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Software solutions enhance speed and visibility

Tools for improved colour communication, 3D design and prototyping, and the integration of key business functions were unveiled at the recen...

Supply chain weighs on Kering's green footprint

Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding – and changing – the environmental footprint of its business by...

Tanzania adds to Africa’s apparel sourcing mix

Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are all ramping up their efforts to put Africa on the apparel sourcing map with a range of policies designed to e...

What Marks & Spencer's numbers mean for clothing

The annual results from UK retailer Marks & Spencer have raised hopes among investors that the group is facing a brighter future. Headlines...

Texprocess & Techtextil 2015: Material innovations 22 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

A number of new eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that only offer more sustainable choices for clothing and footwear were on show at this month's Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Waterborne polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics, thermoregulating fibres, and re-engineered wool-based yarns were among the highlights.

Broad-based policies essential for garment industry 19 May 2015

Michelle Russell

Broad-based policies are essential to improve poor garment industry working conditions and promote a better balance between the economic and social benefits of global supply chains, a new report suggests.

Texprocess 2015: Where next for 3D design and prototyping? 18 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

There’s no doubt 3D design and virtual prototyping is a potential disruptor to the traditional way the apparel industry does business, from sampling and pattern making to the creation of 3D digital catalogues and a range of customer-centric services. And with it, comes debate on how the tools are re-writing the rules.

Apparel buyers miss out on commodity cost savings 14 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

Apparel and footwear brands and retailers should be benefiting from tumbling commodity prices, especially for oil and cotton - but many are missing out on significant savings by failing to truly understand their value chains.

Texprocess 2015: Setlog portal “monitors down to the mill” 14 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

Visibility into the entire apparel and textile supply chain – or “monitoring down to the mill” – is one of the biggest challenges facing brands and retailers – and one that a new software tool aims to tackle.

Texprocess 2015: Methods Workshop speeds labour cost calculations 14 May 2015

Leonie Barrie

The latest software from Methods Workshop is designed to help retailers, brands and manufacturers accurately predict a garment’s labour costs by answering just a few questions about the product – and lets them compare costs across different sourcing locations.

India leads the charge in GOTS certifications 13 May 2015

Richard Woodard

Hundreds of production facilities in India joined the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2014, helping the initiative to increase its certifications by 18% over the year.

SUSTAINABILITY: Puma promises tougher supplier audits 12 May 2015

Richard Woodard

Tougher and more regular supplier audits and the phasing out of hazardous chemicals form part of Puma’s new sustainability strategy – but the company admits it still has to work to do on the use of recycled materials.

UPDATE: US apparel retailers' April 2015 retail roundup 12 May 2015

Katie Smith

A shift in the timing of Easter, coupled with the lingering adverse effects of the West Coast port delays, as well as an economic soft patch in the first quarter, led to the majority of US apparel retailers recording comparable store sales declines in April.

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 11 May 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.

China leads March US apparel import surge 6 May 2015

Katie Smith

Apparel imports into the US surged in March as cargo volumes at west coast ports started to clear. The top three supplier countries booked double-digit increases, with China leading the way, Vietnam bouncing back from its first decline in more than two years, and Bangladesh rising further.

SUSTAINABILITY: Crystal Group eyes “mega-capacity” in Vietnam 6 May 2015

Michelle Russell

Garment maker Crystal Group sees Vietnam as its "new star", with expansion projects under way that the company hopes will increase sweater production seven-fold over the next four years, and T-shirt production three-fold.

ZDHC says “tangible progress” being made 5 May 2015

Richard Woodard

The ZDHC Group continues to make progress in a number of areas to help the textile industry improve its record on environmental sustainability, according to its annual report.

TECHNOLOGY: Three tipping points for RFID in fashion 30 Apr 2015

Guest author

In recent years, a growing number of retail RFID use cases have clearly demonstrated the benefits of being able to track inventory at the item level, leading to better shelf replenishment and fewer out of stocks. Su Doyle, responsible for industry solutions at US product identification manufacturer CheckPoint Systems, looks at the three driving factors for RFID adoption in the apparel industry.

Cotton “too diverse” for fixed sustainability plan 29 Apr 2015

Richard Woodard

The diversity of cotton farming systems around the world rules out the development of a fixed global blueprint on sustainability, according to a new report.

DENIM DAYS: Suppliers weigh up industry challenges 29 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

"There are too many brands, too many certifications, too much confusion on every level of what's good and what's bad". That's the message from Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins jeans supply chain show, which took place in Amsterdam earlier this month.

Better Cotton Initiative “racing” to 2020 target 28 Apr 2015

Richard Woodard

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) enjoyed a record year in 2014 and is surging towards its long-term objective of achieving a 30% share of global production.

SOURCING: Apparel buyers point to potential in Africa 27 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

Interest in sourcing apparel from sub-Saharan Africa might be on the rise, yet the results of new survey suggest few players currently have concrete plans to tap into its potential.

SOURCING: China undisputed giant of garment exports 27 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

Despite interest in East Africa as a future apparel making hub, it is likely to remain a small part of the global sourcing map over the next five years. Instead, China continues to dominate global garment exports, with Bangladesh and Vietnam the top alternatives.

DENIM DAYS: New technologies transforming production 27 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

Behind every innovative item of clothing is likely to be an innovative technology. Coupled with the drive towards a more sustainable supply chain, some exciting new developments are emerging, from ozone and laser technology to nanobubbles and odour prevention - all of which were presented at this month's Amsterdam Denim Days event.

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