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HTS Classification App Launched for Footwear Companies


ecVision Teams with Footwear Distributers and Retailers of America to Ease Classification Burden

ISELIN, NJ, October 20, 2013 – ecVision®, the leader in supply chain collaboration solutions for retailers and brands, has released ecVision Classify®, an iOS mobile app for FDRA members to electronically submit footwear images and corresponding product attributes in question and answer to designated staff members at FDRA for evaluation and provision of professional opinion on Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code classification.

“When I was approached by FDRA to help with the HTS classification project, I was thrilled at the prospect of using ecVision’s technology in a new, collaborative manner,” said Gary Barraco, senior director of product marketing. “What we are now introducing to the member community is an interactive, user-friendly, always up-to-date, and easy to maintain system that will be a solution to many communication issues.”

This portal allows members/users to upload footwear sample images and product material attributes using a mobile (iOS) application specifically developed for FDRA. The information is then relayed to FDRA’s customs experts who log into ecVision Content Collaboration Portal® (CCP), view the information/images uploaded, and then provide the member/user with a suggested HTS classification code. System and external email alerts will trigger FDRA staff users to take action on any open requests, and notify user members of completed classification submissions. The application will maintain a database of product records that will serve as a historical reference.

“Our goal is to deliver a technology platform that will allow our customs experts to respond to members requesting assistance with HTS classification. Furthermore, we can engage in discussions around the images and attributes to determine the most accurate decision. We are excited to offer this service to the industry and look forward to helping our members better navigate America’s challenging customs regulations,” said Matt Priest, president of FDRA.

Access is available for $49.99/year for any footwear manufacturer, brand or retailer. For information about the mobile app, contact ecVision at us-marketing@ecvision.com or FDRA at info@fdra.org.

About ecVision

ecVision offers a cloud-based supply chain collaboration platform that optimizes product lifecycle and supply chain processes. The enterprise platform, ecVision SuiteTM, reflects the standardized business processes from design to delivery, creating a single collaborative solution for private label brands, retailers and their trading partners. With increased visibility and workflow, users can improve their reaction time to demand changes, shorten product lifecycles, lower product and materials costs, and improve sourcing and logistic efficiencies. Tailored specifically for smaller brands, manufacturer and importers, ecVision ComplyTM is a risk management/data management platform that revolutionizes supplier and product safety compliance. Learn more at www.ecvision.com.

About FDRA

Founded in 1944, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) is the largest and most effective footwear trade association in the U.S. It represents the full breadth of the footwear industry, supporting more than 100 companies and over 200 brands, from research, design and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to retailers selling to consumers all over the globe. www.fdra.org

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