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FDRA Launches China Wage Map for Footwear Manufacturers

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) released a China wage map to help footwear sourcing and compliance professionals understand sourcing shifts in China and prepare for future costs.

The wage map was sponsored by UL, the global independent safety science company dedicated to promoting safe working environments.

Wolverine Worldwide president of global operations Mike Jeppesen, said, “The cities and provinces in China where the industry produces footwear is shifting dramatically. Companies who have been sourcing for decades in the Pearl River Delta are now having to understand and address new cost structures and compliance challenges as they work with more and more factories in inland China.” He added, “What FDRA has done with its wage map is help provide some transparency on wage issues all across China. Now sourcing directors and compliance managers can come to this page and get a clearer picture of wage rate trends so they can better plan for their current and future costs.”

FDRA president Matt Priest said, “I also want to convey that this is one of the many new ways we are trying to help the industry adjust to sourcing shifts and changes in China and around the world. We hope this will be a useful tool, and as we get new data we will update the map and expand it.”

FDRA members will have an opportunity dig deeper into each province through new webinars that examine ground level conditions, including wages, compliance and capacity. Priest said members can also learn more about the map at FDRA’s sourcing summit in New York this summer and through direct consultations.

The China wage map can be accessed here.