RILA exec says imports work
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) highlighted what it called “the essential role that imports play in the American economy” as part of the World Trade Month in May and the recent “Imports Work” week.
RILA said global value chains and increasing flexibility can improve the ability of American companies to compete in the global economy, while benefiting workers and consumers in the domestic market.
“Retailers are well aware of the critical role imports play in the American economy,” said Stephanie Lester, VP international trade at RILA. “For the sake of American economic competitiveness, U.S. trade policy should also acknowledge the value of imports and work with the global economy instead of against it.”
Lester added: “Imports create American jobs, and trade policy should be updated to support these imports and the millions of American workers who help to create them and bring them to market.”
The 2014 Made-in-the-USA Report
Three little words can have huge emotional power. Case in point: “Made in America.”
When one objectively surveys the Made-in-USA landscape, one sees American manufacturers eager to promote their products as “Made in USA” for the clear emotional pull of those words. On the other end, one sees American consumers predisposed to support the idea of Made in America, because, after all, it’s their country.
But in the middle, where the rubber meets the road, is the retailer. Hence, HCN commissioned Tampa, Fla.- based Market Research Solutions to study how store managers — the very people with a front row seat of actual shopper behavior — measure the power of Made in USA.