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Vietnam grows share of US apparel imports in 2016

Falling prices and an industry focus on specialisation and increasing value added have all helped Vietnam increase its share of US imports o...

US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order b...

Primark challenges critics with cotton initiative

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that hav...

US apparel imports take a tumble in December

US apparel import volumes declined in December as the holiday season came to an end. But while shipments from Vietnam continue on an upward...

Key trade issues facing US textiles and apparel 10 Feb 2017

Michelle Russell

A rapidly changing economic and political climate, the relationship between trade and job creation in the US, plans for a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT), rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were all included in a panel discussion yesterday (9 February) looking at the potential impact of key trade issues on the apparel and textile industry.

Trump trade plans spell trouble for Asia apparel sourcing 3 Feb 2017

Jens Kastner

As US President Donald Trump has been wasting no time carrying out his campaign pledges to undo long-standing American trade ties, the Asian apparel industry and the US retailers it supplies have ample reasons to be on edge.

Mexico textile and apparel makers eye tit-for-tat trade war 3 Feb 2017

Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexico could slap ‘mirror’ tariffs on US fabric and apparel imports if US President Donald Trump goes ahead with threats to impose a 20% or other duty hike on Mexican exports, executives say.

Under Armour growth hits a bump in the road 1 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

Shares in Under Armour slumped 26% yesterday (31 January) as the athletic apparel and footwear maker posted a slowdown in fourth quarter revenue growth, lowered its full-year outlook and announced the departure of its CFO after just 13 months.

Outlook 2017 – Ten apparel supply chain takeaways 27 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Several recurring themes cropped up in just-style’s roundup of sourcing and supply chain issues likely to impact apparel and footwear firms in 2017. The reports, which ran across four articles and more than 11,000 words, combined the views of a panel of industry executives. Here we condense their words of wisdom.

"Buy American, Hire American" to guide Trump trade stance 23 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Donald Trump's first speech to the US as its new president appears to reinforce his protectionist stance, with rhetoric promising to "follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American."

Sustainability and policy top of mind at Outdoor Retailer 23 Jan 2017

Debra Cobb

The outdoor industry is pausing to take a hard look at what it stands for, judging by the products and presentations at the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. There was as much emphasis on politics, policies and sustainability issues as there was on product at the show, writes Debra Cobb.

Ten retail trends to watch for in 2017 23 Jan 2017

Michelle Russell

The rise of e-commerce, the adoption of increasingly intelligent technology, faster delivery and the need for better supply chain visibility will all likely dominate the retail industry through 2017. Fung Global Retail & Technology offers some retail trends to watch out for in the year ahead. 

Apparel factory auditing appears in the firing line 20 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Two separate pieces of research are calling for a new approach to the garment factory auditing process, claiming that not only is there a need for more meaningful auditing that goes beyond ensuring basic compliances, but also that their current checklist approach has contributed to the problem of poor working conditions in many manufacturing hubs.

NRF 2017 – Technology and data key to engaging shoppers 20 Jan 2017

Michelle Russell

Investment in technology and the utilisation of data will be key if retailers are to do more to meet customers' expectations and engage with them both online and in-store, according to experts at Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's 106th Annual Convention & Expo that took place in New York earlier this week.

How US border adjustment tax could affect apparel 19 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

One of the first battlegrounds of the new Trump administration is shaping up to be a possible revamp of the US tax system with an alternative proposal that threatens US apparel importers and their suppliers.

Is the apparel industry about to be Trumped? – Infographic 18 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States casts a shadow of uncertainty over the textile and apparel sector, with his promises to tear up US trade agreements, impose tariffs on imports from China and Mexico, and bring back US jobs and manufacturing. Here we take a closer look at what’s at stake, with a special infographic powered by re:source from just-style, a new tool that uses data and intelligence to help apparel companies save time, reduce cost and manage supply chain risk.

Britain’s Brexit plans prioritise tariff-free trade 18 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Britain is leaving the European single market, Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday (17 January) in a hard-hitting speech outlining the UK government’s Brexit strategy.

NRF 2017 – Retail technology launches and developments 18 Jan 2017

Michelle Russell

Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo, which took place in New York this week, is an annual opportunity for retailers to tap into the latest technologies for improving everything from customer analysis to inventory management. Here we highlight some of the latest launches and developments.

$1.7bn package to boost Pakistan clothing exports 16 Jan 2017

Kaswar Klasra

Pakistan's clothing industry has told just-style that a new government assistance package announced last week to boost the country's clothing exports is to be welcomed – but wants it implemented quickly.

Mexico riots hit apparel retailers and shipments 16 Jan 2017

Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexican retailers lost more than $70m amid protests and looting last week that blocked major highways and caused delays in clothing shipments from the nation’s five major manufacturing hubs in Torreon, Chihuahua, Aguas Calientes, Mexico State and Puebla State, according to industry executives.

M&S clothing growth – What the analysts say 12 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Retailer Marks & Spencer has finally booked like-for-like sales growth in its general merchandise unit, which includes clothing and homewares, thanks to a focus on value and quality, rather than "reactionary and desperate" discounting. Not surprisingly, analysts have praised the UK retailer's first positive clothing performance in two years.

US apparel imports take a tumble in November 11 Jan 2017

Michelle Russell

Early stockpiling by retailers for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, and the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Company, may have contributed to a month-on-month decline in US apparel import volumes in November. Year-on-year, however, imports were up, with Bangladesh recording the largest increase.

US apparel retailers' December 2016 sales roundup 6 Jan 2017

Beth Wright

December proved to be a dismal month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting comparable sales figures, with soft in-store traffic over the holiday season meaning that only two recorded a rise. This was despite retailers coming off a modestly strong Black Friday weekend.

Experts urge faster pace to sustainable fashion factories 5 Jan 2017

Jeremy Mullins

As the global clothing and textile industry looks towards a 2017 where trade relations are unpredictable, fast fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) invited stakeholders to an event in Myanmar – attended by just-style – to look at how to maintain stability on the factory front by improving labour relations.

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