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Retailers warned of high volatility in Brexit wake

Retailers need to prepare for a period of high volatility, is the message from analysts in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European...

US fashion firms share their sourcing strategies

Concerns about market competition in the United States have for the first time surpassed worries about rising production and sourcing costs,...

Brexit campaigning reaches final stages

As the final day of campaigning ahead of the UK's vote on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU) ramps up, retailers a...

Cost biggest barrier to Bangladesh RMG remediation

High interest rates, a lack of financial literacy and an unwillingness among factory managers are proving to be the main barriers to obtaini...

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins 16 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model that will help retailers improve margins, analysts have said.

Japan helps Angola restore textile and apparel sector 16 Jun 2016

Keith Nuthall

Japanese international trading house Marubeni Corp has teamed up with US based clothing and textile management consultants Werner International in rehabilitating a textiles factory in Angola to produce denim and knitwear products. The move is part of a long-term plan by the Angolan government to restore its clothing and textile sector, which was severely damaged by the country's civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 2002. 

New UK cotton mill adds to made-in-Britain momentum 16 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

Cotton spinning could be about to enjoy a revival in the UK with the imminent opening of a new mill in the north of England, which claims to be the most modern in the world and will spin the highest quality yarns for high-end apparel.

Child labour challenges in Myanmar's garment sector 13 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

Widespread poverty, low rates of secondary schooling, and lax labour law enforcement are being blamed for the presence of child labour in Myanmar's garment sector, with a new report suggesting the risk factors could increase as the manufacturing sector grows.

Honduras hopes to invest $3.4bn to double apparel exports 13 Jun 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

Honduras is set to more than double apparel exports and production as part of a new $3.4bn development plan, according to a top industry executive.

Faster supply chain is key to Ralph Lauren turnaround 9 Jun 2016

Beth Wright

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed this week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO Stefan Larsson, including a new test pipeline, shorter lead times, reduced inventory and a focus on fewer styles and more on-trend merchandise.

New Mexico textile import rules hamper apparel trade 9 Jun 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexico is being urged to overhaul a newly expanded set of import reference prices US apparel makers say are hampering trade, causing delays and blocking much-needed fabric imports at a time when the country continues to lose market share to Vietnam and Central America.

Retailers struggle to shift from cheap and fast to sustainable 8 Jun 2016

Jozef De Coster

The Foreign Trade Association's inaugural Sustainability Conference has highlighted the need for cooperation and dialogue throughout the supply chain to achieve tangible results and long-lasting improvements in human rights, environment and trade policy. And, as Jozef De Coster reports, it also heard how European retailers are struggling to transition from cheap and fast to sustainable.

China bucks decline in US apparel imports in April 6 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel imports into the US continued to take a downward turn in April, albeit at a much slower rate than the month before. While shipments from China – the largest supplier of apparel to the US – saw double-digit gains, but Bangladesh and Vietnam reported unexpected declines from the year before. 

US apparel retailers' May 2016 sales roundup 6 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

April showers did not bring forth May revenue flowers as the slow start to the spring season continued for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales.

Mauritius on a mission to elevate manufacturing credentials 3 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has established a solid reputation over the years as a manufacturer of high-tech, high-end clothing. And the Indian Ocean island nation is keener than ever to build on its strengths through investment in innovation and geographic expansion, as industry executives tell just-style. 

Why Central America must make better use of DR-CAFTA 27 May 2016

Ivan Castano Freeman

Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) with the United States, and move to leverage the so-called staging categories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to boost its competitiveness, according to experts.

How M&S plans to revamp its clothing business 25 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

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 lowering prices and improving style, fit and quality – after the troubled unit saw like-for-like sales slump 2.9% over the past year.

UK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth 24 May 2016

Michelle Russell

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 quality of the garments they buy, new opportunities are opening up for retailers to  play up to the strengths of sourcing closer to consumers. 

Footwear to see "significant" gains from TPP 23 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant gains seen in both US imports and exports.

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.

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