Other Sites of Interest
American Luggage Dealers Association (ALDA) http://www.luggagedealers.com
The American Luggage Dealers Association (ALDA) is a cooperative of over 130 luggage, travel goods and leather goods retail stores. It is dedicated to helping its members provide the finest service and products to the public.
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) http://www.apparelandfootwear.org
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.
Applied Merchant http://www.appliedmerchant.com
Since opening its doors in 1996, Applied Merchant has been committed to bringing the power of payment technology to merchants across the country with innovative and easy-to-use products that are supported by unmatched customer service.
British Travelgoods and Accessories Association (BTAA) http://www.btaa.org.uk
The BTAA is the voice of the accessories, travelgoods, luggage and leathergoods industry in the UK. It has provided strong leadership for the industry for many years and today, perhaps more than ever before, is involved in taking those decisions which will shape the industry's future.
Fashion Accessories Shippers Association, Inc. http://www.accessoryweb.com
FASA was formed in 1986 by the National Fashion Accessories Association, Inc. (NFAA). FASA is a full-service non-profit trade association. Formerly known as the National Handbag Association, the NFAA was the principal trade association for the handbag and fashion accessories industry since the early 1900s. Now known as FASA and headed by a team of experts, the Association, continuing its trade association tradition, disseminates pertinent information to the fashion accessory industry including manufacturers, importers and shippers. The Association seeks to promote and maintain high standards of ethics, business practices and labor standards in the industry and throughout the international trade community, and to advance, promote and protect the best interests of the industry and those served by the Fashion Accessories Shippers' Association, including businesses in the handbag, belt, small leather goods, glove, umbrella and luggage accessory businesses.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) http://www.ftc.gov
The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.
Luggage, Leathergoods, Handbags and Accessories Association of Canada (LLHA) http://www.llha.ca
The mission of the Luggage, Leathergoods, Handbags and Accessories Association of Canada (LLHA) is to foster the interchange of ideas and assist/facilitate/coordinate the efforts of all manufacturers, distributors/ importers/ wholesalers/ agents and retailers to promote the growth of the industry in Canada.
National Association of College Stores (NACS) http://www.nacs.org
The National Association of College Stores Inc. (NACS) is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing industry. NACS' 3,100 member stores serve America's college students while supporting the academic missions of higher education institutions everywhere.
National Luggage Dealers Association (NLDA) http://www.nlda.com
The National Luggage Dealers Association, established in 1925, consists of over 175 specialty luggage, leather and travel goods retailers across the United States. Member stores are known for providing high quality merchandise and professional customer service with extra attention to individual needs.
National Retail Federation (NRF) http://www.nrf.com
The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry's key trading partners of retail goods and services. NRF represents an industry with more than 1.6 million U.S. retail establishments, more than 24 million employees - about one in five American workers - and 2008 sales of $4.6 trillion. As the industry umbrella group, NRF also represents more than 100 state, national and international retail associations.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) http://www.outdoorindustry.org
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits.