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Central America must make better use of DR-CAFTA

Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFT...

How M&S plans to revamp its clothing business

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer has set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lower...

UK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth

With the value of the UK clothing market set to soar over the next five years, and consumers taking more of an interest in the origin and qu...

Footwear to see "significant" gains from TPP

Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant g...

Yarn-forward rules may weigh on Vietnam's TPP potential 20 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

While Vietnam is likely to see some of the biggest apparel export gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new report confirms industry concerns that its shortfall in yarn and fabric production, ability to meet yarn-forward rules of origin, capacity constraints and related price effects could all weigh on its potential.

TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports 19 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in US apparel imports – and that Vietnam would be the biggest beneficiary.

JC Penney shifting merchandise mix from apparel 17 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

After its apparel sales took a hammering from unseasonably cold spring weather in the first quarter, US department store retailer JC Penney is shifting its focus away from clothing and onto less weather-sensitive categories instead.

Sustainability – the next use case for RFID? 17 May 2016

Guest author

As well as the business benefits of adopting radio frequency identification (RFID), there's wide scope to apply it across various parts of the supply chain too. So it may come as no surprise then that sustainability is emerging as the next use case for the technology, explains Jacky Broomhead, market development manager for apparel at supply chain standards organisation GS1 UK.

Why it's a tough time to be an apparel retailer 16 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

First quarterly earnings from US department stores and specialty chains suggests the sector is off to a rocky start to the year as consumers increasingly choose to spend less on clothing and more on health and leisure. Analysts have their own take on why US apparel retailers are fighting an uphill battle.

ZDHC to expand and deepen Asia engagement 13 May 2016

Michelle Russell

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group said it plans to expand and deepen its engagement in Asia as it revealed its global achievements in chemical management over the last 12 months.

Texprocess Americas taps into apparel automation 12 May 2016

John Winston

Automation and robotics were among the key trends on show at last week's Texprocess Americas exhibition. These industry-changing technologies have the potential to bridge the industry's skills gap, increase productivity in apparel manufacturing, and drive speed to market, according to exhibitors.

Gap downgraded to junk status as mulls streamlining 11 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has been downgraded to junk status by Fitch Ratings in the latest of a series of woes for the company, which earlier this week warned about slumping sales in its first quarter and steps to streamline its business.

12 global supply chain trends to 2025 10 May 2016

Michelle Russell

Supply chain risk management has declined in priority, with many organisations citing lack of bandwidth and budget as the biggest roadblocks. Yet, according to a new report, those that take a more pragmatic approach will capture the most powerful insights.

US apparel retailers' April 2016 sales roundup 10 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

The spring season appears to be off to a slow start for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with cool, wet weather continuing to dampen demand for spring clothing collections.

US apparel imports fall by one-fifth in March 9 May 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel imports into the US took a massive double-digit downward turn in March, with China – the US's largest supplier – recording the biggest declines of nearly 40% from the year before. 

Gildan supply chain to drive acquisition synergies 9 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Like Hanesbrands the week before, Gildan Activewear also sees the ability to plug into its large-scale, low-cost global supply chain as the key to driving synergies from its just-agreed acquisition of Alstyle Apparel – a process it calls ‘Gildanization’.

Hanesbrands in-sourcing to cut costs at Pacific Brands 3 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.

Why have US FTA apparel imports fallen to a record low? 29 Apr 2016

Dr Sheng Lu

In the past ten years the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) implemented in the United States has almost doubled. So why have US apparel imports entering under free trade agreements fallen to a record low? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, investigates.

Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles 27 Apr 2016

Katie Smith

A lack of collaboration between the textile and electronic industries continues to be one of the main obstacles to progress in smart garments, experts believe, although once this happens they could enter the mass market within five to ten years.

First figures show Bangladesh exports climb in 2015 26 Apr 2016

Michelle Russell

Bangladesh's garments exports have continued to grow at a steady pace despite the country's image taking a hit following the Tazreen and Rana Plaza disasters – with the EU, Canada and the US all increasing imports in the last year.

Bangladesh still needs essential reforms to fix factories 25 Apr 2016

Michelle Russell

Efforts to improve worker and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry have brought tangible progress over the three years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse – but it is also clear that essential reforms are still needed and that the pace of remediation must accelerate. 

Rana Plaza three years on – Timeline of change 22 Apr 2016

Katie Smith

Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.

H&M sustainability goals include water-based PU shoes 15 Apr 2016

Michelle Russell

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to place its first volume orders for shoes made with water-based vegan leather this year as part of new sustainability goals set out by the Swedish fashion retailer.

Bangladesh Alliance factory suspensions a "wake-up call" 15 Apr 2016

Michelle Russell

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it hopes its suspension of factories for lack of progress on remediation will be a final wake-up call to owners to step up their efforts as the third anniversary of Rana Plaza nears. 

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