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Economic inequality was a major contributor to the recent lacklustre US holiday retail sales, suggests Robert Antoshak, managing director at...
Don't believe those New Year forecasts, warns Mike Flanagan, as he debunks a few stories about four issues that are likely to be important i...
It's no secret that Marks & Spencer has struggled to stem the losses in its clothing division. And with the unit's head Steve Rowe departing...
As he refocuses his business on the next generation, consultant David Birnbaum explains why he believes the global garment industry is break...
Seeing in the New Year might not have been the only reason American Apparel felt like popping the champagne last week after it won a plea for an extension to its period for filing a reorganisation plan. But while now on a cautious road to recovery, the bankrupt US teen fashion retailer may have stopped short of celebrating as it considers the questions that need answering if it is to be taken seriously again as a competitor in its space.
The impact of the internet is giving rise to the individual – as opposed to the mass-market – consumer, with new needs, ethics and expectations. And not surprisingly, the 'New Global Garment Industry' is already being created by, employing and selling to this individual, explains Emma Birnbaum, who adds that companies are being defined by their innovations.
In his last comment of the year, Mike Flanagan offers a seasonal suggestion for solving several global and industry problems.
Lululemon, the cult brand favoured by yoga fans, has been at the forefront of athleisure since the trend began. But despite its early mover status the brand cannot afford to rest on its laurels as the success of sportswear has brought more competition than ever to the category, writes Emily Potts, contributing analyst at Euromonitor International.
Last week's announcement by Adidas that it expects its costs to rise sharply over the next five years underlines some crucial changes buyers in different countries have seen in their sourcing operations since the beginning of this century, explains Mike Flanagan.
Leslie Johnston, executive director of the C&A Foundation and a board director at GoodWeave believes the UK's Modern Slavery Act – which obligates large companies to report and declare their steps to address slavery – can only do so much. She is instead calling on businesses to take a broader approach to abolish slavery within supply chains and engage consumers to create change.
"Enhancing the customer journey…," "adopting a more personalised approach…," "the importance of data…," – when it comes to articulating how brands can improve their customer strategies, some phrases seem to be trotted out if not interchangeably, then generically. Best intentions abound, but specific strategies still appear thin on the ground. But "fit" offers apparel retailers and brands a clear, some would say natural, way forward. Stuart Simms, chief executive of fit preference specialist Fits.me explains.
US garment imports have not only reached record levels but, based on recent data, growth is accelerating. David Birnbaum has used this as an opportunity to take a snapshot of the global garment industry: the current position of exporting countries and more importantly the direction in which they are moving. This article, the first of three, looks at the success stories.
US garment imports have not only reached record levels but, based on recent data, growth is accelerating. David Birnbaum has used this as an opportunity to take a snapshot of the global garment industry: the current position of exporting countries and more importantly the direction in which they are moving. This article, the second of three, looks at the less successful.
US garment imports have not only reached record levels but, based on recent data, growth is accelerating. David Birnbaum has used this as an opportunity to take a snapshot of the global garment industry: the current position of exporting countries and more importantly the direction in which they are moving. This article, the third of three, looks at the losers.
Volatility and complexity are endemic in today's business environments, which makes planning extremely difficult. Along with streamlining process and supply chain steps to run as fast as the pace of change, Bob McKee, industry strategy director for fashion at Infor, sets out five further recommendations for dealing with market and demand volatility.
A spate of books written over the past few years explores various aspects of the global garment business. But for Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, the newly-published "Fixing Fashion" should be required reading.
China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But does the Plan really tell us how garment-making in China will be affected? asks Mike Flanagan.
The Flanarant - Will the TPP pass into law? Last week, on 5 November, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) published the detailed text of the agreement that its 12 potential members had reached exactly a month earlier. Publication coincided with a number of events illustrating just how unpredictable the deal’s approval by those countries’ legislatures is likely to be. They raise a number of questions:
A promised referendum on Britain’s continuing membership of the EU – and the possibility of a Brexit in two years’ time – would have massive implications for world apparel trade, according to Mike Flanagan.
Now that it appears the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may actually come to pass, which apparel and textile producing countries are most likely to benefit and which will not? David Birnbaum agrees that Vietnam will be the big winner — but believes the greatest loser will almost certainly be the US textile manufacturers.
On 5 October, the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) announced that their trade ministers had agreed a deal. But Mike Flanagan still doubts it will come into action this decade.
Latest first-half results for Berlin-based fashion e-tailer Zalando highlighted revenue up 32% to EUR1.4bn (US$1.6bn), while profit margins dipped to 3.5% from 6% the previous year. In order to maintain growth momentum, where should the business focus its attention? asks Bernadette Kissane, apparel and footwear analyst at Euromonitor International.
Security bills that expand the role of Japan's military overseas could result in China ramping up investments to protect its supply routes and domestic growth. But Mike Flanagan suggests this is also likely to have ramifications for the funding of garment projects overseas.
In the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation, the United States has tabled a market access offer that seeks to protect the most “import sensitive” textile and apparel (T&A) products - also known as the “X-basket”. But what is this likely to include? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a guess.
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