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Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 20 Oct 14

Katie Smith

More than 180 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people last year.


Good World Solutions estimates there are 6.8bn mobile subscriptions globallyMarks & Spencer to extend mobile phone monitoring 17 Oct 14

Leonie Barrie

Retailer Marks & Spencer is planning to extend a programme that allows it to survey workers in its clothing supplier factories on their mobile phones, following the success of a one-year trial of the scheme.


The outdoor industry is experiencing massive disruptionOutdoor industry's future must be more inclusive 17 Oct 14

Debra Cobb

"The outdoors is not just for the hardcore outdoorsman," declared NPD's chief industry analyst for sports and leisure trends, Marshal Cohen, at last week's Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Rendezvous, which took place in Asheville, North Carolina.


China is taking a tougher stance to tighten up on textile pollution (Photo credit: Qiu Bo/Greenpeace)China tightens up on corporate social responsibility 16 Oct 14

Jens Kastner

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


Factoring offers a lifeline to many apparel makersANALYSIS: Factoring - a lifeline for apparel suppliers? 15 Oct 14

Michelle Russell

The role played by factoring in the apparel supply chain came under the spotlight last week with reports suggesting that factoring companies have scaled back on coverage to vendors supplying department store retailer Sears Holdings. However, the transaction offers a lifeline to many apparel makers, and is seeing a resurgence as a major source of capital for the industry.


Glenn Murphy joined Gap in 2007Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc 14 Oct 14

Michelle Russell

Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.


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Gap CEO Murphy makes way for Art PeckGap CEO Murphy makes way for Art Peck

Glen Murphy, the CEO of US retail giant Gap Inc, this week announced his intention to step down on 1 February after seven years in the role. He will be succeeded by the head of Gap's digital division, Art Peck.

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: China takes a tougher stance on CSR 20 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


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The Flanarant The Flanarant

A forthright take on the follies the world’s apparel buying community has to deal with, from Mike Flanagan, CEO of Clothesource – and his suggestions for putting them right.


Speaking with style Speaking with style

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With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.


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A month-by-month overview of US apparel and shoe chains' sales results. Same-store sales figures help gauge how a specific retailer has performed, making this feature invaluable for evaluating your customers or competitors.

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