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Duty-free trade key to build Africa supply chains

A group of ethical fashion producers and retailers, including German e-commerce giant Otto Group and shoemaking enterprise Soul of Africa, h...

How to ensure sustainability is more than a slogan

The annual Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group this year heard how brands s...

Steps to piloting living wage in garment factories

While there is no single, simple solution to help garment brands and retailers progress from paying minimum wages to living wages to workers...

US apparel retailers' November 2016 sales roundup

Comparable store sales proved to be somewhat disappointing for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their figures in November...

Why do modern robotics elude sportswear makers? 29 Nov 2016

David Green

The world's leading sportswear brands and manufacturers are struggling to equip their factories with the robotic and cyber physical systems (CPS) element of Industry 4.0 processes, at least in the near term, a major international conference has heard. 

Mexico makers bullish on Trump's proposed tariffs 25 Nov 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

While Mexico’s apparel makers are outlining their concerns at US president-elect Donald Trump's proposal to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), potentially slapping a 35% tariff on Mexican goods, some also suggest the move could have unexpected benefits too.

Trump election implications for US retail industry 24 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

The US presidential election result is likely to have little impact on holiday spending plans – but changes to trade, labour and tax regulation could all have far-reaching implications for the retail industry, analysts believe. 

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar 22 Nov 2016

Jozef De Coster

The devastating impact that political instability and the loss of trade benefits can have on an apparel manufacturing country is exemplified by Madagascar, the island off the southeast coast of Africa that all but fell off the sourcing radar when it lost its duty-free privileges to the United States at the beginning of 2010. But a change of fortunes in the last two years is now seeing its apparel exports bounce back with a vengeance.

Origin Africa highlights apparel sourcing ambitions 21 Nov 2016

Jozef De Coster

Last year all eyes at Origin Africa were on host country Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub for international apparel groups. This year attention switched to the return of Madagascar to the apparel export stage, with the island nation off the southeast coast of Africa bouncing back after the US reinstated its AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) beneficiary status in 2014.

Open source is key in the move to new technology tools 17 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

While some retailers are already enjoying the benefits of 3D design, virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software, others are still struggling to find the best ways to leverage the potential benefits into their businesses.

Latin American makers nervous over Trump victory 15 Nov 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

Donald Trump's election as the next US president is putting Mexico and other Latin American nations on tenterhooks as they wait to see if he is true to his campaign pledges to reboot the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and impose tariffs of 35% on items produced in Mexico.

US apparel imports take a tumble in September 11 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

The volume of US apparel imports saw a sharp downturn month-on-month in September as the back-to-school season came to an end and supply chains were disrupted and goods temporarily stranded following the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Company, the world's seventh-largest shipper. During the month India was the only country in the top ten to book an increase, with China showing the largest decline.

TPP is not going to happen in a Trump administration 10 Nov 2016

Ed Zwirn

International trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), may well fall by the wayside following the upset victory of Republican Donald Trump for the US presidency, participants at the 28th Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference warned yesterday (9 November).

Primark says no plans to hike clothing prices 9 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

Value fashion giant Primark says it has no plans to increase prices next year as the industry considers the potential impact of inflation, the falling value of sterling, and a "hard Brexit" on business and the consumer.

M&S to cut clothing from 60 stores and axe brands 8 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

British retailer Marks & Spencer has announced its biggest shake-up in years, with plans to remove its clothing ranges from 60 stores over the next five years and axe underperforming brands, as first-half pre-tax profit tumbled 88%.

US apparel retailers' October 2016 sales roundup 8 Nov 2016

Beth Wright

Monthly same store sales growth for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their figures has been anaemic since February 2015, but mostly exceeded analyst expectations in October thanks to an uptick in consumer confidence and improving unemployment rates.

Politics, trade and the economy – what's next? 4 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

There's no doubt the perceived impact of globalisation, Britain's decision to leave the European Union, and a US presidential election campaign tinged with protectionist rhetoric are casting a shadow of uncertainty over the global apparel industry and its supply chain. But potential ramifications are still some way off, according to a panel discussion at last week's Kingpins denim sourcing show in Amsterdam.

How technology is helping unravel supply chain challenges 2 Nov 2016

Michelle Russell

Technology has a key role to play in helping brands, retailers and manufacturers to adapt their business models to meet changing consumer demands – be it implementing changes around design, fit or product innovation.

Fashion in flux – figuring out future supply chains 28 Oct 2016

Michelle Russell

Edwin Keh, CEO at the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) believes apparel retailers and brands must take a hard look at their current business models and supply chains if they want to remain competitive into the future.

Cellphone surveys contribute to supply chain insight 28 Oct 2016

Beth Wright

A helpline set up to monitor conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories by encouraging workers to report abuses using their mobile phones has received a total of 92,416 calls since its launch two years ago. But while the initiative is giving retailers and brands more insight into what's really going on in their supply chains, technology alone is not the solution.

How PVH is paving the way for connected apparel 26 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

Earlier this year apparel giant PVH set up Innovation Next, a new department dedicated to preparing for the big ideas coming at the industry – including connected apparel and implications for the supply chain. just-style takes a closer look.

Managing change in the move to new technology tools 25 Oct 2016

Beth Wright

With the road to implementing new technology often a daunting prospect – be it 3D design and virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software – some of the tips for managing the process include clear communication, honest expectations, and good old-fashioned patience.

Pakistan clothing sector seeks help to kickstart exports 25 Oct 2016

Saeed A Baloch

Leaders of Pakistan’s clothing and textile industry have told just-style they are concerned about the sector’s declining exports, and are calling on the federal government to intervene to help reverse this trend.

Fashion fit for the future – five strategies for speed 21 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

The apparel industry has to get faster if it is to remain competitive – and relevant ­– in a rapidly changing environment, according to Ed Gribbin, president at size and fit specialist Alvanon. Speaking at last week's 'Fashion Fit For The Future' event, he set out some strategies and tactics for speed.

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