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US trade agenda back on track 26 Jun 2015

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President Obama’s trade agenda took a major step forward yesterday (24 June) after the US Senate passed fast-track legislation seen as key to finalising a pending agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


Gap and H&M back Myanmar path to labour reform 26 Jun 2015

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Myanmar is set to become a more attractive garment sourcing and investment destination after plans were agreed on labour law reforms in the country – with Gap and H&M coming out in support of the proposals.


Product 3.0 underpins Gap brand turnaround plans 18 Jun 2015

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A new approach to product development – dubbed ‘Product 3.0’ – underpinned by a responsive and seamless supply chain, is at the heart of plans to turnaround the Gap brand.


AGOA renewal offers great opportunities for Africa 15 Jun 2015

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Should the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) be renewed for ten years as expected, there would be unprecedented opportunities for the sub-Saharan Africa textile and apparel sector.


Apparel sourcing shifts: The current state of play 3 Jun 2015

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The apparel sourcing landscape, with its ever more complex supply chains and added pressure for faster speed and careful control of costs, continues to shift. But is garment production really moving out of China? What are the pitfalls when switching suppliers? How has the trend towards dual sourcing accelerated? And is reshoring to the UK and US really happening? We take a look in this month’s management briefing.


Texprocess 2015: Making technology work in fashion 1 Jun 2015

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Tools for improved colour communication, 3D design and prototyping, and the integration of key business functions were unveiled at the recent Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. And faster time-to-market, better quality, lower cost and increased productivity are among the benefits.


Bangladesh Accord: Factory safety progressing slowly 28 May 2015

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Two years after the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up, the group says it could still take at least another 18 months before corrective action plans are completed for all factories.


When will Gap get back on track? 28 May 2015

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While new Gap Inc CEO Art Peck has a laser focus on fixing the Gap brand’s woes, finding the right formula is proving elusive. Indeed, a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016, with the spring season seen as a "no excuses moment."


Tanzania adds to Africa’s apparel sourcing mix 26 May 2015

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Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are all ramping up their efforts to put Africa on the apparel sourcing map with a range of policies designed to encourage mills, manufacturers and buyers to invest. But another country vying for a slice of the action is Tanzania, with ambitions to offer the best overall package in Africa.


Apparel buyers miss out on commodity cost savings 15 May 2015

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Apparel and footwear brands and retailer should be benefiting from tumbling commodity prices, especially for oil and cotton - but many are missing out on significant savings by failing to truly understand their value chains.


Crystal Group eyes “mega-capacity” in Vietnam 8 May 2015

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Garment maker Crystal Group sees Vietnam as its "new star", with expansion projects under way that the company hopes will increase sweater production seven-fold over the next four years, and T-shirt production three-fold.


Sourcing in Africa: Challenges and opportunities 8 May 2015

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Africa has the potential to rival Asia as a future apparel sourcing hub. East Africa, in particular is attracting investment, as well as business from major international fashion brands and retailers. But AGOA extension and an EU trade deal with the East African Community are seen as key – as is learning from Asia’s successes and failures.


Capacity building key to Myanmar momentum 1 May 2015

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A focus on the development of locally-owned factories is an impediment to the development of the garment industry in Myanmar, David Birnbaum believes. Instead, he suggests the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) must take a leading role in moving the industry forward.


Three tipping points for RFID in fashion 1 May 2015

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In recent years, a growing number of retail RFID use cases have clearly demonstrated the benefits of being able to track inventory at the item level, leading to better shelf replenishment and fewer out of stocks. Su Doyle, responsible for industry solutions at US product identification manufacturer CheckPoint Systems, looks at the three driving factors for RFID adoption in the apparel industry.


Denim Days talks innovation, technology and sustainability 27 Apr 2015

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Digitally printed jeans described as the ultimate sustainable product, more sophisticated weaves, and vegan fabrics are just a few of the innovations being launched at this year's Denim Days event in Amsterdam. The sustainability issue in producing jeans and innovative new technologies were also hot topics.


Rana Plaza: Two years on 24 Apr 2015

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Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore.


How will TPP emerge from fast-track trade bill? 24 Apr 2015

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A bipartisan package of bills could pave the way for "fast track" negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But there are still a lot of barriers before a TPP agreement emerges – and it more than likely won’t be the deal US apparel importers have been hoping for


Adidas worker hotline bridges communication gap 15 Apr 2015

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Sporting goods giant Adidas is evolving its factory monitoring system away from auditing to track supply chain compliance and is instead working to develop self-governance programmes for its suppliers. Part of the process has been to improve communication with workers at its supplier factories - including the launch of an SMS hotline, which will reach 250,000 workers by the end of the year.


Pou Yuen strike underscores Vietnam challenges 10 Apr 2015

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Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.


Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2015 1 Apr 2015

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In this annual management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2015 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.


Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan 27 Mar 2015

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Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.


Production problems weigh on Pakistan 27 Mar 2015

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Pakistan's ambition to double its clothing and textile exports over five years, and its accession to the EU's GSP+ trade scheme last year, suggest it should be an exciting prospect for apparel sourcing. However, in the last year two companies have pulled production out of the country, citing risk, delays and instability. This might not yet point to a wider trend, but their concerns highlight issues worth watching.


What next for smart fabrics and garments? 20 Mar 2015

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Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market. Katie Smith reports.


Tackling the challenges of sourcing cotton sustainably 20 Mar 2015

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Sourcing cotton more sustainably is increasingly moving up the agenda of global apparel brands and retailers as the environmental and social impacts become ever clearer. However, while many are already working to address these issues, it seems there is much more still to be done.


The Fit Factor: The business benefits of consistent fit 17 Mar 2015

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There’s no ‘quick fix’ to solving problems with size and fit - but getting it right can save time, money and build customer loyalty, according to executives at a recent conference on the issue.


Clothing brands failing Cambodia factory inspections 9 Mar 2015

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Labour rights abuses are still rife in Cambodia’s garment factories, thanks to an inadequate and corrupt inspection system and widespread subcontracting by suppliers, a new report says.


Myanmar Code of Conduct a first step in compliance 4 Mar 2015

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The recent move by the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) to establish a voluntary Code of Conduct for its members is seen as a sign of its commitment to becoming a responsible sourcing destination. The next question is what more needs to be done in order for the Code to be implemented and become effective?


New Gap CEO set to tackle “aesthetic issue” 27 Feb 2015

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Gap CEO Art Peck has only been in the job for a matter of weeks, but his early “to do” list is already assuming somewhat alarming proportions.


Why should brands care about China cotton? 27 Feb 2015

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International fashion brands and retailers are being urged to help build a more resilient cotton supply chain in China if they want to secure supplies of the raw material for the future. But can they really make a difference, and why should they care?


New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear 27 Feb 2015

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New eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that not only offer more sustainable choices for sportswear and outdoor apparel, but in many cases give improved functionality too, were on show at this month’s ISPO Münich trade fair. The natural performance of wool, plant-based laminates, ultra lightweight insulation and advanced temperature regulation were among the highlights.

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