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Viewpoint: Apparel firms cautiously optimistic about Burma
24 Apr 2012
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?
VIEWPOINT: Has Walmart lost sight of its green vision?
15 Mar 2012
Walmart created a stir back in 2009 when it announced an ambitious programme for sustainability reporting. Its goal was to develop a Sustainability Index to assess the environmental impacts of every item on its shelves and provide an easy rating system to help shoppers make greener choices.
Viewpoint: Cambodia's garment sector faces continued challenges
9 Feb 2012
With much of the success of Cambodia's garment industry based on its well-publicised commitment to basic labour standards, it's perhaps not surprising that the sector finds itself under a spotlight when it comes to wider worker welfare issues. Indeed, several events that have taken place in recent weeks highlight some of the challenges faced by the local industry.
Viewpoint: Will Bangladesh be the next sourcing hotspot?
25 Jan 2012
The global clothes sourcing bandwagon is forever looking for the next hot spot, 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. But is Bangladesh ready to step into the role of sourcing country of choice?
VIEWPOINT: Heel heights and economic insights
22 Nov 2011
The correlation between skirt lengths and economic booms and busts - the so-called hemline index - is not only well documented but even seems to have stood the test of time. In essence, short skirts are a sign of confidence and a precursor to rising stock markets; while longer lengths signify caution and a market downturn.
VIEWPOINT: Has Liz Claiborne reached a turning point?
13 Oct 2011
Five years after taking the helm at Liz Claiborne Inc, it's hard to see exactly what William McComb has achieved. Sales are down, last year it could only muster a loss of $305.7m, and nearly one-quarter of its heyday brands have gone. But yesterday the company was confident it had finally reached a critical turning point.
VIEWPOINT: Apparel and textile industry divided by TPP pact
16 Sep 2011
If ever there was an issue set to divide apparel brands, retailers and textile companies, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is surely it. Described as the most significant negotiation for the US and its regional trade partners since the NAFTA agreement, the yarn forward rule of origin has emerged as one of the most divisive issues.
VIEWPOINT: Short-term contracts exploit Cambodia garment workers
9 Aug 2011
International apparel buyers and their suppliers are being urged to take steps to put an end to the widespread use of short-term employment contracts in the Cambodian garment industry amid concerns the practice not only threatens to erode the industry's competitiveness but also violates labour laws and could lead to widespread unrest.
VIEWPOINT: US apparel retail sales shine in June
8 Jul 2011
While cold weather, storms and flooding dampened demand for spring and summer merchandise in May, US apparel retailers rebounded with a better than expected performance in June after a combination of lower gas prices, sunshine and deep discounting encouraged shoppers to hit the stores.
VIEWPOINT: Why US textile groups fear Vietnam in TPP pact
2 Jun 2011
Even though ongoing talks around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement involve nine nations, for the US textile industry Vietnam is seen as by far the biggest threat.
VIEWPOINT: Apparel continues to drag on Wal-Mart's US unit
18 May 2011
Not only does Wal-Mart Stores' US namesake unit continue to be a drag on its bottom line, but its apparel business continues to weigh particularly heavily on its performance here as well, the world's largest retailer admitted this week.
VIEWPOINT: The yuan's growing role in apparel trade
20 Apr 2011
As the second largest economy in the world, it is perhaps inevitable that China's currency is set to play a bigger role in international trade.
VIEWPOINT: Helping brands stand out in a crowded market
16 Mar 2011
For most apparel retailers and brands, choosing the labels, packaging, price tickets and even RFID tags for the garments they sell is most likely to be a decision made at the end of the design cycle. But Avery Dennison believes elevating it to the beginning of the process not only saves time and money, but can ultimately make products stand out in an increasingly crowded market.
VIEWPOINT: Target makes up for lost time with Canadian move
14 Jan 2011
Having been criticised for being slow to cash in on the potential of international expansion, US discount retailer Target Corp is now making up for lost time with a CAD1.825bn (US$1.83bn) swoop on Canadian discount chain Zellers.
VIEWPOINT: Facing up to forced labour in apparel
16 Dec 2010
While apparel and footwear firms are all too often caught up in concerns over the use of child labour, the industry can take some small comfort from three new reports just released by the US Department of Labor. But the latest findings may also mean the issue of forced labour moves to the forefront of ethical concerns.
VIEWPOINT: J Crew buyout comes under scrutiny
24 Nov 2010
No sooner was the ink dry on the yesterday's announcement of a $3bn takeover deal at apparel retailer J Crew, than a flurry of shareholders began to question whether enough efforts had been made to achieve the highest bid.
VIEWPOINT: Gap's rebranding a disastrous move
13 Oct 2010
Just as BP's disastrous handling of the worst oil spill in US history earlier this year is already a public-relations case study in how not to manage a crisis, so too clothing retailer Gap Inc is likely to be remembered for all the wrong reasons after its rebranding efforts this week.
VIEWPOINT: Cleaning up textile mills makes commercial sense
23 Sep 2010
Plans by two of the world's largest retailers - Walmart and H&M - to work with their Chinese textile suppliers to reduce water, energy, and chemical use in their factories sends out an important message to global supply chains.
VIEWPOINT: What’s the bottom line on Bangladesh?
6 Aug 2010
Far from quelling months of violent protests over pay and conditions, an 80% rise in the minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh has simply led to a fresh wave of violence over claims it still doesn't meet the high cost of living. And as the pay process has proved, there's no quick-fix to the cycle of unrest.
VIEWPOINT: China "cornerstone" of Gap's global growth
24 Jun 2010
US casual clothing retailer Gap Inc first mooted its plans to expand in China, the world's fastest-growing economy, last October - but it is only now, eight months down the line, that more details of this major milestone in the company's global growth have been revealed.
VIEWPOINT: Frank retailers are few and far between
7 Jun 2010
US retailers were last week quick to point the finger of blame for their lacklustre performance in May on a number of factors - ranging from poor weather early in the month which dampened demand for summer merchandise, to the later timing of the Memorial Day calendar, which shifted some sales into June.
VIEWPOINT: Spending cuts and tax hikes burden UK retail
20 May 2010
VIEWPOINT: Spending cuts and tax hikes burden UK retailers
VIEWPOINT: Higher cotton cost tied to economic recovery
4 May 2010
Will the recent decision by the Indian government to halt cotton exports have serious repercussions for garment makers around the globe? The answer, it seems, is yes and no.
VIEWPOINT: Overseas growth key to Fast Retailing's future
8 Apr 2010
At first glance Fast Retailing Co, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Japan's largest clothing retailer, appears to be on the crest of a wave.
VIEWPOINT: Brands can make a fashionable return
16 Mar 2010
In the fickle world of fashion, brands fall in and out of style with alarming regularity. Driven by the relentless quest for what's new, different or improved, shoppers are erratic in their loyalties - and labels that fail to keep up are quick to fall off the fashion radar.
VIEWPOINT: Are retailers responsible for non-compliant factories?
11 Mar 2010
The Bangladeshi apparel industry has a lamentable track record when it comes to factory safety, especially fires. But where does the industry draw the line when it comes to apportioning blame to retailers and buyers?
VIEWPOINT: American Eagle to soar without Martin+Osa
11 Mar 2010
Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters is going back to its roots after deciding to ditch its struggling men's and women's concept Martin+Osa.
COMMENT: Saks to tap shoppers' quest for value
25 Feb 2010
Hit harder than most by the recession after its luxury shoppers put off new purchases, spent less or simply traded down to discounters, it's been nearly two years since upscale retailer Saks Incorporated last posted a quarterly profit.