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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.


Is the tide turning on UK reshoring? 18 Feb 2015

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An increasing amount of hype in recent years has focused on the business of reshoring, including two separate reports in the last week alone. Yet, while industry observers are keen to highlight the opportunities offered by a return of apparel manufacturing to the UK, it seems reshoring is far from a done deal.


New supply chain options key amid US port problems 13 Feb 2015

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As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months. As the congestion continues to cause headwinds for apparel businesses, retailers are being told they must investigate new supply chain options, including more near- and on-shoring.


Is legal action the key to compliance? 12 Feb 2015

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There is growing pressure from activists and governments to make Western laws apply to alleged non-compliance in developing country garment factories. But the most likely outcome is that countries will be blacklisted with no effort to improve standards.


US apparel retailers' January 2015 sales roundup 10 Feb 2015

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US apparel retailers got off to a good start in January, with the majority posting comparable store sales gains, helped by post holiday clearance sales and stronger comparisons with last year, when severe weather hampered results.


Bangladesh bounces back in US apparel import rise 10 Feb 2015

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Despite continued disruption at US West Coast ports, apparel imports into the country bounced back in December, with Bangladesh seeing its first rise since January last year. Four of the top-ten supplier countries saw strong double-digit growth, including Bangladesh, with China and Vietnam remaining top of the table.


Transparency mixed in Uzbek cotton supply chain 5 Feb 2015

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Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revealed that while a number of companies have made improvements to address the issue of forced labour within the sector, many are reluctant to disclose the policies they are implementing or detail information about their suppliers.


Performance apparel set for continued growth 30 Jan 2015

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As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to stand out from the crowd and win over consumers.


New American Apparel CEO sounds confident note 23 Jan 2015

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Ten days into her new role as American Apparel CEO, industry veteran Paula Schneider sounded a confident note as she told investors and analysts this week that she is ready to build on the solid foundations of the business.


Myanmar garment sector experiencing rapid growth 15 Jan 2015

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Myanmar's garment sector is in the midst of significant growth and exciting changes - and a brand new and exclusive report produced by the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) offers essential reading for retailers, brands and importers looking to source from the country.


Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead 15 Jan 2015

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For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2015. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, ongoing challenges in omni-channel and the need for new supply chain solutions - and much more besides.


US apparel imports fall from eight of top-ten suppliers 12 Jan 2015

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With most holiday merchandise brought into the US early as retailers rushed to beat a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, it is perhaps not surprising that apparel imports fell in November. But with shipments plunging from eight of the top-ten suppliers, Vietnam alone was the stand-out performer during the month.


US apparel retailers' December 2014 sales roundup 9 Jan 2015

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Deep discounts, lower fuel prices and an improved employment market all helped to drive better-than-expected comparable store sales gains for apparel retailers in the crucial month of December.


Federal mediator intervenes in US port dispute 8 Jan 2015

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Two industry groups have welcomed federal mediation intervention to try to help resolve the ongoing labour dispute at 29 West Coast ports ahead of the import peak for spring season clothing and shoes.


just-style's top tens of 2014 23 Dec 2014

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Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories, analysis pieces, comment articles and interviews on just-style in 2014.


Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports 16 Dec 2014

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The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.


Bangladesh falls further as US apparel imports grow 10 Dec 2014

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As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Vietnam was undoubtedly the biggest beneficiary, while Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.


Challenge awaits Abercrombie & Fitch CEO replacement 10 Dec 2014

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US teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries this week stepped down after more than two decades at the helm. Although analysts believe a change of leadership could be positive for the group, there is no denying the new CEO faces a steep mountain to climb.


Is Black Friday losing its lustre? 5 Dec 2014

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Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping, and an improving economy appear to be changing the way US consumers approach what has traditionally been the biggest shopping weekend of the year.


US trade snapshot shows apparel and footwear shifts 28 Nov 2014

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With imports supplying most US consumer demand for textiles and apparel, and footwear, it is perhaps not surprising the US trade deficit in both sectors rose last year. just-style takes a look at both sectors.


Slow fashion: a fast-growing opportunity? 25 Nov 2014

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Decidedly at odds with fast fashion, the slow fashion movement offers an alternative to mass-produced clothing and is steadily gaining momentum. But while some believe more work is required if the message is to really take off, others see it as an ideal opportunity for middle market players.

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