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Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progr...

Alliance members buy more products from Bangladesh

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bang...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 27 Jul 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.


Following fashion isn't the best sourcing strategy

Mike Flanagan | 30 Apr 2014

Retailers and brands are increasingly engineering their operations to make the most of changing trends affecting everything from sourcing to sales. But as Mike Flanagan points out, the model that works for one company is unlikely to work for another. Here he gives some examples.


Marginal suppliers need a radical re-think

just-style.com | 21 Aug 2009

In the current recession, factory owners are transferring business away from their marginal suppliers to their core operations, creating a major problem in countries where the garment sector is a lifeline. To survive and prosper in difficult times, these industries must radically change the way they work, who they work for, and what they produce, believes David Birnbaum.


Emerging markets buoying global lingerie market

just-style.com | 12 Jan 2009

Faced with slowing sales in Western markets, lingerie firms are increasingly focusing on emerging markets like Russia and Asia for growth. According to new research, both China and India are likely to see a double digit hike in lingerie sales over the next three years.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Harry Debes, CEO, Lawson Software

just-style.com | 23 Aug 2007

Harry Debes’ first year as CEO of Lawson Software was dominated by the company’s merger with Intentia International, in early 2006. Now, 15 months after the deal’s completion, he tells just-style how the firm is leveraging its strength in the fashion sector with some exciting new ERP software developments, to help companies reduce lead times and improve delivery performance.

Latest News

Deal close for Fruit of the Loom lingerie business

Stuart Todd | 24 Jun 2015

French investment firm Perceva has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with US apparel manufacturer, Fruit of the Loom, for the acquisition of its loss-making European lingerie business,Vanity Fair Brands Europe (VFBE).


Apparel firms call for passage of tariff bill

Katie Smith | 30 Jan 2015

US textile and apparel manufacturing companies are calling on Congress to pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which they say would eliminate or reduce import duties on products not available in the US.


Fruit of the Loom forms partnership with Parkdale

Leonie Barrie | 31 Oct 2014

Fruit of the Loom has agreed a deal with Parkdale America that will see it sell its US yarn spinning operations to the company which will then provide new state-of-the-art cotton and cotton blended yarns for its underwear and casualwear products.


Alliance doubles displaced worker compensation

Katie Smith | 14 Jul 2014

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has extended compensation for garment factory workers displaced due to factory remediation from two months' up to four months' wages.


Fruit of the Loom to double Berkeley facility size

Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2014

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is investing in doubling the size of its Berkeley County distribution centre, as the company continues its efforts to align its global supply chain.


Alliance inspections reveal dozens of deficiencies

Leonie Barrie | 28 May 2014

The first round of inspection reports released by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety show that "dozens of deficiencies" have been identified in every garment factory. And the group now has just six weeks to release data on the remaining 600 factories supplying its member companies.


Alliance wants to close five Bangladesh factories

Leonie Barrie | 6 May 2014

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it has so far sought the immediate suspension of production in five factories following concerns about the safety of the buildings where they are located.


Alliance inspections more than 50% complete

Richard Woodard | 22 Apr 2014

Inspections have been completed on more than half of the nearly 700 Bangladesh factories used by members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety - which is also pledging to help pay the wages for workers at factories closed for renovation.


Fruit of the Loom plant closure to cut 600 jobs

Katie Smith | 7 Apr 2014

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is to lay off more than 600 workers with the closure of its facility in Jamestown, Kentucky.


Cotton Leads programme continues to gain interest

Michelle Russell | 17 Mar 2014

A new programme set up by the Australian and US cotton industry to supply responsibly-produced cotton is continuing to gain interest amongst global textile businesses.


PAG Leisurewear adds commerce software suite

Katie Smith | 13 Mar 2014

UK apparel wholesaler PAG Leisurewear is adopting NetSuite SuiteCommerce software to help grow its omni-channel business.


Cornell University joins Bangladesh Accord pledge

Richard Woodard | 13 Feb 2014

Cornell University has become the latest higher education establishment to require apparel licensees sourcing from Bangladesh to join the country’s Accord on Fire and Building Safety.


Support doubles for responsible cotton scheme

Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 2014

The number of textile companies from the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe that have signed up to new programme that supplies responsibly-produced cotton has now more than doubled.


Supply chain supports responsibly-produced cotton

Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 2014

Thirty textile companies from the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe have signed up to a new programme that supplies responsibly-produced cotton.


Fruit of the Loom implements data analytics tool

Leonie Barrie | 17 Jul 2013

Fruit of the Loom is to measure and monitor data flowing across its business operations with a new analytics platform that will help it stay one step ahead of a changing environment.


Gildan Activewear, Russell Brands settle lawsuit

Katie Smith | 5 Mar 2013

Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear has reached a US$1m settlement with Russell Brands, a Fruit of the Loom company, to resolve a trademark infringement lawsuit.


Russell Brands to cut 190 jobs in restructuring

Katie Smith | 7 Jan 2013

US sporting goods manufacturer Russell Brands today (7 January) said it plans to lay off 190 workers as it looks to restructure its apparel decoration operations in Alexander City, Alabama.


Brands accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery"

Petah Marian | 20 Nov 2012

A number of major clothing brands have been accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery" through their failure to address child and forced labour in their supply chains, according to a report released by the Not For Sale campaign.


120 apparel brands and retailers ban Uzbek cotton

Leonie Barrie | 9 Nov 2012

More than 120 international apparel brands and retailers have now pledged to ban the use of cotton from Uzbekistan as part of efforts to stop the country using forced and child labor to harvest its cotton crop.


Gildan Activewear sued by Russell Brands

Richard Woodard | 17 Oct 2012

Gildan Activewear has launched an internal inquiry into the events surrounding a lawsuit filed against it by Russell Brands, part of Fruit of the Loom.


Fruit of the Loom to use Yunique PLM system

Richard Woodard | 17 Jan 2012

Apparel company Fruit of the Loom is to implement Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM product life cycle management system.


Top stories on just-style this week...

just-style.com | 29 Oct 2010

Here is a roundup of the top five stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.


Fruit of the Loom ramping up Moroccan ops

Leonie Barrie | 27 Oct 2010

The European unit of underwear and casual clothing maker Fruit of the Loom is ramping up its operations in Morocco on the back of higher demand from its customers as the global economic recovery continues.

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