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"Everyone realises the need for speed," Gribbin saysFashion fit for the future – five strategies for speed 21 Oct 16

Leonie Barrie

The apparel industry has to get faster if it is to remain competitive – and relevant ­– in a rapidly changing environment, according to Ed Gribbin, president at size and fit specialist Alvanon. Speaking at last week's 'Fashion Fit For The Future' event, he set out some strategies and tactics for speed.

Advanced digitised manufacturing, value chains
and business models are transforming the apparel industryDigitisation to drive new apparel-making models 20 Oct 16

Liz Newmark

Clothing manufacturing will be completely transformed by the internet and digital printing over the next five to ten years, according to industry experts speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on European Textiles: Going Digital – Going High-Tech.

Vietnam will increase its minimum wage for garment workers by 7.3% from 1 January 2017Will new Vietnam wage hinder competitiveness? 19 Oct 16

Michael Tatarski

Vietnam's National Salary Council may have agreed to increase the country-wide minimum wage next year by the smallest proportion in a decade, but the country's clothing manufacturers are still warning this will be a hike too far.

Under ArmourHow Under Armour's Lighthouse will disrupt production 14 Oct 16

Michelle Russell

US sportswear giant Under Armour says it wants to propel its brand into the future through a new state-of-the-art Lighthouse manufacturing innovation facility that brings new opportunities in local-for-local manufacturing and customised products. Described by the group as its "magic bullet" and barely three months old, there are already plans for a second centre – and for the launch of several contract factories next year.

Delman Lee, chief technology officer for TALHow TAL Apparel is staying ahead of the game – interview 14 Oct 16

Michelle Russell

As one of the world's leading garment manufacturers, Hong Kong-based TAL Apparel is continually looking to see how it can add value in the apparel supply chain, as chief technology officer Delman Lee tells just-style.

The modular production system at Grupo M means labour productivity is highHaiti garment exports set to rise despite hurricane 13 Oct 16

Ivan Castano Freeman

Despite the wreckage wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, the country’s textile and garment exports are expected to rise 10% to roughly US$550m this year – as the bulk of the industry's factories are located outside its impact zone, industry executives have told just-style. 

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: Ethiopia unrest a sourcing risk? 18 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailer H&M and UK based glove and leather manufacturer Pittards both say they are monitoring the situation in Ethiopia closely after the country's government declared a state of emergency after months of unrest.

US apparel import roundup US apparel import roundup

Monthly figures from the Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) highlight the rise and fall of global apparel imports into the US.

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A weekly roundup of the latest research reports available on just-style.

Global news roundup Global news roundup

just-style's summary of apparel and footwear news from the world’s local media.

Viewpoint Viewpoint

just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

In the money In the money

A regular in-depth analysis prompted by what’s happening in the financial world and how it impacts on the apparel and footwear supply chain from manufacturing to retail.

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

Exclusive interviews with some of the apparel and footwear industry’s leading movers and shakers. Companies already featured include Marks & Spencer, H&M, Timberland, Adidas, New Look and Li & Fung.

Spotlight on... Spotlight on...

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.

Research updates Research updates

Facts and figures taken from some of the research reports published on just-style. Much of this information is only available in the reports themselves, so these articles provide a valuable snapshot of the latest data and forecasts.

Top stories on just-style Top stories on just-style

If you’re short of time or haven’t managed to check in to all our daily newsletters, reading these articles will ensure you’re up-to-date on the top five most-read stories on just-style in any given week.

Retail roundup Retail roundup

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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