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Financing is just one part of the remediation equationBangladesh: The road ahead on remediation 19 Dec 14

Leonie Barrie

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.


Stricter assessment is helping to capture more mistakesVietnam garment factories face fire safety challenge 18 Dec 14

Richard Woodard

Blocked fire exits and a lack of proper equipment and training highlight a “persistently high” level of non-compliance with fire safety standards in Vietnam garment factories, says a new report.


The middleman is responsible for ensuring facilities carry out the work required by the customer at an acceptable level of performanceCOMMENT: The decline of the buying office 18 Dec 14

David Birnbaum

Twenty years ago major garment importers and retailers began to move away from independent agents to set up wholly-owned buying offices where every middleman performed the same work. Fast forward to 2014, and the range of services has soared in both number and complexity. The challenge, now, is to quantify the level of performance - and commission, writes David Birnbaum.


2014 was a tumultuous year for many garment-making countries2014: Year in review - Sourcing winners and losers 17 Dec 14

Lee Adendorff

2014 was a tumultuous year for many garment-making countries. While some were burdened by ongoing industrial unrest and allegations of poverty wages and labour violations, others saw exports increase in a critically competitive environment.


2014 was the year where science wove itself onto threads2014: Year in review - The unusual and unexpected 17 Dec 14

Lee Adendorff

Wearable technology, 3D printing, and new frontier fabrics: 2014 was the year where science wove itself onto threads as never before.


Merchandise misses and store closures weighed on some retailers in 20142014: Year in review - Retail winners and losers 17 Dec 14

Lee Adendorff

International expansion, strong online performance and ethical commitments helped lift some retailers during 2014, but merchandise misses, the closure of underperforming stores, and a profit overstatement weighed on others.


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Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exportsBangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.

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Michelle RussellLatest blog entry: Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality 10 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


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