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US fashion industry applauds trade bills package

A package of bills introduced in the House and Senate yesterday (16 April) has sparked hope that a long-delayed trade agenda could finally m...

Growth returning to global workwear market

Growth is set to return to the global workwear market, but a static population and high unemployment will be a barrier to progress in Europe...

3D printing gears up for fashion industry change

The organiser of a 3D print fashion show in New York has told just-style there will be major changes in fashion industry supply chain becaus...

Cutting pollution saves China textile mills money

Annual savings of $14.7m in operating costs are being claimed for an initiative helping to cut water, energy and chemical use at textile mil...

Spotlight on...Target's Canada debacle 15 Apr 2015

Beth Wright

Just days after the closure of its remaining Canadian stores, just-style explores how empty shelves, mismanagement and over-hype combined to force US retail giant Target Corp to admit defeat.

Adidas worker hotline bridges communication gap 15 Apr 2015

Katie Smith

Sporting goods giant Adidas is evolving its factory monitoring system away from auditing to track supply chain compliance and is instead working to develop self-governance programmes for its suppliers. Part of the process has been to improve communication with workers at its supplier factories - including the launch of an SMS hotline, which will reach 250,000 workers by the end of the year.

SOURCING: Apparel working conditions linked to profit 14 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

If proof was ever needed of the commercial benefits of better working conditions in garment factories, a recent study from Better Work Vietnam suggests both productivity and profitability improve.

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 14 Apr 2015

Katie Smith

More than 200 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.

SOURCING: Morocco sets out plans to grow fast fashion exports 13 Apr 2015

Elizia Volkmann

The director general of Morocco’s clothing and textile industry association AMITH (Association Marocaine des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement) has shared with just-style the country’s plans to create a fully-integrated textile and garment industry from spinning to final product within 15 years.

US apparel retailers' March 2015 sales roundup 10 Apr 2015

Katie Smith

While the earlier Easter this year helped the majority of US apparel retailers to book comparable store sales growth in March, adverse weather conditions, an economic soft patch during the first quarter, and lingering effects of the West Coast ports labour dispute weighed on overall results.

SUSTAINABILITY: H&M adds transparency to yarn and fabric suppliers 10 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

The latest sustainability efforts from fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz include adding fabric and yarn mills to its publicly published supplier factory list, and further progress in its work towards fair living wages - although criticism suggests this is not progressing fast enough for some.

Vietnam apparel shipments to the US see surprise slip 8 Apr 2015

Katie Smith

February is historically the slowest month when it comes to US apparel imports, but attempts to bring forward deliveries of spring merchandise amid ongoing disruptions at US West Coast ports led to a rebound this year. While five of the top ten supplier countries booked gains, including China and Bangladesh, the surprise performance was from Vietnam, whose shipments slipped for the first time in more than two years.

PSF 2015: Will China be a part of the TPP? 8 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

The multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact has the potential to reshape the global apparel sourcing landscape, but after five years of talks it continues to face an uphill battle – and the role of China remains unclear.

“No excuse for waiting” on living wage issue 7 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

All too often, progress towards implementing a living wage in the global garment industry and its supply chain stalls on excuses. But instead of waiting for these obstacles to be resolved, the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) has launched a new Living Wage Portal to show brands and retailers the steps they can start taking today.

Wal-Mart eyes lower prices, products and Primark 7 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has set out some of its plans to improve sales and market share, including more competitive apparel prices, better assortments, and “systematic” sourcing – and says it welcomes the US arrival of Primark later this year.

PSF 2015: The stars are aligning for apparel from Africa 2 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

Africa’s potential as a primary source for the production of textiles and apparel has been a topic of discussion for several years – although turning talk into action has been slow. But if global brands, manufacturers and mills could come together and build vertical supply chains on the continent, they would set themselves up with a sourcing hub for the future.

Marks & Spencer Q4 update: What the analysts say 2 Apr 2015

Katie Smith

Marks & Spencer this morning (2 April) reported an increase in fourth-quarter clothing sales, its first in almost four years. Analysts praised the UK retailer's positive performance given recent market share trends, and see gross margin opportunity in general merchandise overall.

Asos H1 profit drop: What the analysts say 1 Apr 2015

Katie Smith

Despite a double-digit decline in profit, weighed down by higher levels of investment, Asos's first-half performance remained in line with expectations. With an upbeat outlook from management, analysts believe long-term confidence will be restored at the online fashion retailer and its reaffirmed full-year guidance will be met.

PSF 2015: GAFTI gears up for change in apparel auditing 31 Mar 2015

Leonie Barrie

Imagine an apparel sourcing world with a single set of testing and auditing procedures across product safety, social compliance and environmental sustainability. Where PVH would accept an audit by VF, and VF would accept an audit by Under Armour. Well, it’s a vision already shared by around 30 of the world's biggest brands and retailers – and they’re urging more companies to get involved.

FOCUS: Topshop suffers a setback in Japan 31 Mar 2015

Magdalena Kondej

Topshop's bid to be a global player has suffered a setback in Japan, where the retailer shuttered its five stores earlier this year. Here Magdalena Kondej, head of apparel and footwear research at Euromonitor International, looks at the possible reasons why, and asks what happens next?

Fast Retailing ramps up sustainability efforts 31 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China. Detailing some of its efforts in its latest CSR report, the Japanese business says it has ramped up inspection efforts at its garment and textile suppliers, and set out a new initiative to spread best practices.

Who has joined the Greenpeace Detox Challenge - update 31 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China supplying global apparel firms. Since then, the environmental pressure group has been calling on clothing brands to remove hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020 as part of its Detox challenge.

Spotlight on... Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan 27 Mar 2015

Katie Smith

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 it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.

IN THE MONEY: SuperGroup to adapt sourcing model for speed 27 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

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

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