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3D images now have a photo-realistic qualityTexprocess 2015: Software solutions enhance speed and visibility 22 May 15

Leonie Barrie

Tools for improved colour communication, 3D design and prototyping, and the integration of key business functions were unveiled at the recent Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. And faster time-to-market, better quality, lower cost and increased productivity are among the benefits.

Texprocess & Techtextil 2015: Material innovations 22 May 15

Leonie Barrie

A number of new eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that only offer more sustainable choices for clothing and footwear were on show at this month's Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Waterborne polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics, thermoregulating fibres, and re-engineered wool-based yarns were among the highlights.

Kering is putting a monetary value on the ecological impact across its operations Supply chain weighs on Kering environmental footprint 21 May 15

Leonie Barrie

Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding – and changing – the environmental footprint of its business by putting a monetary value on the ecological impact racked up across its operations and global supply chain.

Tanzania is targeting exports of around $50m a year on an FOB basis, within two to three yearsSOURCING: Tanzania adds to Africa’s apparel sourcing mix 20 May 15

Leonie Barrie

Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are all ramping up their efforts to put Africa on the apparel sourcing map with a range of policies designed to encourage mills, manufacturers and buyers to invest. But another country vying for a slice of the action is Tanzania, with ambitions to offer the best overall package in Africa.

M&S What Marks & Spencer's numbers mean for clothing 20 May 15

Michelle Russell

The annual results from UK retailer Marks & Spencer have raised hopes among investors that the group is facing a brighter future. Headlines focused on M&S's first profit in four years yet, drilling down, the clothing division significantly increased profit margins even though its sales came in below company expectations. The question, however, is whether this is enough to turn its fortunes around.

Many supplier firms are finding themselves vying for orders, which reduces their bargaining powerBroad-based policies essential for garment industry 19 May 15

Michelle Russell

Broad-based policies are essential to improve poor garment industry working conditions and promote a better balance between the economic and social benefits of global supply chains, a new report suggests.

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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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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.

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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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