Apparel and textile industry hot issues
Comprehensive coverage of the apparel and textile industry's hottest issues through a compilation of news, analysis and comment.
7 March 2014
Ethiopia is fast becoming a rising star for sourcing garments as the country's clothing and textile sector undergoes rapid expansion. Its large population and low wage costs provide a plethora of opportunities for foreign investors as they look for alternative sourcing destinations.
26 February 2014
The last few years have brought significant changes to the apparel sourcing landscape in Asia. The era of Chinese low-cost apparel manufacturing is a trend from the past, and several countries have stepped up to claim their part of the manufacturing pie.
20 February 2014
An acceleration of investment in the US spinning and weaving sector by overseas firms - including those in China and India - begs the question: Is the tide really starting to turn?
12 February 2014
Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow – but who is responsible for the delays?
4 February 2014
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has had a busy 12 months, including a ramp-up of its sustainability efforts, a 'living wage' project, and a focus on expanding its global presence. While its latest fourth-quarter earnings disappointed the market, the company appears forthright in its ambitions to make 2014 an equally, if not more successful, year for the group.
21 January 2014
Pressure from environmental groups to reduce the vast volumes of water used in textile and garment dyeing has led to a number of developments in waterless dyeing technology. With Nike and Adidas among the first to adopt this new process, the textile industry asks whether waterless dyeing is the solution it has been waiting for?
16 January 2014
For our annual management briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2014. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.
13 January 2014
Pakistan's textile and garment sector is seen as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the country's accession to the European Union's GSP+ trade scheme. Help is at hand for buyers looking for a new source of potentially low-cost apparel
9 January 2014
Marks & Spencer's general merchandise sales continued to fall in the third quarter. But according to chief executive Mark Bolland, the UK retailer and its efforts to turn around its women's wear business are moving in the right direction.
3 January 2014
A dispute over increases to Cambodia's minimum wage levels has led to a virtual shutdown of the country's garment industry.
23 December 2013
In a fitting end to the year, we take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2013. Not surprisingly events were dominated by tragedies in Bangladesh - and the resulting efforts to raise safety standards in garment factories - but other issues also make for an insightful overview of what topped the apparel industry's agenda.
16 December 2013
Pakistan's garment manufacturers are anticipating significant trading benefits from the country's accession to the European Union's GSP+ trading scheme from January 2014. But production also needs help, local industrialists say.
6 December 2013
A combination of cold weather, promotions and price cuts saw millions of Americans shop for holiday gifts over the Thanksgiving weekend, kicking off the biggest selling period of the year. But while overall shopper numbers were up on last year, they're spending less, first figures suggest.
27 November 2013
Frustrated by slow progress towards the process of implementing fair living wages in the apparel supply chain, Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz has decided to take matters into its own hands.
25 November 2013
Inspections are due to begin on at least 2,000 garment factories in Bangladesh to assess their structural integrity and fire and electrical safety after three separate groups agreed on common standards.
18 November 2013
The new minimum monthly wage for garment factory workers in Bangladesh will come into effect from 1 December this year - with the basic salary also set to rise by 5% each year.
11 November 2013
Plans to increase the minimum monthly wage for Bangladeshi garment workers by 77% have surprised labour leaders, who say discussions are still on-going, and factory owners, who have threatened to shut facilities in protest.
5 November 2013
A question mark continues to hang over Marks & Spencer's clothing performance after the retailer recorded its ninth consecutive quarterly decline in like-for-like general merchandise sales - despite the much-publicised re-launch of its autumn/winter women's wear ranges in September.
27 October 2013
In the week that marked six months since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh, attention not surprisingly turned to ongoing efforts to improve garment worker safety – and the progress made so far.
16 October 2013
Export growth, increased foreign direct investments, and a strategic location may help emerging economies such as Sri Lanka to realise ambitious dreams to become regional production hubs.
11 October 2013
Less than six months after the Rana Plaza building collapsed killing 1,132 garment workers, Bangladesh has been rocked by the death of at least nine workers in a fire at a fabric mill. The tragedy has led to renewed calls for efforts to ensure factory safety - as well as questions on the extent to which audits need to be carried out further down the supply chain.
3 October 2013
Fast fashion companies are increasing their speed to market in response to demand for up-to-the-minute styles and trends at relatively low prices. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the impact this is having on manufacturing and supply chains, production processes and proximity.
1 October 2013
International clothing and textile experts gathered near Shanghai last week to discuss solutions to China's twin challenges - dealing with less foreign demand, while managing rising production costs.
27 September 2013
Is Bangladesh losing its lustre with garment buyers as ongoing factory safety issues and unrest take their toll? The results of a new survey suggest this could be the case - yet it still remains the country of choice in a sector where price continues to hold sway when it comes to sourcing decisions.
19 September 2013
Global apparel and textile production has continued its year-on-year growth into the second quarter, with developing and emerging economies not surprisingly leading the way.
11 September 2013
For most industries, the availability of local raw materials is a decided advantage. Not so for the garment industry, where the relationship between a country's access to local fibre seems to stifle its ability to follow changes in customer demand.
9 September 2013
US textile and apparel imports continued to climb in July as retailers brought more merchandise into the country for the back-to-school season, with double-digit gains seen by both Bangladesh and Vietnam.
3 September 2013
As Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging has matured, the technology’s benefits for the apparel industry have become clear. Here, just-style looks at the latest innovations, opportunities for enhanced supply chain visibility and return on investment, increased accuracy in inventory and out-of-stock management, protection against theft and counterfeits, and the impact of omni-channel retailing.
29 August 2013
Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong is attempting to move beyond recent turbulence and onto its turnaround plans, but uncertainty still remains.
27 August 2013
Far from marking the beginning of the end for Bangladesh's garment export sector, recent tragedies have set the industry on a course that could see it evolve into a world-class player. And more than that, the changes underway could also redefine the apparel supply chain of the future.