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Adidas is targeting a 15% increase in net income per year to 2020Spotlight on... Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan 27 Mar 15

Katie Smith

Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.


SuperGroup is to increase direct sourcing and global sourcing flexibilityIN THE MONEY: SuperGroup to adapt sourcing model for speed 27 Mar 15

Michelle Russell

Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving efficiency and speed to market.


Lanieri integrates Italian classic men’s tailoring with virtual shoppingCOMMENT: Cutting-edge companies focus on consumer needs 25 Mar 15

Emma Birnbaum

Cutting-edge companies are hitting back at design and low quality stock manufactured by a faceless and perpetual assembly-line. In its place, the vanguard of the new industry is developing original and revolutionary business models.


To date, $21.5m has been paid into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust FundRana Plaza fund call grows as anniversary nears 24 Mar 15

Michelle Russell

As the countdown to the second anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy begins, the call is getting louder for apparel brands to fill the gap in compensation for victims before 24 April.


Pakistan is a vertical industry, from production of raw materials to fabric and fashionSOURCING: Production problems weigh on Pakistan 24 Mar 15

Michelle Russell

Pakistan's ambition to double its clothing and textile exports over five years, and its accession to the EU's GSP+ trade scheme last year, suggest it should be an exciting prospect for apparel sourcing. However, in the last year two companies have pulled production out of the country, citing risk, delays and instability. This might not yet point to a wider trend, but their concerns highlight issues worth watching.


80% of LesothoLesotho risks major clothing job losses if AGOA lapses 23 Mar 15

Nicola Jenvey

An estimated one-third of Lesotho's textile and clothing production will be decimated if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed in September, a senior South African textile and clothing sector consultant has warned.


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Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth planSpeed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan

Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.

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Michelle RussellLatest blog entry: Apparel firms taps into growing wearable tech market 24 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

Smart fabrics and wearable technology go hand in hand. And with strong growth forecast over the coming years, it's no wonder fashion and software companies are developing new products to tap into the market.


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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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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