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Vietnam factories face fire safety challenge

Blocked fire exits and a lack of proper equipment and training highlight a “persistently high” level of non-compliance with fire safety stan...

Top company strategic reviews of 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...

Bangladesh: The business benefits of compliance

Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices?...

Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports?

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it work...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 17 Dec 2014

Katie Smith

Some 190 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 last year.


IN THE MONEY: Lululemon confident of turning a corner 12 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Canadian yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica says it has turned an important corner and will be relentless about accelerating forward, after revealing third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.


Bangladesh falls further as US apparel imports grow 10 Dec 2014

Katie Smith

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.


Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign - update 10 Dec 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.


Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality 5 Dec 2014

Jozef De Coster

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


US apparel retailers' November 2014 sales roundup 5 Dec 2014

Katie Smith

Early Black Friday promotions, falling fuel prices, and labour market improvements all helped the majority of US apparel retailers to record better-than-expected comparable store sales growth in November.


Global footwear to strengthen but challenges continue 4 Dec 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

The global footwear industry is expected to grow 4-5% to nearly $200bn next year as a firming global economy fuels consumer demand for leading brands such as Nike or Steve Madden, industry executives say.


ANALYSIS: Is Black Friday losing its lustre? 1 Dec 2014

Leonie Barrie

Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping, and an improving economy appear to be changing the way US consumers approach what has traditionally been the biggest shopping weekend of the year.


US footwear trade and sourcing snapshot 26 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 4% to US$23.8bn last year on the back of a sizeable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports, an annual trade report has shown.


China's apparel sector eyes more sustainable industry 26 Nov 2014

Elsa Reed

China's clothing and textile manufacturers want to create a sustainable industry unreliant on cheap labour and poor environmental performance, but one that supplies competitive quality output that attracts international sales.


US textile and apparel trade and sourcing snapshot 26 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, retailers continued to diversify their supply chains, and Asia continues to dominate imports into the US.


Rethink needed as low-cost labour options dwindle 25 Nov 2014

Richard Woodard

Apparel businesses need to end the race from one low-cost sourcing country to another and rethink their entire sourcing philosophy in the future, according to a new report.


Customer input "part of the process" at Gerber Technology 25 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

To ensure its customers are "part of the process" when it comes to developing its CAD and PLM solutions, Gerber Technology's annual Ideation event gives them a platform to help set the agenda for future products. This year, faster development, improved workflow and better visibility were among the challenges up for discussion.


Slow fashion: a fast-growing opportunity? 24 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

Decidedly at odds with fast fashion, the slow fashion movement offers an alternative to mass-produced clothing and is steadily gaining momentum. But while some believe more work is required if the message is to really take off, others see it as an ideal opportunity for middle market players.


African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive 21 Nov 2014

Bertha M Rinjeu

Greater integration and cooperation among African states is needed to boost business and investment in the continent's cotton, textiles and apparel sector, a three-day industry conference in Nairobi, Kenya, has been told.


UK fashion sector prospects depend on partnerships 20 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

Another industry event looking at prospects for the British fashion industry has homed in on the need for partnership and collaboration if the sector is to thrive once more. Industry experts suggest working together on domestic manufacturing, rebuilding sector skills and technology trends, reports Katie Smith.


US retailers to face logistics issues into 2015 19 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

On top of mounting concerns over the impact of worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise arriving at US west coast ports, analysts are now warning retailers and manufacturers to expect tighter capacity and higher shipping rates to persist into 2015.


New wage ladder lifts garment workers towards living wages 19 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

An online tool to help apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers work towards improved wages for garment workers in global supply chains has been updated in a move that marks another step towards the eventual provision of a living wage.


New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles 17 Nov 2014

Debra Cobb

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.


Uzbekistan forces more adults into 2014 cotton harvest 17 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

The Uzbekistan government has continued to use "systematic, mass forced labour" in this year's cotton harvest, campaigners say, claiming more adults had to work against their will to make up for a reduction in the number of children in the fields.


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