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Why traceability has key role in social compliance

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability...

Overcapacity in China could reshape fibre markets

In advance of the World Fibres Conference in Hong Kong later this year, Will Chapman, PCI Wood Mackenzie's head of fibres, assesses how exce...

What does supply chain mapping really mean?

The recent pledge by British prime minister Theresa May to invest a further GBP33m in fighting modern slavery, coupled with the importance o...

Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing issue

The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Globa...

Global supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC 23 Aug 2016

Dr Sheng Lu

From the new sourcing landscape, to increasing interest in ‘Made in USA’ apparel, and updates on sourcing destinations and sustainability, Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, presents his first thoughts from last week’s Sourcing at MAGIC trade show.

The Flanarant – Why voters don’t want more global supply chains 19 Aug 2016

Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he writes, did I hear my opponents – or anyone in Britain's new, Brexit-friendly government – say they wanted to reject global integration or repudiate over 30 years of globalisation.

Labelling – The importance of the fine print 17 Aug 2016

Guest author

There are few things worse in the apparel business than developing and manufacturing a great product that can't find its way to the retail floor because it’s stuck in customs with a labelling issue. Here J Anthony Hardenburgh, VP, global content, Amber Road, unravels some of the rules and regulations of what needs to be said – and how.

The Flanarant – Bangladesh must face up to new industry threats 8 Aug 2016

Mike Flanagan

In late June and early July, Bangladesh's garment industry was hit by a number of new long-term threats. But the industry's leaders appear unaware of the real severity these threats posed to their viability, writes Mike Flanagan.

Lazy stores lead to limp profits – Comment 2 Aug 2016

Emma Birnbaum

Brick-and-mortar retailers are losing massive quantities of sales by dismally failing to provide an engaging shopping environment, writes Emma Birnbaum. Instead, they should be providing a seamless eexperience by creating a personalised and painless purchasing process, and providing as much product and user information as possible.

Textiles – the spear of globalisation and a world divided 1 Aug 2016

Robert P Antoshak

In today's hyper-charged political and economic environment, Britain's vote to turn away from the EU may be a one-off occurrence – or it may be a harbinger of the future. Should Trump become president, the rejection of globalisation on both sides of the Atlantic can only spell trouble for retailers and their multinational supply chains, writes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. 

Brexit blow to global apparel industry confidence 26 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

It is likely to be at least two years before the global apparel industry fully understands the implications of last month's vote by the UK to sever ties with the European Union (EU), according to a new survey carried out by just-style.

Sir Philip Green blamed for the collapse of BHS 25 Jul 2016

Michelle Russell

"What kind of man is it who can count his fortune in billions but does not know what decent behaviour is?" The words of Rt Hon Frank Field MP, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, will be stark reading for retail tycoon Sir Philip Green after British MPs today (25 July) published a damning report into the collapse of the BHS retail chain.

Why fast fashion isn't a case of one size fits all 22 Jul 2016

Guest author

The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, industry strategy director, Infor Fashion, takes a closer look at some of the secrets of its success.

Brexit Trade Focus – How does a CANZ-UK FTA stack up? 22 Jul 2016

Mike Flanagan

As the UK government prepares the ground for new post-Brexit free trade deals, Mike Flanagan will, over the coming months, be evaluating their potential impact on the garment industry. Here he begins by looking at the first proposed deals with Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

US forced labour ban requires apparel supply chain scrutiny 7 Jul 2016

Guest author

Renewed interest in a US law banning the entry of imported goods made with forced or indentured labour requires manufacturers, US importers, brands and retailers to scrutinise their supply chains, writes Brenda A Jacobs of Sidley Austin LLP, a Washington DC based international trade lawyer and licensed customs broker.

Why Victoria's Secret is ditching swimwear for gymwear 1 Jul 2016

Bernadette Kissane

Victoria's Secret is preparing to take its fitness performance to the next level after deciding to ditch beachwear and focus on sportswear instead. Bernadette Kissane, senior analyst for apparel and footwear at Euromonitor International, looks at why it is departing a category it dominated. 

Brexit and the apparel industry – what lies ahead? 28 Jun 2016

Mike Flanagan

The apparel industry must accept Brexit is going to happen – and start planning now in order to try to minimise the damage, writes Mike Flanagan, in his latest assessment of the UK's vote to turn its back on the European Union (EU).

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next? 24 Jun 2016

Leonie Barrie

Britain’s vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel itself from the network of institutions and bureaucracy in Brussels. 

How apparel retailers should react to Britain’s Brexit 24 Jun 2016

Mike Flanagan

The UK yesterday (23 June) voted in favour of ‘Brexit,’ a decision that means the country will leave the European Union (EU) – well, soon. Mike Flanagan believes British apparel brands and retailers stand to gain a lot from post-Brexit trade negotiations, but only if they sharpen up their acts.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics – the sustainability version 22 Jun 2016

David Birnbaum

Garment making is to a large degree a model for sustainability, says David Birnbaum, adding that those working towards greater sustainability have an obligation to be transparent and accurate. What is not needed is input from those who lack the experience and knowledge to help.

Trump’s China tariff makes for a self-serving sound-bite 17 Jun 2016

Robert P Antoshak

Taking a closer look at threats by Donald Trump to slap steep tariffs on US imports from China, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, believes they would batter Chinese exporters but not take them out of the market entirely. In fact, he concludes, all the Republican presidential front-runner’s plans would do is accelerate the move out of China that is already underway.

How data and transparency can encourage better buying 8 Jun 2016

Guest author

A new Better Buying initiative is being planned to eliminate the barriers to code of conduct compliance caused by apparel buyers' purchasing practices. Here the scheme's co-founder Dr Marsha Dickson explains why data and transparency will  inform buyers about the challenges they are placing on suppliers – and enable them to track improvements over time.

The Flanarant – Why no other countries will step into China’s shoes 7 Jun 2016

Mike Flanagan

There's no doubt China faces a number of challenges, ranging from slowing economic growth to growing retail competition and – in March at least – a massive drop in year-on-year exports to the US. Continuing to expect the Chinese to rise to the challenge, Mike Flanagan takes a closer look at why nowhere else is ready to exploit the opportunities.

Vietnam – Are we too late to the party? 31 May 2016

Guest author

Will the EU FTA and TPP trade agreements truly make Vietnam the replacement solution to the higher labour cost challenges in China? Gary Barraco, director of global product marketing for Amber Road, suggests that when it comes to sourcing in Vietnam, whoever gets on the floor first, wins – and that the time to act is now.

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