Past Events

This is the must attend event for footwear sourcing and supply chain execs, directors and professionals. Nearly 130 of the industry’s top leaders attend this event to hear new strategies, insights, best practices and solutions to challenges around factory workforce and quality, sourcing shifts, tariffs, supply chain transparency and more!


  • Refining development and sourcing strategies after the coronavirus
  • A review of current sourcing challenges and opportunities in China, Vietnam, and other Asian countries
  • An assessment of manufacturing in North America after NAFTA 2.0
  • A discussion on factory sustainability
  • A discussion on current supply chain challenges and transparency
  • Sourcing and supply chain technologies and innovations helping reduce headaches
  • Announcing FDRA’s Shoe Waste Program in factories that brands can adopt
  • Material innovation, sourcing, and supply chain issues

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) invites you to our annual Washington Trade Symposium taking place from July 14 to July 16, 2020. It’s the same great event but we are moving online!

Sessions will take place at 1:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET each day.

The USFIA Washington Trade Symposium will feature three days of briefings by policymakers and analysis from industry experts.

Topics that will be discussed this year include:

  • The Trump Administration’s trade policy agenda, including the latest updates on China tariffs, Hong Kong trade status and new Free Trade Agreement negotiations, featuring key Administration officials and our Washington insiders
  • An update on Customs activities, including the U.S. Customs & Border Protection priorities
  • The results from the seventh-annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study will be presented by Dr. Sheng Lu of the University of Delaware

More details and the full agenda will be released soon!

Click here to register for the Symposium now.

Experience the future of footwear and bag design, and take your 3D design & collaboration to the next dimension.

4D ShoeTech serves as your go-to 3D Digital Material Scanning service provider and also as a key partner in offering 3D Virtual Sampling and 3D printing solutions.

4D ShoeTech is a key partner of Material Exchange, we work together to provide material suppliers with the capabilities to create detailed scans of their material samples and an industry leading platform to securely share these with multiple brands.

Download your invitation: Click here

Find out more about 4D ShoeTech: Click here


Each day your designers, product developers and material teams make critical business decisions such as: Which type of material should I use? Which supplier should I use? Which material will be high quality, yet cost-effective?

The information needed to make these decisions is trapped in physical material books, which are often out of date and contain inadequate information. Searching through dozens of physical books to find the appropriate materials is a time consuming process that leads to inflated development costs and longer cycle times.

Join this must-attend webinar to learn how to transform your material selection process by leveraging a centralized digital material library containing thousands of materials with up-to-the-minute data, providing ‘one source of truth’ for material sourcing and development.

By attending this webinar you will discover:

– How Material Exchange can weave into your existing FlexPLM solution, 3D and digital product creation strategy to increase speed and innovation.
– An insight into the key features, benefits and value of leveraging Material Exchange, as told by a current brand customer.
– An exclusive offer only available to attending brands.

To register, click here.

Join from anywhere in the world via the FDRA website to get access to all show content. Register now and you will receive login information prior to the event so that you can return to this site each day of the series to login and access timely content and data. Each day of Shoe Sustainability Summit week, we will post new video interviews with leaders and experts on hot topics and sharing best practices.

As part of the Shoe Sustainability Week, Material Exchange will host an exclusive Sustainable Material Showcase to enable footwear brands, designers, and product development teams to view some of the top sustainable materials and find sustainable inspirations for new products.

Browse sustainable materials from some of the largest suppliers in the world and pull together ideas for virtual product creation. The materials within the showcase are available to be downloaded and used within existing digital and 3D design software.

To register for the Sustainable Material Showcase; Click here