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Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap,...

Better Work programme poised to expand

The Better Work programme is set to expand its activities and influence over the next few years in an effort to drive up working conditions...

Gap impressed with supply chain improvements

Apparel giant Gap Inc has said it is impressed with how much progress it has made on its supply chain fabric platforming as it shifts its re...

Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show h...

IN THE MONEY: More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands 27 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the firm's strategy as it heads into the second half. Its focus will include more licensing deals and fewer acquisitions.

ANALYSIS: Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue 19 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done. just-style takes a look at the challenges of committing and the need for industry collaboration.

Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign 19 Aug 2014

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.

ANALYSIS: The potential impact of TPP on the US textile industry 18 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

There's no doubt the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has the potential to be a game-changer for both the US textile and apparel industries. For the US textile sector in particular, the inclusion of Vietnam in the pact is seen as a major threat - but new research suggests there may be more to fear from Japan.

IN THE MONEY: JC Penney emphasises new merchandising strategy 15 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

JC Penney has emphasised its commitment to moving back to a merchandising model marked by narrow and deep assortments, as it looks to build on the momentum created to date from its turnaround strategy.

SUSTAINABILITY: Crystal Group nurtures its caring culture 15 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

As one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, Hong Kong based Crystal Group believes its size and continuing growth carry additional responsibilities to "nurture our caring culture."

ANALYSIS: Apparel industry not immune from Russia tensions 15 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Retail shares were among the biggest fallers last week as financial markets reacted to President Vladimir Putin's retaliation to the imposition of sanctions on Russia. While the ban was imposed on food and agricultural imports, the apparel industry is unlikely to be immune from the effects of the standoff, with majors like Adidas already suffering long-standing issues in the country.

ANALYSIS: Target Canada fixes include re-setting its supply chain 13 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Struggling discount retailer Target Canada is tackling its supply chain and merchandising issues as part of broader plans to try to fix its operations in the country - and analysts seem to agree the company is finally heading in the right direction.

IN THE MONEY: New Look halts Russia expansion as tensions rise 13 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

After booking a "stellar" first-quarter performance, UK value fashion retailer New Look has put the brakes on its expansion into Russia, citing concerns over the worsening political situation in the country.

ANALYSIS: US apparel imports show continuing China competitiveness 8 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Half-way through the year and US apparel imports are taking shape to give a broader view of the trends so far - including average unit costs from China falling below those of Bangladesh. Not surprisingly, supply options in the first six months of 2014 point to China and Vietnam as the ongoing winners, while shipments from Bangladesh continue to drop.

US apparel retailers' July 2014 sales roundup 8 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

Aggressive promotions by US apparel retailers in August provided consumers with incentives to shop - leading to better-than-expected comparable store sales growth for the month. The focus is now turning to the upcoming back-to-school shopping season.

IN THE MONEY: Adidas "remains committed" to Russia 8 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

German sporting giant Adidas says it remains "fully committed" to the Russian market, despite plans to close stores and significantly pare back the opening of any new ones in the country this year and next.

ANALYSIS: Apparel retailers balance bricks and clicks 7 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now seeking a sustainable balance between the two - in addition to adapting their supply chains in order not to lose out.

IN THE MONEY: Gildan Activewear leverages its supply chain 6 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

Apparel maker Gildan Activewear is adding new production capacity to support strong demand, streamlining its manufacturing, and adding more complexity to its products in the process.

SOURCING: Organic cotton faces potential supply shortage 5 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Brands and retailers seeking to use more organic cotton in their ranges over the next few years are likely to face a potential supply crisis as new figures show a 21% decline in organic cotton production last year.

SOURCING: Changing business models to drive sustainability 5 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

Executives from fashion brands and manufacturers met in London last month for the Ethical Fashion Forum's annual Source Summit to discuss ways of integrating sustainability into the heart of their businesses. It's not just about doing things better - it's about doing better things, as Katie Smith reports.

SOURCING: Tariff preferences "not enough" for AGOA success 1 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

US Trade Representative Michael Froman has suggested a number of ways to upgrade the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) - including a new “compact” to boost trade and investment with sub-Saharan African nations. Tariff preferences are not enough, he says.

Booming demand boosts Colombia apparel and textiles 31 Jul 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is set to grow 7% to $9bn in 2014, buoyed by strong domestic sales. The forecast comes as sourcing and fashion fair Colombiamoda raised $308m in its 25th edition, after a three-in-one integration bet proved a wise investment.

TECHNOLOGY: Fung Capital helps PLM firm expand into Asia 30 Jul 2014

Kitty So

Fung Capital is investing in US-based Centric Software, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software to the apparel industry, helping the US company's expansion into Asia.

ANALYSIS: UK retail profit warnings hit new high 29 Jul 2014

Michelle Russell

Intense competition, pricing pressure and currency headwinds are still denting UK retailer's expectations of an economic recovery, taking profit warnings to their highest first-half total for three years, new figures reveal.

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