA members and the more than 8,000 independent footwear retailers nationwide.