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.
16 May 2013
Apparel brands and retailers have been rushing to agree new rules to improve safety in Bangladesh garment factories. But while European firms are favouring the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a coalition of North American retailers has gone its own way with the Safer Factories Initiative.
13 May 2013
Retailer Marks & Spencer is working to update its sourcing and logistics systems after admitting that 20 years of under-investment have led to a sluggish and inconsistent supply chain.
24 April 2013
An eight-storey commercial building that housed five garment factories has collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing nearly 100 people - most of them apparel workers - and leaving several hundred others injured.
22 April 2013
As turnaround efforts finally start to take hold at US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc, the company is now focusing on leveraging its global brands to gain a larger share of the $1.4trn global apparel market.
15 April 2013
Marks & Spencer has highlighted the efforts already being made by the retailer's new clothing design team - but stresses the full results of their efforts won't be seen until the autumn/winter range is released.
10 April 2013
After a rocky ride at JC Penney, the man brought in to transform the business, Ron Johnson, has been pushed out, as losses at the department store chain widened.
4 April 2013
The over-riding message from this year's Prime Source Forum 2013 in Hong Kong is that apparel sourcing has finally reached a critical turning point. Instead of continuing to chase the lowest costs around the globe, the industry focus is now shifting to collaboration between retailers and their vendors, and the creation of an integrated value chain.
26 March 2013
US activewear brand Lululemon suffered an embarrassing and costly error last week after it had to recall black trousers made with its Luon fabric after discovering they were sheerer than expected. The brand admitted the move may cost it up to US$20m in lost sales.
12 March 2013
China's textile and apparel industry is preparing for new government demands to introduce sustainable production in the sector - warning that companies failing to comply will be closed.
8 March 2013
Leading fashion brands and retailers have joined forces to issue an update on their joint “roadmap” aimed at securing zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020. But the revised plans have already come under fire.
27 February 2013
Burma, the poorest country in South East Asia, is seen as having untapped garment production and sourcing opportunities thanks to its low labour costs, large workforce and beneficial access to rich consumer markets. But it also faces considerable challenges if it is to become competitive.
25 February 2013
Wal-Mart has revealed that efforts to turn around its apparel business are finally starting to gain traction, with the US retail giant reporting the first full-year of positive comparable apparel sales for seven years.
18 February 2013
Retailers and brands are increasingly looking at the idea of closing the loop in the apparel supply chain. Taking a garment back to its original fibre form and then using this to create something new is seen as a way for firms to become more sustainable. But what is the future for closed loop?
13 February 2013
For all the talk about declining Chinese competitiveness and the likely growth in near-sourcing, official figures show China continued to dominate US apparel and textile imports last year.
8 February 2013
2013 got off to a strong start for US clothing and footwear retailers in January, with many reporting their best performance since September 2011.
5 February 2013
For this year's annual 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 2013. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.
1 February 2013
Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. It seems the Bangladesh factory fire row is reshaping the future of compliance.
25 January 2013
Wal-Mart has tightened its supplier guidelines after a fire at an un-authorised subcontractor's site in Bangladesh killed more than 112 people.
17 January 2013
For all of the suitors circling Billabong International, the Australian surfwear retailer is yet to see much action. With four bidders showing interest over the past year, none of the interest has so far turned into a deal.
11 January 2013
The United States government has unveiled details of proposed flexibilities it wants to introduce into the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement which will allow importers to buy scarce clothing, textiles and yarns from outside the bloc.
8 January 2013
Retailers posted mixed December sales results as many were forced to discount heavily to drive sales in the weekend prior to Christmas, in the hope of making up for weaker sales earlier in the month.
21 December 2012
Global economic turmoil continued to impact on the apparel industry in 2012, and in all sectors, from retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find. just-style’s review of the year tracks those for whom 2012 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.
11 December 2012
A growing number of major retailers including H&M, Tesco and Primark are sourcing textiles and clothing from Ethiopia, as the country's industry undergoes a major expansion programme.
3 December 2012
Strong Black Friday week sales were no match for the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, as US retailers hope to make up lost sales in December.
27 November 2012
As many as 111 people were killed and another 100 injured after a blaze swept through Bangladesh garment manufacturer Tazreen Fashion Ltd. The fire, which is believed to have been started by an electrical short circuit, is said to be the worst ever in the history of Bangladesh's US$20bn export-earning clothing industry.
26 November 2012
This year's Sri Lanka Design Festival continued its focus on how brands and manufacturers can improve speed to market while maintaining their eco and ethical credentials. just-style visited the country, and saw a number of eco-factories, attended the South Asian Leadership Forum and a sustainability event. You can find all the articles from the trip here.
16 November 2012
Investments in new product designs and better quality - as well as marketing campaigns to bring shoppers into its stores - are starting to pay off for specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc. But the next step in its transformation is to become a truly global brand.
12 November 2012
The UK's largest clothing retailer, Marks & Spencer, is seeing its clothing supply base shift away from the Far East as it looks to increase speed to market after facing a series of replenishment issues earlier this year.
5 November 2012
While US retailers have yet to weigh up the full impact of Hurricane Sandy, first figures show sales growth held up in October.
31 October 2012
Although holiday sales of apparel and footwear are expected to rise this year, analysts believe consumers will be keeping an eye on how much they spend as headwinds such as political uncertainties and economic concerns are likely to come first.