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Fashion's new frontiers: managing sourcing risk

Faced with an increasingly complex sourcing environment, more volatility and less predictable consumer demand, retailers and brands are havi...

Retailers react to India forced labour allegations

A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M b...

Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign

In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing fa...

Wearable technology a key trend for 2015

Wearable technology, synced mobile devices, the growing on-demand culture of the digital world, and an increasing awareness of corporate mis...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 30 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

More than 180 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.


Next Q3 trading update: What the analysts say 29 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Unseasonably warm weather in October has weighed on sales of autumn merchandise at UK fashion retailer Next Plc. The group missed its third-quarter expectations and this morning (29 October) saw its share price fall 1.63% on the trading update. Analysts have offered mixed views on the results.


Moisture management fabrics enter a new era 29 Oct 2014

Textiles Intelligence

Moisture management fabric technology has entered a new era as manufacturers and retailers respond to growing demand by consumers for ever greater levels of performance from their garments.


Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally 28 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.


Tesco's H1 profit plunge: What the analysts say 23 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

In an unsurprising announcement this-morning (23 October), troubled UK retail behemoth Tesco posted a 92% decline in first-half profits, weighed down by its higher-than-expected accounting error. While many analysts believe Tesco can now draw a line under its darkest days, views are mixed on how fast a turnaround, if any, is likely for the business.


Prospects for the British fashion industry: Quote/unquote 23 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

Textile and apparel brands, manufacturers and retailers assembled in London this week to discuss the prospects for Britain's fashion industry. Domestic manufacturing, sector skills, and wearable technology were among the main points discussed. Here is a selection of comments made at the keynote seminar, organised by the Westminster Media Forum.


Asos FY profit drop: What the analysts say 21 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Online apparel retailer Asos this morning (21 October) booked a mixed set of full-year results as sales soared but profits fell due to a combination of factors including a strong pound, operational investments and the impact of a fire at its main warehouse.


Colombia trade minister vows to aid struggling exporters 21 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Colombia's Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Cecilia Alvarez-Correa has pledged to support the country's beleaguered textile exporters at a time when imports outpace exports three-to-one.


Marks & Spencer to extend mobile phone monitoring 17 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Retailer Marks & Spencer is planning to extend a programme that allows it to survey workers in its clothing supplier factories on their mobile phones, following the success of a one-year trial of the scheme.


Outdoor industry's future must be more inclusive 17 Oct 2014

Debra Cobb

"The outdoors is not just for the hardcore outdoorsman," declared NPD's chief industry analyst for sports and leisure trends, Marshal Cohen, at last week's Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Rendezvous, which took place in Asheville, North Carolina.


China tightens up on corporate social responsibility 16 Oct 2014

Jens Kastner

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


ANALYSIS: Factoring - a lifeline for apparel suppliers? 15 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

The role played by factoring in the apparel supply chain came under the spotlight last week with reports suggesting that factoring companies have scaled back on coverage to vendors supplying department store retailer Sears Holdings. However, the transaction offers a lifeline to many apparel makers, and is seeing a resurgence as a major source of capital for the industry.


Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc 14 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.


Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments 14 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.


Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork 14 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.


Potential operational paralysis ahead for Tesco 13 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

The audit report of Tesco's commercial teams could, analysts believe, create operational paralysis for Tesco ahead of the very busy Christmas build-up.


Vietnam surges ahead in US apparel import gains 10 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Spurred on by the back-to-school season and fears of potential disruption to shipments of holiday merchandise amid the dockworkers contract dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports in August reached their highest level in more than a year.


US apparel retailers' September 2014 sales roundup 10 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

As back-to-school shopping tailed off in the first part of September, so too did sales for many US apparel retailers. Negative surprises from the likes of Gap, outweighed better-than-expected results from retailers such as L Brands & Zumiez.


European suppliers see investment key to new business 10 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

High prices, lack of government investment and an ageing workforce are among the challenges faced by European textile and garment producers. But exhibitors at the annual Fashion SVP sourcing event in London are choosing to invest in new machinery and people in the hope of opening up new opportunities. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


IAF convention calls for innovation and fashion inclusion 9 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Global apparel brands must boost innovation and put customers at the centre of their growth strategies in order to survive an increasingly challenging market, industry executives said at the International Apparel Federation's 30th Fashion Convention in Colombia last week.


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