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Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan

Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as i...

SuperGroup to adapt sourcing model for speed

Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving...

Rana Plaza fund call grows as anniversary nears

As the countdown to the second anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy begins, the call is getting louder for apparel brands to fil...

SOURCING: Production problems weigh on Pakistan

Pakistan's ambition to double its clothing and textile exports over five years, and its accession to the EU's GSP+ trade scheme last year, s...

Lesotho risks major clothing job losses if AGOA lapses 23 Mar 2015

Nicola Jenvey

An estimated one-third of Lesotho's textile and clothing production will be decimated if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed in September, a senior South African textile and clothing sector consultant has warned.

Smart sportswear faces mass production challenges 23 Mar 2015

Beth Wright

Athletes are increasingly using clothing embedded with sensors and biometric tools to measure their performance. But while the industry is edging closer to adapting these products for the mass market, the overriding challenge is the garments' washability.

The Fit Factor: C&A overhauls fit for the future 20 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

The past year has seen value retailer C&A confront head-on the challenge of delivering consistent fit across key categories such as lingerie, trousers and denim. A complete overhaul of its approach is now seen as the precursor to building market share, sales, brand loyalty and a multi-channel push.

IN THE MONEY: Innovation and supply chain remain key for Nike 20 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc says it will continue to put substantial money and resources into its supply chain to increase speed to market, and ensure it stays ahead on innovation.

What next for smart fabrics and garments? 20 Mar 2015

Katie Smith

Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market. Katie Smith reports.

IN THE MONEY: Nimble supply chain to add to Ann Inc profit 18 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

US women's wear retailer Ann Inc sees the supply chain as a key lever for enhancing its profitability, and has identified $50m in ongoing annualised gross margin benefits over the next two years.

Ten tips for managing supply chain disruptions 18 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

The threat of potential disruption as supply chains become increasingly complex is the top concern for manufacturing businesses, a new survey suggests – with natural disasters seen as the greatest threat to apparel sourcing.

Wearable Tech Show: Quote/unquote 18 Mar 2015

Katie Smith

Everything from a sock that detects early heart failure, to a smart shirt that measures biometric data with medical precision, and a shoe that can communicate via haptic feedback while also acting as a navigational tool, were displayed in London last week. Experts speaking at the Wearable Technology Show shared their views on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Wearable Tech Show: Innovations and developments 17 Mar 2015

Beth Wright

The second edition of the annual Wearable Technology Show took place in London last week, highlighting some of the latest launches and prototypes ranging from textile sensors and software to performance tracking and navigation systems. Beth Wright looks at some of the textile and garment innovations and developments on display.

The Fit Factor: The business benefits of consistent fit 16 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

There’s no ‘quick fix’ to solving problems with size and fit - but getting it right can save time, money and build customer loyalty, according to executives at a recent conference on the issue.

The Fit Factor: Five rules for reinvention 13 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

Fashion brands and retailers need to embrace “radical change” in their apparel sizing and fit strategies if they are to remain competitive in a changing environment. And for Alvanon’s Ed Gribbin, there are lessons to be learned from technology giants like Apple.

Clothing brands failing Cambodia factory inspections 12 Mar 2015

Richard Woodard

Labour rights abuses are still rife in Cambodia’s garment factories, thanks to an inadequate and corrupt inspection system and widespread subcontracting by suppliers, a new report says.

The Fit Factor: M&S online Bra Fit Tool boosts sales 11 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

A new online Bra Fit Tool developed by Marks & Spencer has been used by 167,000 women since its launch last November, and is providing a tangible boost to sales.

The Fit Factor: Tesco's F&F cuts costs and lead times with 3D fit 10 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

Supermarket retailer Tesco has calculated that cutting lead times by one to two weeks on around one-third of the styles in its F&F clothing range adds 4-8% to net margin and generates savings of between GBP20m and GBP40m (US$30-60m). And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of 3D virtual fit and prototyping technology.

Bangladesh Alliance moves closer to low-cost loans 10 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety is in the final stages of setting up an affordable credit facility to provide low-cost loans that will enable its members' supplier factories move forward on remediation work.

US apparel imports from China drop in January 9 Mar 2015

Katie Smith

With the usual post-holiday lull this year coupled with near breaking point congestion at West Coast ports, it's no surprise that apparel imports into the US declined in January. As shipments fell from six of the top-ten supplier countries, it was those further down the ranking - Honduras and El Salvador - that recorded stand-out performances during the month.

Compromise needed to resolve Myanmar garment strikes 9 Mar 2015

Jessica Mudditt

The secretary of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) has told just-style it is unlikely that demands from striking clothing workers will be met.

US apparel retailers' February 2015 sales roundup 6 Mar 2015

Katie Smith

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, as significant headwinds including extreme winter weather, additional costs and delays from the West Coast ports slowdown, foreign exchange rates and higher gas prices all weighed on results.

IN THE MONEY: Adidas sets sights on America after mixed year 5 Mar 2015

Richard Woodard

If 2014 began as a year full of promise for German sports group Adidas – thanks to its strong presence at the World Cup in Brazil – it closed with an air of slight disappointment, thanks to reversals in golf, Russia and the currency exchanges. But it now has its sights set on North America.

Myanmar Code of Conduct a first step in compliance 4 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

The recent move by the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) to establish a voluntary Code of Conduct for its members is seen as a sign of its commitment to becoming a responsible sourcing destination. The next question is what more needs to be done in order for the Code to be implemented and become effective?

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