One year on: Rana Plaza

One year ago, one of the worst industrial disasters occurred when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing nearly 1,200 garment workers. just-style has followed developments closely over the last 12 months.

CHINA: Demand for brands to bear social responsibility over strike

Hong Kong-based advocacy group Globalization Monitor has issued an open letter to sourcing brands of the striking Yue Yuen factory in China - Adidas, Nike, and Timberland - demanding they bear their corporate social responsibility.

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ANALYSIS: Responsive supply chain key to Gap's growth plans

Gap has set its sights on growing operating margin beyond 13%, as it looks to gain a larger share of the US$1.4trn global apparel market. Key to this is a more responsive supply chain, seamless inventory, international expansion, and omni-channel.

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Latest Apparel Insights

Rana Plaza one year on: Remedies doomed to fail?

Major remedial plans established in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster are “failing to address” the greatest risks posed by the systemic we...

Bangladesh reforms must ramp up their progress

Among the numerous statements released today (24 April) to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, there is a depressing simil...

Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the fac...

Rana Plaza one year on: Bangladesh in words

One year today, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occured when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killin...

Changes in China cotton policies cause uncertainty

The impact of recent changes to Chinese government policies on both the production and sale of raw cotton are continuing to cause uncertaint...

Responsive supply chain key to Gap's growth plans

US clothing giant Gap Inc has set its sights on growing operating margin beyond 13%, as it looks to gain a larger share of the US$1.4 trilli...

Major Apparel News

Textile dye prices rise on environmental pressure

Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 14

Tougher environmental controls in the production of raw materials and intermediate chemicals in Asia, especially in China, are leading to higher prices for textile dyes.


Brands urged to uphold responsibility at Yue Yuen

Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 14

Hong Kong-based advocacy group Globalization Monitor has issued an open letter to brands sourcing from the striking Yue Yuen factory in China - Adidas, Nike, and Timberland - demanding they uphold their corporate social responsibility.


Conflicting reports on Cambodia garment protest

Poorna Rodrigo | 24 Apr 14

Conflicting reports are emerging of the support given to a five-day stay-at-home protest by Cambodia's garment workers trying to put pressure on their bosses to increase wages.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:46pm 24 Apr 2014)

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Poor weather hurts Destination Maternity Q2 profit

China manufacturing activity remains weak in April

Round Rock deal to help Avery Dennison RFID uptake

Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: String traceability tool goes back to basics 23 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.


Interview: SuperGroup supply chain realignment to support growth 15 Apr 14

Michelle Russell

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has had a somewhat buoyant year to date, with strong bottom line growth in its last three quarters, and ambitious plans to extend its international presence. To support this growth, the company has been busy re-aligning its supply chain. COO Susanne Given talks to Michelle Russell about the challenges international expansion brings and the group's position in the competitive youth apparel marketplace.


Interview: N Brown reaffirms commitment to Bangladesh 31 Mar 14

Michelle Russell

Nearly a year on from the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh, the collective work by brands and suppliers to ensure safer working conditions is starting to gain some traction. Andy York, ethical trading manager for retailer N Brown, has been closely involved in the efforts so far. He tells Michelle Russell that it is more important now than ever before to have an ethical supply chain - and that N Brown remains committed to Bangladesh.

Apparel Blog

Fashion Revolution Day marks Rana Plaza anniversary

Katie Smith | 24 Apr 14

A campaign encouraging shoppers to ask where and how their garments have been made has been set up to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.


Is China losing its competitive edge?

Leonie Barrie | 22 Apr 14

Further confirmation that China's garment manufacturing industry continues to lose its competitive edge came last week when it was revealed that a number of Hong Kong garment companies are looking to build plants in Burma/Myanmar.


just-style takes an Easter break

Katie Smith | 17 Apr 14

We're heading off for an Easter break here in the UK, which means there will be no site updates or email newsletters on Friday (18 April) or Monday (21 April).

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Rana Plaza one year on

One year ago, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occurred when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing nearly 1,200 garment workers. just-style has followed developments closely over the last 12 months...

Prime Source Forum 2014

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Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2014?

In this month's management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2014 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.

Japan's Uniqlo in multi-pronged attack on US market

Premium Supima cotton, musician Pharrell Williams and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are spearheading the drive by Japan's Fast Retailing Co to expand its Uniqlo chain in the US market.

Apparel Market Research

Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapon

Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapons against infection

The demand for antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel has increased sharply since the mid-1990s due to growing awareness among consumers of the importance of personal hygiene and the health risks posed by certain microorganisms. As a result, there is a new generation of antimicrobial products on the market which offer protection against a broad spectrum of bacteria and can withstand up to 100 launderings... Read more

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Trade and trade policy: clothing imports, consumer expenditure and trends in five emerging markets: Brazil, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan and Peru, 4th quarter 2013

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Profile of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle: a leading retailer of premium branded apparel in India

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Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in South Africa, December 2013

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Waterproof breathable fabrics: demand for comfort is driving innovation

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