Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF 2030 Industries Blueprint Project.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 07:36English
Supporting modernisation in the EU TCLF (textile, clothing, leather and footwear) VET systems to enable economic growth, promote the industry to new entrants and support industry innovation. TOWARDS A NETWORK OF EUROPEAN TCLF VET PROVIDERS PROMOTING EXCELLENCE “Collaboration between VET providers, research centres, social partners, and local and national authorities is critical for economic growth.”, C. Arias (CEC) On the occasion of the EU Vocational Education and Training (VET) Skills Week, the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint project consortium welcomed over 100 EU TCLF VET providers and other public and private stakeholders to a webinar presenting the opportunities and next steps to build up a European TCLF VET Network promoting excellence. In addition, the audience learned about the results of a survey to over 100 VET providers and the outcomes of 7 national VET workshops with over 200 participants from 13 countries, which explored how Europe’s VET providers currently collaborate, where they need more support, how they deliver learning, and how Covid-19 has impacted their entities.

INTERREG EUROPE “SUCCESS ROAD”: SOCIAL PARTNERS AS KEY ACTORS IN ASSISTING THE TRANSFER PROCESS OF EU FAMILY BUSINESS

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 21:22English
Last week, Interreg Europe Success Road project consortium met virtually with Spanish public and private stakeholders to debate on the role of social partners in facilitating the transfer process of EU family businesses. During this online workshop, legal and fiscal experts shared their expertise in an attempt to guide policy makers at regional and national level in Europe. Timing: an essential success factor in business transfer The experts agreed that many companies would have survived if their succession was planned well in advance. Transferring a business, a family legacy, was a challenging step, and families often postponed this moment until it was too late. Planning early, involving the next generation in the company workflow, establishing a governance structure and working with specialists on legal and fiscal issues could make a difference, avoid conflicts and ensure a successful transfer. The current pandemic has shown the need for accelerating succession related decisions. Families, that usually take their time in making decisions impacting their businesses, are now urged to act quickly on drafting their future path and be more agile. Social partners play an important role in motivating and guiding family businesses during their transfer process and in mediating their conflicts. “Working on family business conflicts, providing legal and fiscal advice and drafting policy instruments to facilitate business succession are some of the main activities covered by AVECAL”, explained a representative from the Valencian Association of Footwear Entrepreneurs, project partner and workshop organiser.

LIFE GreenShoes4All project: a European journey towards reducing the environmental impact of footwear products

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 14:11English
Two years after the launch of the LIFE GreenShoes4All project co-funded by the European Commission “Footwear environmental footprint category rules implementation and innovative green shoes eco-design and recycling”, the consortium is pleased to share its achievements and to outline their work towards a circular economy, targeting “Zero Waste to Landfill”.

THE WINTER EDITION OF EXPO RIVA SCHUH & GARDABAGS LABELLED ‘2021’ RETURNS TO ITS ORIGINAL DATES

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 21:48English
The most important international trade fair for the volume footwear sector and the showroom for bags, leather goods and accessories will take place in January 2021, moving back to its traditional dates. This unprecedented moment in history that the world is currently going through, and the desire to adapt to the situation with the utmost flexibility and spirit of innovation, have forced Riva del Garda Fierecongressi to shift the 94th edition of and the 5th edition of Gardabags to Saturday 16th to Tuesday 19th January 2021 in the Riva del Garda Exhibition Centre.

SECOND EDITION OF THE EUROPEAN “#INMYSHOES TALENT SHOE” CONTEST: FINAL AWARDS CEREMONY SHOWS THAT TALENT KNOWS NO BOUNDS

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 18:03English
In early 2020, over 70 Footwear students from across Europe and their teachers signed up for a challenge: participate in the second edition of the #InMyShoes Talent Shoe contest – organised in the framework of an EU Social Dialogue project promoted by Assocalzaturifici, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) and IndustriAll Europe Trade Union – with the hopes of seeing their work make it to the finals and win the competition. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the contestants have come up with innovative and thoughtful ideas that materialised in well-executed projects that perfectly reflect current market trends. On the 23rd of September, the Jury selected five winning teams during a final awards ceremony organized via duplex transmission from MICAM Milano. This year’s contest may be over, but the contestants’ brilliant ideas will carry through as a testament to the talent of this up and coming generation, hopefully inspiring many others to follow in their footsteps and join the footwear sector.

