19 May 4 Hottest Topics at the FDRA Innovation Summit
The Footwear Retailers and Distributors of America gathered movers and shakers in the industry on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for the annual FDRA Innovation Summit. With so many major topics facing the industry — such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the increasing see-now, buy-now consumer — there were plenty of key issues to debate and discuss.
TPP Under Pressure
The topic at the top of the FDRA agenda Tuesday was the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With a delegation of shoe executives headed to Capitol Hill today to lobby in favor of the trade deal, the morning was dedicated to scenarios that the deal could make it through Congress. As more eyes turn to the lame-duck session after the election to get the deal pushed through, the message from Rep. Dave Reichert and Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews was to stay focused on the necessity and urgency of the agreement’s passage. “We need you to share the facts about TPP — not just in Congress but in your communities,” said Andrews. “After all, the best arguments for trade agreements like TPP come from the American businesses and workers that will benefit from it each and every day.”
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