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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.


China changes drive global sourcing search 15 Aug 2013

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In its constant search for cheaper and cheaper production bases around the world, there are few places the apparel and textile industry has left untouched. But still the search goes on. From Africa to the Americas, Burma to Bangladesh, there seems to be a never-ending debate as to the next sourcing hotspot.


Green garments: Sustainability in the supply chain 9 Aug 2013

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In its drive to become more ethical and environmentally-friendly, the global fashion and textile industry is facing numerous challenges and opportunities. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at how apparel manufacturers are seeking sustainable options such as eco-labels and closed loop supply chains, while brands are acting to reduce their toxic chemical use.


Monitoring supplier workforces via mobile phone 30 Jul 2013

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The use of mobile phones to monitor labour abuses in apparel-making countries is emerging as an accelerating trend this year, as apparel brands and retailers come under increasing pressure to be more accountable for their supplier base. Not only are two programmes being used by Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart, but the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety plans to set up an anonymous worker hotline later this year.


Could India rival China as a clothing exporter? 22 Jul 2013

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The Indian apparel industry has made progress with backward integration over the last five years, but needs to continue to reorganise to play to its strengths. If India does invest, it could rival China as clothing exporter.


Buy-in from all levels pivotal to apparel PLM success 18 Jul 2013

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In theory, the decision to invest in a product lifecycle management (PLM) system shouldn't be a hard sell, with well-documented benefits including faster development cycles and greater control over costs and collaboration. Yet in reality, one of the biggest challenges facing apparel PLM projects still seems to be convincing stakeholders and shareholders that it is worth embarking on.


How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up? 12 Jul 2013

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Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.


Bangladesh safety accord firms to inspect all factories 8 Jul 2013

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The group of 70 retailers and brands that have signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have agreed to inspect all of their supplier factories in the country within the next nine months.


Croatia clothing sector eyes boost from EU accession 1 Jul 2013

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Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union on 1 July 2013. The move offers greater access to EU customers for its textiles and clothing, as well as potential benefits from EU investment funds.

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