FASHION TRADE FAIRS ARE BACK #STRONGERTOGETHER Five days of a virtuous alliance between new ideas, business and digital initiatives

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 14:11English
Over 16,000 buyers chose to believe in the relaunch of one of ‘Made in Italy’s’ most strategic sectors. With their presence they rewarded the courage of all the exhibiting companies that chose to participate in MICAM Milano - the international footwear trade fair; MIPEL - the international event dedicated to leather goods and accessories; TheOneMilano Special featured by MICAM - the women's haut-à-porter show; A New Point Of View - the special format by LINEAPELLE, that showcased the most exclusive semi-finished leather products; and HOMI Fashion&Jewels Exhibition - the event dedicated to jewellery and wearable fashion accessories. DaTE - the salon dedicated to avant-garde eyewear, held at the ‘Leopolda’ exhibition space in Florence and closely connected to the Milan exhibitions through their common desire to work in symbiosis - also sent positive signals, with the attendance of 1,000 buyers, both Italian and foreign.

Review of “s’elections moscow 2020” Brave ‘back to business’ for the Russian Fashion market: “s’elections moscow 2020” gave the Russian order season Spring/Summer 2021 the place to meet

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 13:52English
CPM - Collection Première Moscow was like other order fairs in the prominent ‘club’ not to take place: The Expocentre was used as back up hospital. The makers of CPM decided immediately to offer the new sub-brand “s’elections”, which was planned to be used as special event between CPMs, as concentrated alternative in a different location. Main Stage – the Moscow concert place – offered 180 brands the perfect home from 16 countries as the only live order fair of this autumn in Russia.

“2020 RETAIL UPDATE, NEW FORMATS & SPACES”: THE SECOND #PLAYFASHION LIVE TALK SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON 29TH SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 20:53English
Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags return to analyse the most pressing and current issues for the footwear and accessories sectors, with a focus on the world of retail and changes in purchasing habits. And this will be the theme of“2020 retail update, new formats & spaces,” the second in the#PLAYfashion series of live talks,the in-depth space that supports and strengthens the exhibition organised by Rivadel Garda Fierecongressi.

the MICAM - The Italian Footwear Industry - First Half 2020

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 22:42English
The health emergency has had major repercussions on the performance of the footwear sector in the first half of the year, with a fall in national production and company turnover in the region of -35%. In terms of consumption, household spending is down 30%, despite the big increase in online purchases (+42%) resulting from shops closing as part of restrictive measures. The post lockdown restart is proving to be extremely slow: sales in Italy are still down (-29% in quantity in May and -7% in June), whereas exports were down -27% in volume for May and June after the collapse (-50%) in the previous two months. The first six months of the year closed with across-the-board reductions for foreign sales: -22% in quantity for EU markets and -33.4% in non-EU markets, with a sharp reduction in the balance of payments surplus (-34%). The number of companies continues to fall (-77 since the start of the year) along with the workforce (-520), and concern remains high over employment figures in the coming months. Recourse to wages support soared in the leather area: +878% for the period January-June.

SPEECH AT THE HDS/L PRESS CONFERENCE ON AUGUST 31st, 2020 IN DÜSSELDORF

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 13:40English
Manfred Junkert Managing Director Federal Association of the German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry • The corona pandemic causes a 21 percent sales collapse in the first half of 2020 • Imports and exports decline • HDS/L calls for no additional burdens to facilitate economic recovery Sales and employment trend The corona pandemic ended the upward trend that the German footwear industry had experienced in recent years. The worldwide closing of the stationary sale outlets of the specialized retail trade caused sales of the industry to collapse in the first half of 2020. Sales of German manufacturers employing at least 50 workers fell from 1.62 to 1.28 billion euros in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period last year. This is equivalent to a sales drop of roughly one-fifth (-21.0 percent to be more precise). Domestic sales of almost one billion euros were 22.5 percent lower than those recorded in the first half of 2019. International sales fell from 269 to 232 million euros in the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019.

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