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Ethiopia prepares to meet apparel sourcing demand 7 Mar 2014

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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 26 Feb 2014

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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? 20 Feb 2014

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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? 12 Feb 2014

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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 4 Feb 2014

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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 21 Jan 2014

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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 16 Jan 2014

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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 13 Jan 2014

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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" 9 Jan 2014

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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 3 Jan 2014

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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... 23 Dec 2013

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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 16 Dec 2013

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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 6 Dec 2013

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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 27 Nov 2013

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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 25 Nov 2013

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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 18 Nov 2013

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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 11 Nov 2013

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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's wear continues to weigh on M&S 5 Nov 2013

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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 27 Oct 2013

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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 'regional hub' dream 16 Oct 2013

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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 11 Oct 2013

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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 3 Oct 2013

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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 1 Oct 2013

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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 27 Sep 2013

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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 19 Sep 2013

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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 11 Sep 2013

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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.


US textile and apparel imports continue to climb 9 Sep 2013

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US textile and apparel imports continued to climb in July as retailers brought more merchandise into the country for the back-to-school season, with double-digit gains seen by both Bangladesh and Vietnam.


RFID: Business benefits for the apparel industry 3 Sep 2013

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As Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging has matured, the technology’s benefits for the apparel industry have become clear. Here, just-style looks at the latest innovations, opportunities for enhanced supply chain visibility and return on investment, increased accuracy in inventory and out-of-stock management, protection against theft and counterfeits, and the impact of omni-channel retailing.


Worthless Billabong still in choppy waters 29 Aug 2013

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Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong is attempting to move beyond recent turbulence and onto its turnaround plans, but uncertainty still remains.


Bangladesh: Redefining the apparel supply chain 27 Aug 2013

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Far from marking the beginning of the end for Bangladesh's garment export sector, recent tragedies have set the industry on a course that could see it evolve into a world-class player. And more than that, the changes underway could also redefine the apparel supply chain of the future.

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