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Once clothing sourcing was all about China. Not any more. Recent years have seen a decline in China's export industry, especially in labour-intensive sectors such as clothing and footwear manufacturing, because of rising labour costs and an appreciating Chinese yuan. But while many China garment makers are moving out or moving online, production shifts are not necessarily a linear process.>
Regardless of the debate about whether China is losing its shine as a clothing source, brands will always be looking for a competitive edge in new manufacturing hubs.>
While international clothing buyers today have a lot of sourcing choices, this multiplicity of options can bring its own management headaches, making it important that brands make subtle, complex and fluid purchasing decisions to keep ahead of the competition.>
With fast fashion demands growing and China's costs rising, sourcing closer to home is a more commonly considered option for apparel brands and retailers.>
With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.>
In the past ten years the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) implemented in the United States has almost doubled. So why have US apparel imports entering under free trade agreements fallen to a record low? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, investigates.>
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With agreements for two acquisitions totalling around $1bn in the space of just 21 days, Hanesbrands is positioning itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world. And the power of its company-owned supply chain is seen as the catalyst for substantial savings.
Contrasting fortunes characterised the global clothing industry last week. On the one hand Hanesbrands has positioned itself as the largest basic apparel company in the world after agreeing to buy Australian rival Pacific Brands in an US$800m deal. But on the other, the UK high street stands to lose 204 years of combined retailing history as retailers BHS and Austin Reed Group both called in the administrators.
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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