While it's true that the proverb "Bad news travels fast" has been particularly apt as far as the widespread flooding in Pakistan is concerned, one of the country's leading knitwear manufacturers and exporters has told just-style that many firms are managing to rise above recent events.
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.
Clothing specialists and grocers have already made a major assault on the UK footwear market. New research suggests there is likely to be further encroachment in 2005 from non-specialists attracted by the sector's superior growth.
Mexico's apparel manufacturers have been fighting a losing battle against declining exports over the past few years. Even an ambitious multi-pronged project to save Yucatan state's apparel industry, focusing on fast-turn production, new training facilities and initiatives to lure textile investment into the region, has met with dwindling government and industry support. Is this the end of the line?
Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is to lay off more than 600 workers with the closure of its facility in Jamestown, Kentucky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apparel company Fruit of the Loom is to implement Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM product life cycle management system.
Students and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are calling on sporting goods brand Adidas to make severance payments to workers at an Indonesian factory after its owner fled.
Supply chain specialist Fifth Avenue Sourcing (India) is set to take a stake in sourcing consultancy RegionaLink LLC, which was set up earlier this year to link US and European apparel firms with factories in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
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.
T-shirt and casualwear maker Russell Athletic has agreed to open a new apparel factory in the Choloma area of Honduras following university boycotts in the US and UK.
The slowdown in consumer spending has hit sales at Fruit of the Loom, the apparel business controlled by billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, the company said last week.
Nearly 280 Fruit of the Loom apparel workers in Alabama are to lose their jobs after the company decided to relocate to its corporate headquarters in Bowling Green Kentucky.
Clothing company Russell Europe is to close a distribution centre in the UK as part of a global review of its operations, according to local reports.
Activewear distributor Broder Bros Co has widened its first quarter loss thanks to restructuring charges, lower sales across all its divisions and a shrinking of the imprintable activewear market due to the economic downturn.
Activewear distributor Broder Bros Co has managed to stave off bankruptcy by refinancing 91.75% of its outstanding debt – but warned it is still an option if the deal does not go through.
Activewear distributor Broder Bros has hired an investment bank to help explore financing and strategic options for its long-term capital structure.
Athletic apparel company Russell Athletic has signed a three year deal to sponsor the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour in the US.
Russell Athletic has launched a new “performance” basketball uniform, adding to its product portfolio as the NBA’s official institutional uniform provider.
T-shirt and sweatshirt maker Russell Corporation is lay off more than half of the 800 workers at its Coosa River Plant in Wetumpka, according to local news reports this week.
Fruit of the Loom is to close its Jerzees de Choloma facility in Central America, which employs 800 people.
Outdoor goods chain Blacks Leisure has issued its third profit warning in six months after sales plunged during the Christmas period.
John Zawacki, president and chief executive officer of direct marketer Blair Corp, will retire from the company and its board on 1 April 2007.
Blacks Leisure’s CEO is staying quiet on rumours the struggling business could be the bid interest of business mogul Mike Ashley, the man behind the Sports World International and Lillywhites names.
Sports goods firm Russell Athletic has appointed Doug Kelly as company president.
The sale of Russell Corporation to Fruit of the Loom Inc, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, was completed on Wednesday (2 August) after being overwhelmingly approved by shareholders.
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