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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.

TPP trade pact in "milestone" signing by 12 nations

TPP trade pact in "milestone" signing by 12 nations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by ministers in New Zealand.

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Under Armour defends questions over strategy

Hot on the heels of its best quarterly growth of the year, US sportswear giant Under Armour has defended questions over the competitive positioning of the group's footwear and women's wear categories, and the potential maturity of its domestic business.

WFSGI Manufacturers Forum discusses topical agenda

WFSGI Manufacturers Forum discusses topical agenda

The third annual World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) forum saw speakers from the sport and fashion industry discuss topics from circular manufacturing, and lean production, to labour issues in apparel and sporting goods supply chains.

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2016. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, the need for more agile supply chains to meet the ongoing demands of omnichannel, a focus on total or end-to-end costs – and much more besides.

What the Paris climate deal means for clothing

What the Paris climate deal means for clothing

The global clothing industry should engage with the new Paris climate change deal, say experts, who warn that a warming planet imperils not only the raw materials the industry needs but also poses an existential threat to the sector's prevailing business model.

2015: A year in review

2015: A year in review

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. just-style's review of the year tracks those for whom the year will be memorable and those who may rather forget.

How will rising costs impact Adidas sourcing strategy?

How will rising costs impact Adidas sourcing strategy?

Expecting a hike of up to $1.8bn in the cost of sourcing its products over the next five years, German sportswear giant Adidas Group is realigning its supply platforms – including an "aggressive ramp-down" in China – and tackling the complexity and efficiency of its manufacturing processes in a bid to meet the challenge.

US apparel import countries – the winners, losers and those stuck in the middle

US apparel import countries – the winners, losers and those stuck in the middle

US garment imports have not only reached record levels but, based on recent data, growth is accelerating. David Birnbaum has used this as an opportunity to take a snapshot of the global garment industry: the current position of exporting countries and more importantly the direction in which they are moving.

Sustainable fibres, finishes, printing and processes at ITMA

Sustainable fibres, finishes, printing and processes at ITMA

Some of the most exciting developments on show at this month's ITMA international textile and garment machinery exhibition had a sustainability edge, from using fewer resources to reducing waste and speeding up processes. Here, we take a look at a few of the innovations launched.

Roundup - IAF convention in Turkey

Roundup - IAF convention in Turkey

just-style rounds up the latest coverage from this year's IAF convention in Istanbul, which includes an interview with Faruque Hassan, newly-appointed SVP of the BGMEA; Hugo Boss eyes further investment in Turkey; and a look at global cotton production.

Fast fashion: Smarter solutions are key to success

Fast fashion: Smarter solutions are key to success

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. All are covered in this month’s management briefing.

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