Last week’s news that Congress passed, and the president signed into law, a $2.2 trillion stimulus and relief package was welcome news. As the country battles health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we sustain massive efforts to protect our population and help our businesses, and the workers they employ, to weather these unprecedented challenges.

Indeed, many textile, apparel, footwear, and fashion companies have embraced what we are calling a “Rosie The Riveter” moment for a new generation of Americans.

 

Companies from across the country have quickly repurposed their U.S. and foreign factories, their supply chains, and their warehouses to make and deliver crucial masks, gowns, gloves, and other items of personal protective equipment (PPE). Some companies are making the products themselves, both at home and abroad. Others are using their sourcing, customs, and shipping expertise to quickly deliver PPE to hospitals that don’t have the wherewithal or knowledge to do this themselves. Still others have donated warehouse space to local hospitals to manage their suddenly expanded logistical requirements or needs for extra space to house patients. Read More