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Abercrombie & Fitch to lose logos in fashion focus

Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co is aiming to remove the logos from its garments on sale in North America by next spring as it f...

Major economic reforms needed in China: US report

The Chinese government faces a number of serious challenges if it is to maintain the country’s recent rapid economic growth in the longer te...

Gap audits reveal compliance issues in Myanmar

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its d...

Wool makes a comeback as a 21st century fibre

While global wool production for the 2014/2015 year is forecast to be at its lowest level for 70 years, its prospects for future growth are...

SOURCING: Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains 29 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight. And with water scarcity posing a potential risk to the global cotton industry, the apparel supply chain is being urged to do more to tackle the fibre's huge water footprint.

ANALYSIS: Back-to-school spending a waiting game 29 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

The second biggest shopping season of the year is drawing to a close, but it appears many people have yet to wrap up their back-to-school buying. With consumers continuing to remain cautious about their spending, promotions and bargains are set to drive sales for clothing and footwear retailers this year - with those offering on-trend product likely to fare best.

SOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness 28 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, new research suggests.

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.

SOURCING: Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

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, which it hopes will capture new customers in new categories and countries, and increase the group's cross-selling activities.

ANALYSIS: Better Work programme poised to expand 26 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

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 across the global garment industry.

IN THE MONEY: Gap impressed with supply chain platforming progress 22 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

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 relationships from vendor-based to mill-based.

SOURCING: Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain 20 Aug 2014

Thomas Maresca

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 held in Phnom Penh over the weekend.

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.

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