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David Birnbaum

Articles by David Birnbaum

BangladeshCOMMENT: Bangladesh's garment trend lines look pretty poor 6 June 2014

Bangladesh's share of the US apparel market has been in decline since February this year. But a closer look at the figures shows that while it is holding up in basic men's wear, women's wear fashion is on a downward trajectory.


COMMENT: Bangladesh heading for sourcing history? 28 April 2014

Just six months ago the major brand importers and giant transnational factories were rushing to build state-of-the-art operations in Bangladesh, despite the Rana Plaza and Tazreen mishaps. Where are they now? asks David Birnbaum.


ChinaComment: Bangladesh industry development moving backwards 14 April 2014

Despite the many claims to the contrary, it would appear that China's share of the US garment export market has failed to decline - while at the same time, Bangladesh's garment export market share has failed to rise.


MyanmarComment: Sourcing segmentation is at odds with the data 28 March 2014

The latest word is "segmentation": a trend whereby China is losing its position as a low-cost garment exporter and other countries have stepped up to claim their part of the manufacturing pie. The problem, says David Birnbaum, is that the concept is somewhat at odds with the data.


Benchmark study India: Part III - Garment industry and public welfare 3 March 2014

This is the third article in a series describing an ongoing project being carried out in India's apparel export sector. Here, David Birnbaum looks at some more reasons why India's garment-export industry is trapped in an environment of stagnation.


Benchmark study India: Part II – Structural obstacles and systemic barriers 10 February 2014

This is the second article in a series describing an ongoing project being carried out in India's apparel export sector. Here, David Birnbaum looks at the structural obstacles and systemic barriers contributing to the decline of India's garment industry.


The benchmark study has brought IndiaBenchmark study India: Part I - The project 6 February 2014

This is the first article in a series describing an ongoing project being carried out in India's apparel export sector. Its author, David Birnbaum, hopes the research will help consultants and industry leaders in other countries to better understand the problems relating to strategic industrial change on a national level.


Finding a South Asian alternative to Bangladesh may prove difficultComment: South Asia's role in the post-Bangladesh world 3 February 2014

While it may be too early to state with any degree of certainty that the Bangladesh bubble has burst, most sourcing professionals now accept that the bubble has developed sizeable leaks. These same sourcing professionals are also taking fast action not be caught in an increasingly probable implosion. The question, David Birnbaum asks, is where to move the Bangladesh business?


Comment: The cheap labour myth 27 January 2014

Successful garment exporters are taking a more academic approach to sourcing product. Instead of moving to the latest cheap labour country, their strategy is to reduce overhead by increasing worker productivity, training, and capital investment in cutting edge machinery. David Birnbaum explains why.


Transnational factory groups are transforming the global garment industryOutlook 2014: Three key shifts in the global garment industry 13 January 2014

From the rise of the billion dollar transnational factory giants to the bursting of the Bangladesh bubble and the decline of the retail store, David Birnbaum offers his take on the key apparel industry issues to watch in 2014.


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