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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.

Crisis in Cambodia amid ongoing wage dispute

Crisis in Cambodia amid ongoing wage dispute

A dispute over increases to Cambodia's minimum wage levels has led to a virtual shutdown of the country's garment industry.

Top stories on just-style in 2013...

Top stories on just-style in 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.

GSP+ could boost Pakistan garment exports

GSP+ could boost Pakistan garment exports

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.

US holiday season off to a slow start

US holiday season off to a slow start

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.

H&M sets out roadmap to a fair living wage

H&M sets out roadmap to a fair living wage

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.

Bangladesh marks factory inspection milestone

Bangladesh marks factory inspection milestone

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.

Bangladesh makes progress on garment worker wages

Bangladesh makes progress on garment worker wages

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.

Bangladesh wage talks overshadowed by confusion

Bangladesh wage talks overshadowed by confusion

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.

Women

Women's wear continues to weigh on M&S

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.

Bangladesh: six months after Rana Plaza

Bangladesh: six months after Rana Plaza

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.

Sri Lanka inches closer to

Sri Lanka inches closer to 'regional hub' dream

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.

Bangladesh factory fire underpins new safety calls

Bangladesh factory fire underpins new safety calls

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.

Fast fashion: Retail demands speed up the supply chain

Fast fashion: Retail demands speed up the supply chain

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.

Change is key to helping China face new challenges

Change is key to helping China face new challenges

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.

Challenging times ahead on the apparel sourcing front

Challenging times ahead on the apparel sourcing front

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.

World apparel and textile production continues to rise

World apparel and textile production continues to rise

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.

Fibre and its role in the global garment industry

Fibre and its role in the global garment industry

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.

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