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Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

Specialised finance products for the garment industry, solutions for keeping track of inventory, and software systems to guide their planning and operations are all covered in our special reports on how to free up capital in the apparel supply chain.

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

Madagascar all but fell off the sourcing radar when it lost its duty-free privileges to the US at the beginning of 2010. But a change of fortunes in the last two years is now seeing its apparel exports bounce back.

What a Trump presidency might mean for apparel

What a Trump presidency might mean for apparel

Global markets were thrown into disarray after Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. The win is also likely to mean that international trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fall by the wayside.

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion brands face numerous challenges, from ensuring they make decisions that get orders right the first time, to navigating complex logistical issues, and having the flexibility to make swift decisions and changes. Here we offer some solutions.

Fashion in flux – figuring out future supply chains

Fashion in flux – figuring out future supply chains

Apparel retailers and brands must take a hard look at their current business models and supply chains if they want to remain competitive into the future.

Ethiopia violence undermines sourcing strategies

Ethiopia violence undermines sourcing strategies

The apparent benefits of Ethiopia make the country a serious risk – both politically and commercially – for apparel and textile investors.

Raw materials – Issues facing supply and demand

Raw materials – Issues facing supply and demand

What is the future likely to hold when it comes to forecasts on supply, demand, prices, challenges and opportunities for raw materials used in apparel production – including cotton, synthetics, leather and wool? Here we take a closer look.

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges

Cambodia garment sector faces ongoing challenges

At first glance, Cambodia's garment sector is doing fine, with data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) pointing to a 14.7% jump in exports during the first quarter. But dig deeper, and the Cambodian garment industry is less optimistic.

Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

Lack of transparency and traceability across global supply chains has been thrown into the spotlight after US retailer Target Corporation pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Global Brands over concerns about the provenance of the cotton used.

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.

Fuelling growth through strategic PLM

Fuelling growth through strategic PLM

Faster time-to-market is one of the clearest advantages of product lifecycle management (PLM) software. But connecting to other business processes such as retail metrics, supplier inventory and predictive analytics is opening up new possibilities. This briefing looks at how to use PLM to fuel growth and fulfil demand, choosing a vendor, and planning for a successful project.

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Experts warn that setting up a sustainable supply chain is not a simple task. Indeed, deciding where to source materials, where to manufacture, how to monitor facilities to make sure they are compliant, and how to transport the goods, are all challenging questions that are considered in our latest management briefing.

Terrorist attack "a tipping point" for Bangladesh?

Terrorist attack "a tipping point" for Bangladesh?

A fatal terrorist attack in the Bangladeshi capital at the weekend killed 20 people – many of whom worked in the country's textile and clothing industry. Is this latest attack a tipping point for Bangladesh?

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel itself from the network of institutions and bureaucracy in Brussels.

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model that will help retailers improve margins, analysts have said.

Child labour in the global supply chain

Child labour in the global supply chain

Widespread poverty, low rates of secondary schooling, and lax labour law enforcement are being blamed for the presence of child labour in Myanmar's garment sector, a new report suggests. A map, published this shows child labour risks in global cotton supply chains, in particular.

Faster supply chain is key to Ralph Lauren turnaround

Faster supply chain is key to Ralph Lauren turnaround

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed this week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO, who this month appointed a new finance chief and supply chain chief.

Reducing risk in the apparel supply chain

Reducing risk in the apparel supply chain

Preparation, preparation and more preparation are key if brands and retailers are to reduce risk in their supply chains. We take a look at how to mitigate those risks, including the need for detailed planning to help avoid disruptions, the hidden costs of emerging sourcing locations, and how software can help improve supply chain visibility.

TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports

TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports

A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in US apparel imports – and that Vietnam would be the biggest beneficiary.

Sourcing shifts – Where next for apparel sourcing?

Sourcing shifts – Where next for apparel sourcing?

Once clothing sourcing was all about China. Not any more. New manufacturing hubs offer a new competitive edge, while sourcing closer to home is a more commonly considered option. But this multiplicity of choices can bring its own headaches, requiring brands and retailers make subtle, complex and fluid purchasing decisions to keep ahead of the competition. We take a closer look in this month’s management briefing.

Hanesbrands becomes world

Hanesbrands becomes world's largest basic apparel company

With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.

Rana Plaza: Three years on

Rana Plaza: Three years on

Just days before the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.

Apparel software trends – The outlook for 2016

Apparel software trends – The outlook for 2016

just-style’s annual management briefing canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in the year ahead – 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, and take a look at what else is likely to be topping the apparel industry's technology agenda.

Egypt apparel sector underperforming but ambitious

Egypt apparel sector underperforming but ambitious

With advantages that include the best cotton in the world, thousands of textile and garment factories, low labour costs and duty-free access to key markets in the US, European Union (EU), the Middle-East and Africa, Egypt should have formidable potential. But at the same time it's facing a mountain of problems, including low labour productivity, lack of investments in ginning, spinning and weaving, difficult access to finance, and poor infrastructure.

Prime Source Forum 2016

Prime Source Forum 2016

This year's Prime Source Forum conference in Hong Kong addressed solutions to dealing with tightened trade policies, currency fluctuation, political and social instability, and increasing requests for more stringent sustainable practices.

Might Brexit be brighter for Britain’s garment industry?

Might Brexit be brighter for Britain’s garment industry?

The British vote on 23 June whether to stay in the EU or not. By early March, opinion polls showed voters split about 50/50, with about a third still unsure. So far, neither side has been straightforward about the effects of leaving (known as a "Brexit") or staying. Here's how Mike Flanagan sees Brexit supporters' arguments affecting Britain's apparel industry.

Insulation innovators adapt as warm weather cools sales

Insulation innovators adapt as warm weather cools sales

Unseasonably mild winters are cooling off sales of traditional warm-weather clothing – prompting insulation innovators to adapt accordingly. Suppliers of traditional down insulation are working on variations that adapt to changing outdoor conditions and activity levels, while new materials and "smart" thermal technologies may eventually circumvent the need for insulation entirely.

Sub-brands and stores key to M&S gross margin gains

Sub-brands and stores key to M&S gross margin gains

There is a limit to long-term margin improvement for Marks & Spencer's general merchandise division, and earnings will be difficult to achieve unless the UK retail group transforms its selling space, one analyst suggests. This should include a review of its store portfolio, and a close look at the relevance of M&S's many sub-brands.

What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

What the EU-Vietnam trade deal means for duties

Recently released details of the European Union's trade agreement with Vietnam show how the deal could boost garment sourcing by EU brands in this key emerging south-east Asian player.

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US demand while heightening competition.

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