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How would end of NAFTA affect US apparel industry?

President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his dislike of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Mexico and...

Fusing ethics and finance to boost the bottom line

Ethical performance and supply chain finance are an unlikely partnership – but fusing the two can be a winning combination for the fashion a...

Trump trade policy – Who knows what he'll do?

Norma Rae has had her revenge: the working class in America just elected Donald Trump as the country's 45th president, writes Robert Antosha...

What might a Trump presidency mean for apparel?

Global markets have been thrown into disarray today (9 November) after Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States,...


The Flanarant: Why Trump will be true to his trade threats 9 Nov 2016

Mike Flanagan

US president-elect Donald Trump used the campaign train to set out his stance on trade issues. Instead of dismissing this as bluff and bluster, Mike Flanagan believes he will stay true to his word to impose restrictions or higher tariffs on imports – leading to massive long-term uncertainty.


Has peak internet hit Britain’s clothing sales? 1 Nov 2016

Mike Flanagan

Between June and September 2016, the internet's share of UK clothing sales fell consistently – something Mike Flanagan doesn't think has ever happened in the history of selling clothes, anywhere, ever before.


The Flanarant – Ethiopia violence undermines 'visionary' sourcing strategies 12 Oct 2016

Mike Flanagan

The apparent benefits of Ethiopia make the country a serious risk – both politically and commercially – for apparel and textile investors, Mike Flanagan believes. And the partial destruction by rioters of the Saygin Dima mill illustrates all too well the short-term superficiality of too many 'visionary' sourcing strategies.


Where next for apparel retailers in a saturated market? 11 Oct 2016

Robert P Antoshak

The US retail industry has hit a saturation point – what Robert Antoshak refers to as "peak apparel" – where the amount of clothing that can be sold and consumed has reached capacity. So what's the bottom-line for retailers? he asks.


Is NGO scrutiny reducing supply chain transparency? 11 Oct 2016

Guest author

NGOs play a vital role in regulating and holding brands and retailers to account, especially when it comes to the transparency of their supply chains – but are their radars locked onto the wrong targets?


Fashion meets function with end-to-end solutions 29 Sep 2016

Guest author

The fashion industry thrives on its ability to react to trends. In the age of Instagram fashionistas, each with millions of followers, never has it been more important for these reactions to be lightning fast. Among the tools to help fashion firms meet these demands are unified technology solutions that offer substance over style.


Is there more to Primark's woes than the weather? 27 Sep 2016

Bernadette Kissane

A warm winter and a cold spring have been blamed for a fall in sales at value fashion retailer Primark. But its lack of e-commerce also leaves it without the flexibility to highlight more transitional ranges and weather appropriate collections online, according to Bernadette Kissane, senior analyst for apparel and footwear at Euromonitor International.


Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance 1 Sep 2016

Guest author

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability strategies and confirm you're armed with comprehensive product information across your supply network, says Thomas Ng, managing director, supply chain solutions, Amber Road.


How overcapacity in China could reshape fibre markets 30 Aug 2016

Guest author

In advance of the World Fibres Conference in Hong Kong later this year, Will Chapman, PCI Wood Mackenzie's head of fibres, assesses how excess polyester capacity in China could reshape global fibres trade to 2017.


What does supply chain mapping really mean? 26 Aug 2016

Guest author

The recent pledge by British prime minister Theresa May to invest a further GBP33m in fighting modern slavery, coupled with the importance of companies knowing what is happening in their supply chains, has led to an increased focus on supply chain mapping. But while there are many tools on the market offering such solutions, there is a lot of variation and confusion over what this actually means, according to Hannah Harris, product marketing manager at Historic Futures.


Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing challenge 25 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Global Brands over concerns about the provenance of the cotton used in its products highlights the massive challenges the industry still faces when it comes to transparency and traceability across global supply chains.


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.


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