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Supply chains under pressure as Black Friday looms

Retailers on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up for the hoped-for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping bonanzas – but many will als...

Jordan garment sector strong amid regional unrest

Jordan's US$1.34bn garment sector continues to expand despite the turmoil in much of the Middle East, with growth forecast at 10% in 2015. Y...

Navigating a turbulent sourcing landscape

Apparel brands, retailers and suppliers are having to navigate an increasing number of supply chain challenges in order to operate in a more...

Clothing sector helps China to green its growth

A conference on sustainability staged by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has heard how China is making serious effort...

Myanmar elections spark industry optimism and concern 17 Nov 2015

Jessica Mudditt

Apparel and footwear makers in Myanmar believe the country's anticipated transfer of power to the opposition next March should attract more foreign investment, but there are also concerns that future liberalisation will attract tough overseas competition.

C&A building brand loyalty through consistent fit 16 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

If proof was needed of the link between consistent garment size and fit and its impact on top-line growth, then look no further than European value fashion retailer C&A – where a 10-month overhaul of fit and product development processes is already paying dividends. Involving the supply base as early as possible has also been one of the keys to success.

Made in the UK – False dawn or true revival? 13 Nov 2015

Katie Smith

There has long been talk of bringing textile and apparel manufacturing back to the UK and the debate goes on. While education, cost, and compliance are key factors to consider, the consensus is that while garments can be made here, production is likely to be on a much smaller scale than back in its heyday. 

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 11 Nov 2015

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.

UPDATE: US apparel retailers' October retail roundup 10 Nov 2015

Katie Smith

Unseasonably warm weather weighed on US retailers' sales of autumn clothing in October, combining with sluggish mall traffic, softer Halloween sales, lacklustre income gains, and a continued shift in spending to motor vehicles, experiences and restaurants to push the majority of clothing chains to comparable store sales declines in the month.

IAF ISTANBUL – Cotton shortage unlikely despite demand exceeding supply 9 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

While global cotton production is expected to drop significantly in 2015/16 – just as consumption is forecast to rise – the amount of cotton held in stocks means a shortage is unlikely, one industry expert has said.

Three steps to tackle climate change risks in luxury fashion 9 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

A new analysis of climate change and its implications for the fashion sector suggested apparel companies need to build resilient supply chains – with a focus on supporting production systems for raw materials – if they are to face up to the challenges.

US ports humming but TPP timing causes concern 6 Nov 2015

Ed Zwirn

The US clothing industry is benefiting from a sharp rebound in logistics following the end of last year’s West Coast port dispute, along with optimism about the likely positive impact of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal – a key meeting of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) heard this week.

Wage rises fail to dent Cambodia garment sector growth 6 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

Cambodia's garment industry continued to perform "solidly" in the first half of this year, with growth in employment, exports and factory openings all helping to dispel concerns that rising minimum wages would cause the sector to falter.

Bangladesh leads US apparel import growth in September 5 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in September, with seven of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. Bangladesh led the pack, posting a solid double-digit gain, with strong increases also recorded by Indonesia, Vietnam, and Pakistan. 

IAF ISTANBUL – Hugo Boss eyes further investment in Turkey 5 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

German fashion house Hugo Boss says it sees Turkey as an important sourcing destination and will invest further in the country, despite facing criticism from unions earlier this year over the treatment of workers at its Izmir factory.

What Marks & Spencer's H1 numbers mean for clothing 4 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Today's first-half results from Marks & Spencer have offered a mixed picture for its clothing business. Like-for-like sales fell, but margins improved thanks to continued progress in the UK retailer's direct sourcing initiatives. While M&S is optimistic it can maintain margins and has upped its full-year forecast, will its investments in sourcing and a new rewards card be enough to revive the retailer's clothing fortunes? 

IAF ISTANBUL: Updated EU-Turkey customs union urged as a priority 2 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Modernisation of the European Union (EU) and Turkey's 20-year-old customs union should be made a priority, trade association Euratex has said, in order to enhance bilateral trade ties between the two regions.

Behind the brand – innovation at Gore 30 Oct 2015

Debra Cobb

Last week’s introduction of WL Gore & Associates’ new technologies for performance outerwear follows a long tradition of innovation based on the company’s manipulation of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), a polymer that is hydrophobic as well as slick. Debra Cobb finds our more during a tour of the Gore Capability Center.

Is heat stress the next threat to apparel supply chains? 28 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

Global manufacturing hubs in South-East Asia – including key clothing and footwear producers Vietnam and Cambodia – could see double-digit drops in worker productivity over the next 30 years due to the impact of rising temperatures and extreme heat stress, a new report warns.

All eyes on Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub 28 Oct 2015

Jozef De Coster

There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years – yet disappointingly small exports of just US$112m in 2014. But that could finally be set to change, as Jozef De Coster reports from last week’s 'Origin Africa' event in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia textile and apparel investments accelerate 28 Oct 2015

Jozef De Coster

From fast-growing textile hub Mekele to expansion plans by several international groups to expand their production capabilities in Ethiopia, the scale of current and planned investments in the country appears to be accelerating. Jozef De Coster reports from last week’s 'Origin Africa' event in Addis Ababa.

Nearshore sourcing: Some challenges and opportunities 27 Oct 2015

Katie Smith

While price, higher domestic minimum wages, and the need to educate brands and retailers to support nearshore sourcing are among the challenges facing European textile and garment producers, exhibitors at the annual SVP Fashion sourcing event believe opportunities lie within innovation, corporate social responsibility and working much more efficiently.

Local-for-local shapes Under Armour manufacturing vision 26 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

Having set out plans to double annual revenues to US$7.5bn by 2018, US sportswear giant Under Armour is adding more detail on the building blocks that will help to achieve its big-picture ambitions – including a shake-up of the way it makes its products.

Global labour standard key to addressing audit fatigue 26 Oct 2015

Michelle Russell

Plans for a single industry-wide global standard for auditing social and labour performance in apparel supply chains could solve the long-standing issue of audit fatigue – as well as providing an opportunity to improve transparency and invest more in factory safety and ethics.

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