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Automated equipment specialist DESMA Schuhmaschinen believes digitised customer foot data is the key to new manufacturing models where every shoe will be ordered pre-production. (Photo credit: WFSGI / Andreas Gebert)

Why do modern robotics elude sportswear makers?

The world's leading sportswear brands and manufacturers are struggling to equip their factories with the robotic and cyber physical systems...

Trump may unwittingly provide an opportunity for Mexico makers to move into new markets

Mexico makers bullish on Trump's proposed tariffs

While Mexico’s apparel makers are outlining their concerns at US president-elect Donald Trump's proposal to tear up the North American Free...

'Trade, labour and tax regulation could all have far-reaching implications for the retail industry'

Trump election implications for US retail industry

The US presidential election result is likely to have little impact on holiday spending plans – but changes to trade, labour and tax regulat...

 Examplifying NAFTA's western hemisphere supply chain, this T-shirt was designed in Canada and made in Mexico of USA fabric

How would end of NAFTA affect US apparel industry?

President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his dislike of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Mexico and...

Ciel Textile's Tropic Knits produces 12m T-shirts and polo shirts per year in Mauritius and Madagascar

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

The devastating impact that political instability and the loss of trade benefits can have on an apparel manufacturing country is exemplified...

Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina (centre) opened this year's Origin Africa sourcing event

Origin Africa highlights new sourcing ambitions

Last year all eyes at Origin Africa were on host country Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub for international apparel groups. This year at...

Fusing ethics and finance to boost the bottom line 18 Nov 16

Ethical performance and supply chain finance are an unlikely partnership – but fusing the two can be a winning combination for the fashion and apparel industry.

Open source is key in the move to new technology tools 17 Nov 16

While some retailers are already enjoying the benefits of 3D design, virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software, others are still struggling to find the best ways to leverage the potential benefits into their businesses.

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Esquel efficiency drive continues to boost brands

Wang Fangqing | 2 Dec 16 Guangdong Esquel, the largest production campus of Hong Kong-based cotton shirt maker Esquel Group

The CEO at Hong Kong based shirt maker Esquel has told just-style that the company is continuing to innovate to improve efficiency and productivity, and has recently moved its new highly automated pilot production line from Malaysia to its major facility in Gaoming. 

EU urged to adopt roadmap for Sri Lanka GSP+ bid

Michelle Russell | 2 Dec 16

The European Union (EU) is being urged to adopt a roadmap for Sri Lanka with time-bound measures to comply with core labour conventions before it can regain GSP+ beneficiary status. 

Guess four-point plan to drive profit in Americas

Beth Wright | 1 Dec 16 Guess is now “more than ever” focused on improving the profitability of its retail business in the Americas

US fashion retailer Guess Inc has narrowed it outlook for the full year, and devised a four point plan to "drive value" for the business in the Americas that will see it continue to implement supply chain initiatives and potentially close unprofitable stores. 

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Columbia waterproof jacket first made without PFCs

Fruit of the Loom names Burgess-Taylor CEO

US apparel retailers' November 2016 sales roundup

US Q3 in brief - G-III Apparel, Express

PVH closes Mexico JV with Grupo Axo

Teijin eyes growth with new fibres business unit

Ascena outlook cautious despite Q1 profit

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Latest Apparel Interviews

Bagir CEO says suit-maker is back on track – interview 28 Nov 16

Leonie BarrieEran Itzhak is making solid progress with Bagir's recovery plan

Exactly 12 months into his role as chief executive of Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, and Eran Itzhak is in a buoyant mood. The business is debt-free for the first time in nearly a decade, has refocused its manufacturing base on Ethiopia, Egypt and Vietnam, and is fighting back with new products and a return to innovation.

How TAL Apparel is staying ahead of the game – interview 14 Oct 16

Michelle RussellDelman Lee, chief technology officer for TAL

As one of the world's leading garment manufacturers, Hong Kong-based TAL Apparel is continually looking to see how it can add value in the apparel supply chain, as chief technology officer Delman Lee tells just-style.

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO – Interview 25 Aug 16

Michelle RussellJason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.

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A new re:source from just-style

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 25 Nov 16

Some of just-style’s more eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a small change to the menu bar on the homepage: the addition of the word re:source. Yes it might be a small change – but it marks the countdown to the biggest launch in our 16-year history.

Trump's trade ramifications continue to unravel

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 25 Nov 16

Over the past week just-style has continued to try to unravel the potential ramifications of Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States.

What's in store following Trump's election?

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 15 Nov 16

One event dominated the international airwaves last week, and on just-style too we took a closer look at the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

Hot Apparel Issues

Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

Specialised finance products for the garment industry, solutions for keeping track of inventory, and software systems to guide their planning and operations are all covered in our special reports on how to free up capital in the apparel supply chain.

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

Madagascar all but fell off the sourcing radar when it lost its duty-free privileges to the US at the beginning of 2010. But a change of fortunes in the last two years is now seeing its apparel exports bounce back.

What a Trump presidency might mean for apparel

What a Trump presidency might mean for apparel

Global markets were thrown into disarray after Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. The win is also likely to mean that international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fall by the wayside.

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion brands face numerous challenges, from ensuring they make decisions that get orders right the first time, to navigating complex logistical issues, and having the flexibility to make swift decisions and changes. Here we offer some solutions.

Apparel Market Research

Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective

Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective

As recently as 2013, sales of outdoor performance apparel were growing at a rate of 6% in the US; by 2.5% in Europe; and by double digits in emerging economies. Those were the good old days. In 2016, the call of the wild sounds a lot different. While interest and participation in the outdoors is growing, the outdoor consumer is changing, becoming younger, more diverse, and more social. This report gathers retail market data for US, Europe, China, South Korea, Australia, Japan and India and it explains the current retail landscape worldwide, with coverage of major retail brands' latest activity in key markets. 2015 sales results are provided for over 50 core outdoor retailers and over 80 worldwide brands... Read more

Published: December 2016 - ($1390.00)

REPORT BUNDLE: Africa-Med, Southeast Asia and Central America strategic sourcing pack

Published: October 2016 - ($1900.00)

SuperGroupPlc in Apparel and Footwear (Global)

Published: September 2016 - ($572.00)

Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, October 2016

Published: October 2016 - ($350.00)

Fast Retailing Co Ltd in Apparel and Footwear (World)

Published: September 2016 - ($572.00)

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