WFSGI partners with ISPO to provide global labelling requirements database

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has teamed up with ISPO in a bid to enable a greater number of businesses to benefit from its shared global labelling database.

The WFSGI Compliant Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database was launched in Autumn, and has so far involved the likes of: Asics, BMC Switzerland, Canyon Bicycles, Nike, Under Armour and New Balance Athletics.

The collaboration has led to the US-based Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) to offer the service to its members.

The system gives companies up-to-date information on global labelling requirements in ‘just three clicks’, helping them to avoid lost selling time and potential costly re-work, stop ships, product recalls, and ultimately revenue and brand damage.

Through this resource, companies have direct access to labelling requirements for both products (apparel and textile, footwear, wearable electronics, personal protective equipment, sporting equipment and bikes, including e-bikes) and packaging, covering 49 countries across the globe.

Robbert De Kock, President and CEO of the WFSGI, said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with ISPO and to make our best-in-class labelling solution available to as many users as possible. With this new partnership, we can help more companies deal with the ever-changing and challenging product labelling requirements.

“Why go it alone when we can save time and money together? We invite all interested brands, across all sectors, to contact us to get access to this unique tool and take advantage of economies of scale.”

Klaud Dittrich, Chariman and CEO of Messe Munchen and responsible for the ISPO Group, said: “As a long-term partner of the WFSGI we are very pleased to strengthen our relationships with this co-operation. The ISPO group as the world’s largest sports network with a year-round communication platform can expand this service to manufacturers and brands worldwide.

“It is a great service for all brands reducing costs and risks on an international level. Thus every subscriber will benefit from it.”

The WFSGI CLR Database is powered by C2P, Compliance & Risks’ knowledge management platform.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Compliance and Risks, Jim Costello, said: “By bringing pioneering technology and content together in the WFSGI CLR Database, ISPO member companies and others will benefit from not just substantial cost savings, but also their teams become much more efficient and effective in their roles.

“Non-compliance costs are often hidden in a company’s profit and loss accounts, purely because of the nature of the expenses such as lost key season selling time, wasted man hours searching for regulations, and re-labelling. The WFSGI CLR Database allowsw companies to proactively reduce these costs and move to a more innovative approach in how they do their work.”

For more information on the WFSGI Labelling Database:
WFSGI, Charlotte Giudicelli at cgiudicelli@wfsgi.org.
ISPO, Tobias Groeber at Tobias.Groeber@messe-muenchen.de
Compliance & Risks, Niahm Shanahan at n.shanahan@complianceandrisks.com

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