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US workers critical in global apparel supply chains
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Mar '13
Today’s global value chains used by U.S. apparel companies offer job creation opportunities in the United States, according to Analyzing the Value Chain for Apparel Designed in the United States and Manufactured Overseas, a new report published today by Moongate Associates, Inc. 

The study, which examines where and how American workers contribute to the value of apparel products manufactured globally, found that U.S. workers account for more than two-thirds of the retail value of apparel products sold in the U.S. market even though the actual production of those products occurs outside the United States.

“American consumers and policymakers tend to look at clothes and finished products and put them into one of two categories, either imported or Made in America,” said Moongate Associates Managing Partner Susan Hester, Ph.D., the report’s lead author.  “This approach is outdated and inaccurate.  The study we published indicates U.S. workers are extremely valuable in delivering affordable clothes to American families.”

Key Findings Unveiled in the Report

Today’s global value chains (GVCs) utilized by U.S. apparel brands, manufacturers, and retailers include a full range of activities that firms and workers do to bring a product from its conception to the final consumer.

This study found that the U.S. value-added as a percentage of the final retail price for a variety of product categories – from shirts to pants in a variety of price points– averaged 70.3 percent, meaning 70.3 percent of the retail value of a garment is directly related to business activities executed by U.S. workers.

U.S. value-added stems chiefly from U.S. workers – both blue collar and white collar – in product design, research and development, transportation, logistics, distribution, product safety compliance, customs compliance, quality assurance, social compliance, environmental monitoring, labor compliance, legal support, marketing, merchandising, and sales.

An analysis of publically available data for the respondent companies revealed single digit profit margins for all companies and a group average of four percent in 2011.U.S.-based activities related to selling products supported 2.6 million U.S. workers in 2011 and total U.S. apparel employment from the beginning of the value chain through sales to the consumer total 2.9 million U.S. workers during the same year. General .The positive ratio of U.S.-value-added to foreign value-added translates directly into U.S. jobs.  These jobs are primarily medium- to high-skilled positions, and many are professional and managerial.

Removing tariffs under trade agreements would lower prices to consumers, increase demand, and create jobs and profits all along the apparel global value chain, especially in the United States. Efforts to support these global strategies by American apparel companies will contribute to their success and growth, and these will in turn lead to a more competitive marketplace that will benefit hardworking American families and create new high-quality jobs for American workers throughout the global value chain.


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