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In The News: FDRA, Brooks, FitFlop


In a letter sent yesterday, the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) urged the Biden administration to eliminate tariffs on shoes until the Fall. The FDRA says it is making the request “to directly reduce the rising prices that are impacting working class families.” The letter can be found here. FDRA President & CEO Matt Priest stated, "Our companies continue to pay higher input and supply chain costs, which are passed along to consumers. The War in Ukraine may add even higher costs. The time is now to think and act boldly to help families and our economy."

Added Priest, "We are asking President Biden to freeze all tariffs on shoes until the Fall to help alleviate record prices. Other policy options like stimulus spending may actually increase inflation, while proposals like price controls could cause greater long term harm. Tariff relief, however, would provide immediate and tangible benefits for hardworking American families during this difficult time."

Brooks Running announced that Dan Sheridan will assume a new President, Chief Operating Officer role, partnering with CEO Jim Weber to lead the brand following a record-breaking 2021 when Brooks exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue. Sheridan will continue to play an integral role in guiding the business’ supply chain and operations, along with IT and digital products functions. Additionally, as President he will now oversee finance, strategic planning, legal, and risk management for the brand.

Additionally, Matt Dodge has been promoted to VP, Managing Director Brooks International, adding responsibility for the brand’s APLA and China businesses to his ongoing leadership of the EMEA region, which has experienced record growth in recent years.

Wellness footwear brand FitFlop, which makes ergonomic sandals, shoes and boots, has hired Sal Usmani as Chief Technology Officer. He joins the business tasked with ensuring Innovation, Data and Technology will be a company focus.  Usmani’s background in technology includes 20+ years of experience managing multi-channel business applications, including in his most recent role at Belstaff, where he spearheaded numerous omnichannel projects designed to enhance the customer experience.