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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.

Texprocess & Techtextil 2013 21 Jun 2013

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Faster time-to-market, better quality and lower cost are the drivers behind the latest developments unveiled at last week's Texprocess and Techtextil trade fairs in Frankfurt, Germany. Here, just-style presents a snapshot of some of the innovations on show for apparel makers.

Lululemon still counting Luon cost 14 Jun 2013

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Assessing the true cost of Lululemon’s recall of its hugely popular black Luon pants back in March could take some time yet.

Get your act together on Bangladesh, industry told 7 Jun 2013

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The Rana Plaza factory disaster should be a wake-up call for everyone involved in the apparel industry - and the catalyst for real, systematic change in Bangladesh -the US Senate hasbeen told during a special hearing.

Cambodia: a rising star with a falling reputation? 25 May 2013

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Cambodia's reputation as a standard-bearer for apparel workers' rights is wearing thin - and yet the country is a rising star when it comes to attracting foreign investment and increasing exports.

Transatlantic divide on Bangladesh factory safety 16 May 2013

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Apparel brands and retailers have been rushing to agree new rules to improve safety in Bangladesh garment factories. But while European firms are favouring the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a coalition of North American retailers has gone its own way with the Safer Factories Initiative.

Marks & Spencer to modernise sourcing and supply chain 13 May 2013

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Retailer Marks & Spencer is working to update its sourcing and logistics systems after admitting that 20 years of under-investment have led to a sluggish and inconsistent supply chain.

Factory collapse casts another shadow over Bangladesh 24 Apr 2013

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An eight-storey commercial building that housed five garment factories has collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing nearly 100 people - most of them apparel workers - and leaving several hundred others injured.

Supply chain key to Gap's global growth plans 22 Apr 2013

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As turnaround efforts finally start to take hold at US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc, the company is now focusing on leveraging its global brands to gain a larger share of the $1.4trn global apparel market.

M&S expects clothing improvement in autumn 15 Apr 2013

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Marks & Spencer has highlighted the efforts already being made by the retailer's new clothing design team - but stresses the full results of their efforts won't be seen until the autumn/winter range is released.

Ron Johnson leaves JC Penney 10 Apr 2013

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After a rocky ride at JC Penney, the man brought in to transform the business, Ron Johnson, has been pushed out, as losses at the department store chain widened.

Prime Source Forum 2013 4 Apr 2013

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The over-riding message from this year's Prime Source Forum 2013 in Hong Kong is that apparel sourcing has finally reached a critical turning point. Instead of continuing to chase the lowest costs around the globe, the industry focus is now shifting to collaboration between retailers and their vendors, and the creation of an integrated value chain.

Lululemon's sheer fabric problem 26 Mar 2013

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US activewear brand Lululemon suffered an embarrassing and costly error last week after it had to recall black trousers made with its Luon fabric after discovering they were sheerer than expected. The brand admitted the move may cost it up to US$20m in lost sales.

China pushes textile companies to go green 12 Mar 2013

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China's textile and apparel industry is preparing for new government demands to introduce sustainable production in the sector - warning that companies failing to comply will be closed.

Question marks over new zero discharge roadmap 8 Mar 2013

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Leading fashion brands and retailers have joined forces to issue an update on their joint “roadmap” aimed at securing zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020. But the revised plans have already come under fire.

Transforming Burma into a competitive sourcing hub 27 Feb 2013

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Burma, the poorest country in South East Asia, is seen as having untapped garment production and sourcing opportunities thanks to its low labour costs, large workforce and beneficial access to rich consumer markets. But it also faces considerable challenges if it is to become competitive.

Wal-Mart apparel turnaround efforts gain traction 25 Feb 2013

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Wal-Mart has revealed that efforts to turn around its apparel business are finally starting to gain traction, with the US retail giant reporting the first full-year of positive comparable apparel sales for seven years.

Is clothing close to a closed loop future? 18 Feb 2013

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Retailers and brands are increasingly looking at the idea of closing the loop in the apparel supply chain. Taking a garment back to its original fibre form and then using this to create something new is seen as a way for firms to become more sustainable. But what is the future for closed loop?

China continues to lead US apparel and textile imports 13 Feb 2013

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For all the talk about declining Chinese competitiveness and the likely growth in near-sourcing, official figures show China continued to dominate US apparel and textile imports last year.

US retailers post strong start to 2013 8 Feb 2013

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2013 got off to a strong start for US clothing and footwear retailers in January, with many reporting their best performance since September 2011.

Outlook 2013: Apparel industry issues to watch 5 Feb 2013

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For this year's annual 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 2013. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.

Compliance campaigns set to take a new direction 1 Feb 2013

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Two campaigns carried out over the past two years by two groups of activists have achieved very different results. Whereas Greenpeace has successfully corralled major brands and retailers into its Detox programme, the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (BFBSA) campaign has struggled to make a mark. It seems the Bangladesh factory fire row is reshaping the future of compliance.

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