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US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the...

TPP trade pact in milestone signing by 12 nations

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by minis...

Cheap polyester contributes to cotton import shift

The ongoing drop in polyester prices is hurting cotton consumption in China, with Vietnam now poised to overtake China as the largest import...

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive posi...

Update – Who has pledged to ban the use of angora? 29 Jan 2016

Katie Smith

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following ongoing pressure from animal rights group PETA.

Colombia makers call for more FTAs and export financing 28 Jan 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to bolster textile and apparel companies' efforts to expand abroad, according to executives at the latest edition of sourcing fair Colombiatex.

Combating the new normal – 10 trends for 2016 27 Jan 2016

Katie Smith

A more promotional athleisure scene, the benefits of store rationalisation starting to come through, and in-store traffic continuing on its downward trajectory as consumers increasingly shop online, are among ten predictions likely to shape the US clothing and footwear sector this year, analysts say. They also look at what might be in store for Lululemon, Hanesbrands and Ascena Retail Group.

Gap deepens efforts on social and environmental issues 25 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

US apparel giant Gap Inc has set out new targets aimed at strengthening worker rights across its global supply chain – including all of its strategic branded apparel suppliers achieving a sustainability rating of green or yellow by 2020, and all self-reporting their performance in the Gap global sustainability data system within the next two years.  

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord – update 22 Jan 2016

Katie Smith

More than 220 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.

Why worker engagement is key to China competitiveness 21 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

Could corporate social responsibility (CSR) be the secret weapon to countering some of the challenges currently facing apparel and textile producers in China? New initiatives and in-factory research suggests that not only is an engaged workforce likely to be more motivated and easier to retain, but it is more productive too – with benefits ultimately being seen on a company’s bottom line.

Apparel firms accused of "hidden" supply chain workers 21 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel brands and sourcing firms including Gap Inc, Nike, and Li & Fung have been named in a trade union report claiming 50 companies have a hidden global workforce of 116m people within their supply chains. 

NRF 2016: Retail launches and developments 20 Jan 2016

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.

Roadmap to the apparel supply chain of the future 19 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

While consumers increasingly crave instant gratification, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and more options than ever before in terms of products and how and where to buy them, retailers and brands are being hampered by supply chains that are legacies of a previous era. Is a fundamental redesign the answer? Or can existing ones be improved?

Outerwear faces up to the challenge of climate change 18 Jan 2016

Debra Cobb

Faced with downward pressure on demand from unseasonably warm weather, the outdoor industry is broadening its appeal to work across multiple end-uses. New product introductions at the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show included innovations in outerwear, performance denim, and wool.

TPP exclusion spurs China's overseas textile investment 15 Jan 2016

Vicky Sung

The exclusion of China, the world’s largest garment maker, from the recently-agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact is likely to accelerate overseas investment by its textile and apparel industry.

What’s in store for China in 2016? 15 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

What might happen in China in 2016? According to a snapshot from McKinsey & Company, manufacturing in China is changing, not disappearing – with the winners becoming even more competitive on a global scale.

Outlook 2016 – Ten sourcing takeaways 12 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

Last week just-style published its annual look at sourcing and supply chain issues likely to impact apparel and footwear firms in 2016. The reports, which ran across four articles and nearly 12,000 words, combined the views of a panel of executives. Here we condense their words of wisdom.

‘Super-dollar’ triggers Mexican textiles shortage 11 Jan 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexico’s apparel industry is facing a textile raw material shortage as the soaring dollar prompts spinners to boost exports, leaving many clothing makers struggling to procure key fabrics to meet US orders, a top industry official says.

US apparel retailers' December 2015 sales roundup  8 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

Santa delivered some generally positive holiday sales results to US apparel retailers in December as they grappled with a rapidly changing omnichannel landscape, low and middle income consumers with limited discretionary spending power, and a very mild autumn that depressed clothing sales.

China bounces back amid US apparel import growth 7 Jan 2016

Katie Smith

Apparel imports into the US bounced back in November as retailers stocked up on merchandise ahead of the holiday season, with all but one of the leading supplier countries booking the growth. While China rebounded from its decline in October, five of the top ten suppliers, including Vietnam and Bangladesh, managed to book double-digit gains.

Low cost sourcing less of an option for apparel retailers 6 Jan 2016

Katie Smith

Upward pressure on sourcing costs is one of the new challenges set to face US apparel retailers in 2016 as a "fair, living wage" and "decent work conditions" become an integral part of product sourcing and marketing.

UK retail sales growth expected to falter in 2016 5 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

Faltering consumer confidence and macro uncertainties such as potential interest rate rises and concerns over the EU referendum are likely to affect UK retail sales growth this year as consumers look to other sectors to spend their cash. Retailers will need to stay on their toes and think smart, one think tank suggests, if they are to reap success in 2016.

Will productivity gains offset ASEAN wage hikes in 2016? 4 Jan 2016

Jens Kastner

Faced with minimum wage hikes in 2016, many Southeast Asian garment manufacturers are planning to try lifting productivity via ambitious training programmes.

Leather fashion – A changing landscape 23 Dec 2015

Katie Smith

A key component widely used alongside textiles in the clothing and footwear industry, the landscape for leather is undergoing a degree of change when it comes to production, retail and technology trends. Here, we take a look. 

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