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Indian apparel exporters discuss policy changes

Indian apparel exporters discuss policy changes

Indian apparel exporters have demanded a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government.

Gap

Gap's Myanmar move highlights country's potential

Faced with the growing risks of producing in Bangladesh and Cambodia as well as the rising cost of countries like China and Indonesia, it is unsurprising that apparel giant Gap Inc should begin sourcing from Myanmar. just-style takes a closer look at the country's textile and garment industry.

Compliance still a concern in Cambodian garment sector

Compliance still a concern in Cambodian garment sector

Although there has been a slight improvement in the proper payment of wages and benefits within Cambodia's garment and footwear industry, non-compliance in areas related to worker health and safety and fainting remains "significant", a new study has found.

The trends and future of supply chain software

The trends and future of supply chain software

The last few years have seen tremendous changes in the technological landscape of 'product lifecycle management' (PLM) and 'enterprise resource planning' (ERP) systems. This month's Management Briefing takes a look at the trends and the future of supply chain software.

M&S updates Plan A sustainability scheme

M&S updates Plan A sustainability scheme

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has described its efforts to ensure workers in the factories it sources from are paid a fair living wage is an "ever-moving feast". But it is making progress, as executives explained during an update to the group's Plan A sustainability initiative.

African apparel makers must plan for renewed AGOA

African apparel makers must plan for renewed AGOA

There are growing opportunities in the US for African clothing and textile producers, but a long-term preferential trade agreement is needed for them to develop supply chains that can meet demand.

'Made in Myanmar' forges ahead

Investment in the Burma/Myanmar garment sector is continuing apace, with Gap Inc to start sourcing its first garments and Hong Kong companies preparing to set up a new apparel industrial park in Yangon.

US brands and retailers share their sourcing strategies

US brands and retailers share their sourcing strategies

The United States Fashion Industry Association has published the results of its first-ever benchmarking study, garnering views from executives on their business outlook, sourcing practices, utilisation of free trade agreements and preference programmes, and views on trade policy.

Sainsbury

Sainsbury's reaping benefits of clothing investments

Sainsbury's has issued its first-quarter trading update, in which it revealed its clothing business has continued to grow strongly, delivering double-digit like-for-like sales growth. Analysts believe the UK retailer is now reaping the benefits of considerable investment.

Bangladesh lags as Vietnam leads US import growth

Bangladesh lags as Vietnam leads US import growth

As US retailers stocked up in anticipation of a busy spring and summer, their preferred supplier choices in April continued to be led by China and Vietnam. But the decline in shipments from Bangladesh appears to be accelerating.

Sourcing shifts: Changes and challenges

Sourcing shifts: Changes and challenges

As brands and retailers set higher production standards and create ever more complex supply chains, they need to consider all the risks when switching suppliers. This month’s management briefing also looks at changes in China and other supplier countries, and technology to help track and oversee sourcing shifts.

Cambodia wage talks set to resume

Cambodia wage talks set to resume

Talks over the setting of a minimum wage for garment and textile workers in Cambodia are set to resume later this month, after global brands and retailers warned ongoing political instability and alleged human rights violations threaten the country's status as a strategic sourcing market

Anti-China protests: a wake-up call for Vietnam production

Anti-China protests: a wake-up call for Vietnam production

For buyers and foreign investors who have been piling into Vietnam's textile, clothing and footwear industries, this week's large-scale and increasingly violent anti-China protests may prove to be a wake-up call.

Mauritius: A rising star for sourcing textiles and apparel

Mauritius: A rising star for sourcing textiles and apparel

The Mauritian textile and apparel sector accounts for more than 55% of the country's export earnings. As a result, manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth. just-style takes a closer look at the country's largest export.

Factory safety and auditing: The key challenges

Factory safety and auditing: The key challenges

Clothing brands and retailers have ramped up their focus on supplier factory safety over the past 18 months. As well as the challenges of implementing new requirements in Bangladesh, this month’s management briefing looks at similar issues across Asia. We also report on how auditing software can help boost supply chain safety, and the fragmentation of global standards.

China

China's Yue Yuen shoe factory strike

Workers at the Yue Yuen shoe factory, which supplies Adidas and Nike, have been striking for nearly two weeks. The dispute centres, which around social security payments, is likely one of the largest Chinese worker strikes in recent history with around 40,000 employees involved. just-style has been following the situation closely.

Rana Plaza one year on

Rana Plaza one year on

One year ago, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occurred when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing nearly 1,200 garment workers. just-style has followed developments closely over the last 12 months...

Prime Source Forum 2014

Prime Source Forum 2014

The apparel industry needs to find a better way of doing business. That's the stark message to emerge from supply chain executives who attended the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong this year.

Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2014?

Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2014?

In this month's management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2014 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.

Japan

Japan's Uniqlo in multi-pronged attack on US market

Premium Supima cotton, musician Pharrell Williams and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are spearheading the drive by Japan's Fast Retailing Co to expand its Uniqlo chain in the US market.

Supply chain the "secret sauce" for Hanesbrands

Supply chain the "secret sauce" for Hanesbrands

An upbeat Hanesbrands has raised its guidance for the year ahead and expects sales to break through the $5bn barrier for the first time. At the heart of this momentum is its Innovate-to-Elevate strategy, combining brand power with product innovation - and a low-cost supply chain that the basic apparel maker sees as its "secret sauce."

Ethiopia prepares to meet apparel sourcing demand

Ethiopia prepares to meet apparel sourcing demand

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.

Sourcing segmentation increasingly evident in Asia

Sourcing segmentation increasingly evident in Asia

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.

Is the tide turning for the US cotton yarn sector?

Is the tide turning for the US cotton yarn sector?

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?

Bangladesh factory reforms “lagging” – but why?

Bangladesh factory reforms “lagging” – but why?

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?

H&M continues to dispel disposable fashion image

H&M continues to dispel disposable fashion image

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.

Waterless dyeing garners mixed industry reaction

Waterless dyeing garners mixed industry reaction

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?

Outlook 2014: Apparel industry issues to watch

Outlook 2014: Apparel industry issues to watch

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.

Pakistan apparel sourcing project seeks partners

Pakistan apparel sourcing project seeks partners

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

Marks & Spencer moving in the "right direction"

Marks & Spencer moving in the "right direction"

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.

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