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Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

Nicaragua apparel and shoe firms to double in size

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet ri...

Will Vietnam struggle with impending trade deals?

Clothing and textile industry specialists have warned just-style that the Vietnam-European Union (EU) free-trade deal struck earlier this mo...

Yuan devaluation impact mixed for garment firms

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan to...


IN THE MONEY: Gap bullish on China growth opportunities 25 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

US retail giant Gap Inc has said it remains bullish on its long-term growth prospects in China despite the yuan deflation, while also revealing it is on track with its strategic restructuring.


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 24 Aug 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.


Millennials to separate apparel retail winners and losers 20 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Millennial consumers are coming of age, with UK forecasts suggesting their spending on fashion over the next five years will grow at double the rate of apparel spend overall. Which means retailers need to have a strong digital presence and sophisticated product delivery in order to benefit, according to new research.


Hong Kong apparel industry pins future on innovation 19 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

China's rise over the past two decades as the leading location for apparel sourcing has had a knock-on effect on neighbouring Hong Kong, shifting its role from that of a manufacturer to a servicing and sourcing hub. And its competitive advantage going forward is likely to lie in innovation, industry executives suggest.


Colombia pushes fabric innovation to the fore 19 Aug 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is boosting innovation with a string of brands highlighting products featuring coffee-based fibres, slimming and quick-dry benefits during the recent Colombiamoda trade fair.


IN THE MONEY: JC Penney reiterates focus on supply chain efficiency 19 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

US department store retailer JC Penney has said it will continue to focus on enhancing the efficiency of its supply chain as one of a number of levers to help drive gross margin improvement.


TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas 18 Aug 2015

Ed Zwirn

Defying high hopes, last month's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hawaii failed to result in a deal, leaving US textile and apparel companies in the lurch when it comes to everything from sourcing outlooks to export scenarios. And industry executives now warn that the TPP may unravel unless it is agreed by Christmas.


US outdoor industry ponders growth amidst change 17 Aug 2015

Debra Cobb

With US outdoor specialty store sales up by 5.2% to US$3.8bn, and sales of outdoor apparel up 7.9% to $3.2bn (according to NPD Leisure Trends), the outdoor industry had reason to celebrate at the recent Outdoor Retailer (OR) Summer Market, held earlier this month in Salt Lake City. But despite the strong sales figures, the industry is facing an array of challenges brought on by changing demographics, new sales channels, and unprecedented growth, as Debra Cobb reports.


Who has pledged to ban the use of angora? 17 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

More than 90 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.


Where next for sustainability in fashion? 14 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.


China's yuan devaluation to impact textile and clothing sector 13 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Exchange rate variations could “significantly” influence China's textile and apparel exports, a consultancy has suggested, after the government cut the guiding rate for the yuan for a third consecutive day.


Sourcing in East Africa: Collaboration key to success 13 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Interest in East Africa as a potential apparel sourcing destination has been on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest the road ahead won't be an easy one.


What is the ethical role of buyers in a supply chain? 12 Aug 2015

Guest author

As is well-accepted in the business community, buyers are responsible for what they source and who they source from - especially if that product or service is used directly to create their own product or service. Joel Borgquist, president of supply chain ethics consultancy ETiK, takes a look at the ethical role of the buyer in the supply chain.


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' July 2015 retail roundup 11 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

July proved to be a difficult month for the apparel chains reporting monthly sales, with several hurt by tax holiday shifts in some southern states into August from July last year. As a result, retailers are not heading into the key back-to-school selling season with much momentum.


Myanmar’s shoe making sector poised for growth 11 Aug 2015

Jessica Mudditt

New skills programmes and increased foreign investment in footwear manufacturing in Myanmar appear set to generate growth in a sector that, to date, has lagged behind the country’s garment industry.


Vietnam and Bangladesh lead US apparel import gains in June 6 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Apparel imports into the US continued to rise in June, as retailers stocked up in anticipation of a busy spring and summer. While China remained top of the table, with growth accelerating from the month before, strong double-digit gains were booked by three of the top-ten supplier counties: Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia.


Latest TPP talks fail to clinch a deal 4 Aug 2015

Lee Adendorff

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal last week, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress.


SOURCING: Supply chain mapping using the Bitcoin blockchain 31 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.


Mexican makers see growth in exports and local demand 30 Jul 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexico's textiles and apparel industry expects revenues to grow 4% to roughly MXN26bn (US$1.6bn) in 2015, helped by a bounce-back in US exports and buoyant domestic demand, industry observers say.


SOURCING: Euro decline weighs on Turkish clothing industry 29 Jul 2015

Nick Ashdown

Turkish clothing exporters are facing tough times, with the falling euro taking a big bite out of Turkish ready-to-wear clothing export revenues, at a time when weak economic performance across Europe is dampening its key markets. But there could also be a silver lining, executives tell just-style.


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