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The Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association (Assocalzaturifici) said it remains operational and is offering help and support to members who are encountering commercial difficulties, including juridical assistance.
Assocalzaturifici said all its staff are operating in a "smart working" regime, minimising social contacts and with data located on an online server. In response to an increasing number of requests for help from its members, for the management and resolution of commercial problems that have resulted from the expansion of the Covid-19, the association is offering the services of its law firm to its members at no cost to the companies. For instance, members that have received order cancellations or payment refusals can send requests for assistance. Siro Badon, President, Assocalzaturifici, said they are working closely with industrial relations representatives and that a summary of the tools put in place by the government and local authorities to help the companies deal with the emergency situation, particularly to help clarify the rules of layoffs, will be made available shortly.
The Italian fashion sector has recently addressed a letter to the owners of commercial spaces to ask for a temporary suspension of fees. Sent by Claudio Marenzi, President, Confindustria Moda, the letter is co-signed by over 50 companies, including Valentino, Ferragamo, Fratelli Rossetti, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli. "It is well known that the dramatic situation we are experiencing due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus is affecting and will affect all the supply chain in the coming months", reads the letter. “For the protection of the entire sector, as well as in application of the principle of good contractual faith, we ask for the collaboration and understanding of all the landlords in accepting our request to suspend the payment of the fees until the reopening of the shops, and to show willingness to renegotiate the economic conditions of the lease and rental contracts until normal commercial, tourist and residential flows have fully recovered.”
Representing about 66,000 ‘Made in Italy’ companies, which together generate a turnover of €95.5 billion and employ over 580,000 people, Confindustria Modas’ members also include Assocalzaturifici and the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC).
Source: Corriere Della Sera