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Lee Adendorff

Articles by Lee Adendorff

Indonesia moves to solve middle management shortages 6 June 2016

A new textile training academy in the city of Solo on the Indonesian island of Java is an important step towards addressing the critical shortage of middle managers in the country's garment industry, according to chairman of the Indonesia textile association Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API).

Many tools are available to help in the quest for apparel supply chain visibilityReducing risk – How software can help supply chain visibility 2 June 2016

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software have become fundamental tools in the quest for excellence in apparel supply chain visibility. And waiting in the wings is blockchain, the technology underpinning the Bitcoin digital currency by providing a register of transactions – whose potential is already being embraced by supply chain experts.

Sourcing decisions always need to balance compliance, cost and capacitySourcing shifts – Multiple country choices require complex decisions 4 May 2016

While international clothing buyers today have a lot of sourcing choices, this multiplicity of options can bring its own management headaches, making it important that brands make subtle, complex and fluid purchasing decisions to keep ahead of the competition.

2015 saw the launch of several sustainable technologies for garment finishing2015 – A year in review – Sustainability winners and losers 16 December 2015

New fabric finishing technologies and recycling initiatives were among the green garment highlights of 2015, but polyfluorinated chemicals, pollution and forced labour came under fire.

Some garment-making countries are taking an increasing share of the world's apparel business2015 – A year in review – Sourcing winners and losers 16 December 2015

2015 was a mixed bag for many garment-making countries. While some saw exports and investments increase in a critically competitive environment, others were burdened by ongoing industrial unrest, allegations of poverty wages and labour violations, sanctions and currency effects.

Pay disputes and safety violations hampered some suppliers in 20152015 – A year in review – Supplier winners and losers 16 December 2015

Investments in new facilities, automation and technology, and worker training schemes paid dividends for some apparel suppliers in 2015, while others were hampered by pay disputes and safety violations.

Bankruptcy filings and inventory mis-management weighed on some apparel retailers in 20152015 – A year in review – Retail winners and losers 15 December 2015

Online apparel sales, the right product mix at the right price points and a successful stance against counterfeiters helped lift some retailers during 2015, but bankruptcy filings and inventory mis-management weighed on others.

Social media is an important tool to gauge and predict emerging fashion trendsFast fashion: Using technology for a sharper edge 3 November 2015

Sophisticated tools are now commercially available to analyse social media and combine social ‘chatter’ with sales data to have a transformative impact on fast fashion.

The TPP deal remains elusive but its potential is tantalising for clothing brands and manufacturersTrade agreements: TPP deal remains elusive but tantalising 3 September 2015

If the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is agreed by the 12 Asian and Americas countries participating in talks on the deal, it will without doubt be one of the most significant free trade agreements for the clothing and textile industry.

Linking about 40% of the global economy, the TPP would be the world's largest free trade agreementLatest TPP talks fail to clinch a deal 4 August 2015

After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal last week, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress.

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