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Some 1,138 workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed three years agoRana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change 24 Apr 17

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.


The Alliance says BangladeshBrands and industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh reform 24 Apr 17

Michelle Russell

Industry groups, brands and unions have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the completion and long-term reform of Bangladesh's apparel industry on the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.


Donald TrumpTrade Tracker: The Trump Revolution and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism 21 Apr 17

Mike Flanagan

After months of loud – and often unrealistic – sloganeering, both the Trump Revolution and Britain’s Brexit plans got a transforming injection of hard-nosed practicality in the first few weeks of April.


Laborlink uses mobile technologies to survey factory workers, giving brands and retailers a real-time insight across their supply chainsUsing worker surveys to drive change in supply chains 20 Apr 17

Beth Wright

Getting brands and retailers to think differently about the way they connect with workers in their supplier factories is key to producing more reliable audits in the future, says Heather Franzese, executive director and co-founder of Good World Solutions. She explains how direct worker feedback from its mobile survey platform, Laborlink, is being used to help bring about change, drive sourcing decisions and give deeper visibility into the supply chain.


Myanmar garment exports to the US averaged about US$4m per month in 2016’s fourth-quarterNo US rush to Myanmar despite end to sanctions 18 Apr 17

Jeremy Mullins

America may have scrapped its major sanctions against emerging outsourcing centre Myanmar, and brought back the southeast Asian country's GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) access to US markets, but the impact on the clothing trade has so far been underwhelming.


VF Corp owns 24 manufacturing sites, including this facility in MexicoWhere does VF's supply chain sit in new growth strategy? 13 Apr 17

Leonie Barrie

VF Corp’s latest five-year growth plan sets out the company’s goals to 2021, including a ramped-up focus on its top-performing Vans, Timberland and The North Face brands. Underpinning its plans, the company notes, is a rapidly changing marketplace – and the pivotal role played by its supply chain.


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Rana Plaza - Four year anniversaryRana Plaza - Four year anniversary

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry.

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: Why digital supply chains are top of mind 3 Apr 2017

Leonie Barrie

Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.


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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 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.


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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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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.


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