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COVID-19: Links to Industry Resources (Updated May 6)

As the footwear industry grapples with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 virus, we know you have questions about what the developments mean for your business, your employees and yourself. We’ve compiled a list of the industry resources to turn to for information and assistance, and we’ll continue to update this list as more information becomes available. [New updates are up top]:

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America has debuted a members-only tracker that lists reopening plans at the state, county and city levels for the U.S. and Canada. Access the Intelligence Center here: https://fdra.org/intel-center/

The Snowsports Industries Association is hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, May 7 at 11:00am MT on “The US-China Trade War: Everything You Need to Know.” Joseph Brubaker, a lawyer at Kirton McConkie specializing in trade, tariffs and international business, will provide an update on the tariff picture and will be answering questions. Register for the event here and submit questions in advance to marketing@snowsports.org.


The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America has debuted a professional development site designed for footwear industry members.  The online learning hub features videos, podcasts and articles covering industry news as well as topics such as stimulus updates, sourcing, development, sustainability and customs. Visit the site here: https://fdra.org/events-and-training/digital-professional-development/


Emerald Expositions, parent company of trade shows including Outdoor Retailer, has launched a webinar series aimed at independents called “Stand Up 4 Retail.” The weekly series covers topics including “5 Things Retailers Can Do Now To Help Protect Their Businesses Later” and “5 Virtual Strategies Brick & Mortar Stores Can Easily Implement NOW Despite Doors Being Closed.” Retailers can register for upcoming sessions and watch replays of past webinars here: https://www.asdonline.com/blog/retail-news/standup-4-retail-webinar-series


The FDRA and Material Exchange are kicking off a series of webinars to replace the F.L.O.W. (Footwear Industry Learning Optimal Digital Workflow) conference originally scheduled for next month in Portland, OR. See more information and register here: https://www.footweardigitaltransformation.com/

The tennis industry, including the USTA and the TIA, have put together a website with links to COVID-19 resources that address the most pressing needs and the top concerns of the tennis industry: https://www.usta.com/en/home/organize/program-resources/national/tennis-industry-united.html

Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doc, has laid out thoughts for retailers planning for relaunch after the shutdown ends: https://www.retaildoc.com/blog/how-will-you-embrace-the-great-coronavirus-retail-reset


The Outdoor Industry Association has compiled a resource page with the latest data and resources for the outdoor industry, including recordings of past webinars: https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/coronavirus-resources-outdoor-industry

Verde Brand Communications has put together a Covid-19 Resource Guide with helpful tips for handling the crisis from a brand and marketing standpoint. Check it out here: https://www.verdepr.com/blog/category/Covid-19


The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America’s YouTube channel features flash briefings regarding COVID-19 with FDRA president and CEO Matt Priest and SVP Andy Polk. Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCneONMygTE4iosvd0Uq5FlQ

National Retail Federation’s Coronavirus Resources for Retailers provides updates from NRF and government agencies with the latest COVID-19 developments: https://nrf.com/resources/retail-safety-and-security-tools/coronavirus-resources-retailers

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resource to provide information for small business owners, including how to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Two Ten has gathered information on applying for crisis relief financial assistance, counseling and referral services for footwear industry employees here: https://twoten.org/get-help/covid-19-assistance/

The Running Industry Association (RIA) has created the RIA COVID-19 Resource Guide that contains relevant information to help running shop owners (members and nonmembers) keep their business afloat and sanity intact during the current novel coronavirus pandemic: https://runningindustry.org/resources.

The Outdoor Industry Association has put together a resource page with the latest data and resources for the outdoor industry: https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/coronavirus-resources-outdoor-industry

Snowsports Industries America’s COVID-19 industry hub is an online resource for retailers and vendors to become better educated about the evolving coronavirus issue on the industry, and a content source of best practices and learnings to minimize its impact on business: https://snowsports.org/covidhub/

The Board Retailers Association’s COVID-19 Retailer Resource Guide includes information on business strategies, loans and more: https://www.boardretailers.org/bra-covid-19-retailer-resource-guide-strategies-webinars-loans-and-more/