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Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic FuturesINTERVIEW: String traceability tool goes back to basics 23 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.


The Chinese government is taking steps to offload its massive cotton stockpilesANALYSIS: Changes in China's cotton policies create uncertainty 23 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

The impact of recent changes to Chinese government policies on both the production and sale of raw cotton are continuing to cause uncertainty.


Gap is looking to grow its operating margin beyond 13% ANALYSIS: Responsive supply chain key to Gap's growth plans 23 Apr 14

Katie Smith

US clothing giant Gap Inc has set its sights on growing operating margin beyond 13%, as it looks to gain a larger share of the US$1.4 trillion global apparel market. Key to this is building a more responsive supply chain, seamless inventory, international expansion, and omni-channel capabilities.


Vietnam is already the second-largest apparel supplier to the US after ChinaANALYSIS: Garment firms set sights on Vietnam amid TPP talks 22 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

Progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to falter, with the latest talks coming to an end last week in Japan amid "considerable differences." Yet many garment makers continue to ramp up their investments in Vietnam - one of the negotiating countries - despite ongoing uncertainties over the rules of origin issue.


Tesco already has an international presence with its F&F clothing brandAnalysis: Tesco takes second stab at US market with F&F 17 Apr 14

Michelle Russell

Retail behemoth Tesco this week revealed plans to open a chain of F&F clothing franchise stores in the US, marking the group's return to the States following the sale of its Fresh & Easy chain seven months ago. The announcement was shadowed somewhat by the group's second year of falling profits, published a day later. Nonetheless, industry observers believe the move appears to be a logical one, despite the failure of its food venture.


The average monthly wage for a skilled worker in Myanmar is US$100Hong Kong garment manufacturers eye Myanmar outsourcing 16 Apr 14

Dongxia Su

As China's garment manufacturing industry continues to lose its competitive edge as a low-cost clothing supplier through worker wage rises and increasing regulation, more companies are looking to alternative sourcing destinations. As a result, new frontiers like Burma/Myanmar are being assessed.


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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: Is China losing its competitive edge? 22 Apr 2014

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Further confirmation that China's garment manufacturing industry continues to lose its competitive edge came last week when it was revealed that a number of Hong Kong garment companies are looking to build plants in Burma/Myanmar.


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