Top ten comment articles on just-style in 2012...
Among the most-read comment articles on just-style this year were a look at China's competitiveness and the sourcing potential of Bangladesh and Burma, as well as the challenges facing retailers including Gap, Marks & Spencer, and Wal-Mart.
- Bangladesh's surprising fall in garment sales
It's a widely held belief that Bangladesh is going to be the biggest beneficiary of any move of garment sourcing out of China. But not only is the volume of Bangladeshi exports slowing, prices are also inflating - and a serious shortage of manufacturing capacity means the country is struggling to cope with extra demand. Mike Flanagan looks at the issues.
- Will Bangladesh be the next sourcing hotspot?
The global clothes sourcing bandwagon is forever looking for the next hotspot, especially as nearly two decades of apparel price deflation comes to an end and worries continue to escalate about raw material and labour costs, capacity issues and the overall competitiveness of China.
- Strategies for success - the problem with Gap
In his fifth, and final, article in a series looking at strategies to succeed in a period of industry decline, David Birnbaum explains why he believes US retailer Gap has been going consistently downhill for the past 10 years.
- Apparel firms cautiously optimistic about Burma
In its constant search for cheaper and cheaper production bases around the world, there are few places the apparel and textile industry has left untouched. But could Burma - also called Myanmar - be the next frontier?
- Apparel 'slumpflation' is all-round confusing
The biggest problem the world apparel industry faces at the start of 2012 is the ongoing combination of rising product costs and falling sales. The 'Great Apparel Slumpflation of winter 2011/2012,' as he calls it, is confusing everyone, everywhere, according to Mike Flanagan.
- Luxury no longer immune to macroeconomic pressures
The luxury sector has largely been a beacon of stability as the rest of the clothing sector has struggled with the shocks provided by the uncertain macroeconomic environment over the past few years.
- Strategies for success - the retailer's road to failure
In the third of a series of articles looking at strategies to succeed in a period of industry decline, David Birnbaum looks at the reasons why so many fashion brands and retailers are doomed to fail.
- A reality check about "uncompetitive China"
Towards the end of 2011, apparel imports into the US and EU suddenly collapsed. But this had less to do with falling consumer demand and more to do with Asian producers raising their prices, says Mike Flanagan. But many manufacturers still mistakenly believe there is some substantial alternative to Europe and North America as a source of orders.
- M&S faces continuing challenges in clothing
Marks & Spencer, the UK's largest clothing retailer, is shaking up its senior management team after booking a 5.1% drop in first quarter general merchandise sales. Here, Petah Marian looks at the challenges the new executives will face as they attempt to turn around its clothing division.
- Wal-Mart focuses on better international returns
Retail giant Wal-Mart is focused on improving returns from international markets where it already has a presence, rather than entering new countries, according to Doug McMillon, CEO of the retailer's operations outside the US, as he met analysts in Canada last week.
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 ...
Closing the loop in the clothing supply chain is continuing to make progress, with more brands beginning to launch products that use recycled fibres. ...
Retailer Marks & Spencer issued a rallying cry for sustainability at its Plan A supplier conference today, where former US vice president and environmental activist Al Gore talked about some of the is...
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group has launched version two of its Joint Roadmap, aimed at attaining a "new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwea...
Textile and garment industry workers in Jordan have reached an agreement with two employer associations that should lead to better working conditions....
US lawmakers are seeking assurances that garments made in Bangladesh and sold at stores on US military bases are sourced from factories that comply with new codes on fire and building safety....
A double-digit hike in corporate apparel sales and a 4.4% rise in retail revenues helped retailer Men's Wearhouse to post a 23% increase in first quarter net profit....
Canadian department store retailer Hudson's Bay has seen its first-quarter losses narrow to CAD80.7m (US$79.4m) for the 13 weeks to 4 May, boosted by strong sales at its namesake stores growth as well...
- M&S to launch supply chain human rights policy
- Nike reaffirms US production commitment
- VF pushes ahead on chemicals management
- M&S project benefits garment worker health
- Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability
- Myanmar minimum wage set at US$3.2 per day
- China cotton stockpile auction may shake up market
- Far Eastern to invest $323m in Vietnam textile hub
- C&A to add "accurate fit" label to garments
- US retail landscape "mediocre" over next 5 years