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M&S project benefits garment worker health

Marks & Spencer says it has seen an improvement in worker health issues in Cambodia - and the subsequent business benefits - since a new hea...

VF pushes ahead on chemicals management

A chemical management programme developed by apparel giant VF Corp to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from its supply c...

M&S to launch supply chain human rights policy

UK retail group Marks & Spencer is preparing to launch a supply chain human rights policy as it looks to further improve compliance in the d...

Key pieces of US trade agenda signed into law

Two important trade measures have been signed into law by President Barack Obama, in a move applauded by US apparel, footwear and textile gr...

IN THE MONEY: Nike reaffirms US production commitment 29 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

Sporting giant Nike has reaffirmed its commitment to scaling up its advanced domestic manufacturing operations following the clearance of a number of key pieces of US trade legislation last week.

IN THE MONEY: H&M faces margin pressure on dollar impact 26 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

H&M Hennes & Mauritz will likely suffer gross margin pressure in the near-term, analysts believe, as the negative impact from the strong US dollar is compounded by increased purchasing costs and increasing wages.

Gap and H&M back Myanmar path to labour reform 24 Jun 2015

Jessica Mudditt

Myanmar is set to become a more attractive garment sourcing and investment destination after plans were agreed on labour law reforms in the country – with Gap and H&M coming out in support of the proposals.

Clarity on competition law and living wages 24 Jun 2015

Leonie Barrie

Continuing its efforts to tackle the key issues preventing progress towards the payment of living wages in the garment supply chain, the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) has now turned its attention to the issue of competition law.

Can technology shape a sustainable fashion future? 23 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

New technologies ranging from waterless dyeing to 3D printing and supply chain mapping tools have the potential to help fashion and footwear firms make smarter sustainable choices - but only if they fully embrace and understand their potential.

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 22 Jun 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.

Product 3.0 underpins Gap brand turnaround plans 18 Jun 2015

Leonie Barrie

A new approach to product development – dubbed ‘Product 3.0’ – underpinned by a responsive and seamless supply chain, is at the heart of plans to turnaround the Gap brand.

SOURCING: Getting to grips with the upstream supply chain 17 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

The need for transparency and traceability in the clothing supply chain is a common lament, but achieving it is often seen as an insurmountable challenge for many brands. A recent sourcing conference attempted to outline the issues in accessing supplier data and the best ways of communicating it along the supply chain.

Made-By milestones include new sustainability tools 17 Jun 2015

Leonie Barrie

European sustainable fashion consultancy Made-By is planning to roll out its new Mode Tracker tool this autumn, to help fashion brands and retailers track progress in all areas of sustainability across their businesses, products and supply chains.

AGOA renewal offers great opportunities for Africa 15 Jun 2015

Norman McFarlane

Should the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) be renewed for ten years as expected, there would be unprecedented opportunities for the sub-Saharan Africa textile and apparel sector, according to an expert speaker at this year’s Source Africa textile, apparel and footwear trade event.

Strong dollar creates apparel headwinds 15 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

A robust and rising dollar is giving US consumers more buying power, especially for products made overseas - but the impact is weighing on the earnings of US brands and retailers with large overseas operations.

Spotlight on...Lectra helps fashion firms face the future 10 Jun 2015

Katie Smith

The fashion industry is changing - faster than ever - as firms face intense pressure to produce more styles in less time, without losing sight of quality, fit and cost. On top of this, the growth of new fashion markets in emerging countries, and increasingly connected consumers, add additional challenges. Helping unravel this complexity is Lectra, which is focusing its expertise and software on making sure brands, retailers and manufacturers have the tools to deliver into the future.

SUSTAINABILITY: Organic cotton market growing again 9 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

The organic cotton market is growing once more, after three consecutive years of declining production. This is the result of industry collaboration and innovative initiatives developed over the last 12 months, according to a new report.

Water pollution crackdown hits China textile firms 8 Jun 2015

Elsa Reed

Upstream textile and finishing suppliers to China’s mighty clothing industry may face a struggle to survive following the release of the government’s ‘Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan.’

SOURCING: Taking stock of TPP in apparel supply chains 8 Jun 2015

Leonie Barrie

As debate intensifies in the US on the passage of legislation seen as key to paving the way for a fast-track vote on the long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), analysts are also weighing up the implications.

Who has pledged to ban the use of angora? 8 Jun 2015

Katie Smith

More than 70 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.

US apparel retailers' May 2015 retail roundup 5 Jun 2015

Katie Smith

May was a mixed month for US apparel retailers, with suggestions the consumer was still not spending robustly outside of cars, smart phones, and home related categories. Despite the “sluggish” trading environment, the majority of clothing chains were able to book comparable store sales growth.

SUSTAINABILITY: M&S eyes improved supply chain transparency 5 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer said it has plans in place to launch a programme that aims to improve transparency in its clothing supply chain.

China weighs on April US apparel import growth 4 Jun 2015

Katie Smith

While the majority of the top-ten garment supplier countries to the US continued to book gains in April, with double-digit increases coming from Vietnam and Bangladesh, it was China that weighed on overall apparel import growth - reporting its second decline this year.

IN THE MONEY: PVH eyes "dramatic" improvement for women's jeans 3 Jun 2015

Michelle Russell

PVH Corp said the industry should start seeing more dramatic improvements in its women's jeans business thanks to initiatives to grow the division, and despite operating in a denim industry it says is “not a hot category" at the present time.

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