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"The fashion supply chain is fractured, and the people who make our clothes have become faceless"Comment – ‘Fixing Fashion’ one stitch at a time 25 Nov 15

Guest author

A spate of books written over the past few years explores various aspects of the global garment business. But for Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, the newly-published "Fixing Fashion" should be required reading.

ChinaWhy China’s 5-year plan won't change garment-making 24 Nov 15

Mike Flanagan

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But does the Plan really tell us how garment-making in China will be affected? asks Mike Flanagan.

Out-of-stocks, late delivery or difficulty obtaining a product can all count against retailersSupply chains under pressure as Black Friday looms 20 Nov 15

Leonie Barrie

Retailers on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up for the hoped-for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping bonanzas – but many will also be waiting with baited breath to see if their supply chains can cope with the challenge.

Around 90% of JordanJordan garment sector strong despite regional unrest 19 Nov 15

Paul Cochrane

Jordan's US$1.34bn garment sector continues to expand despite the turmoil in much of the Middle East, with growth forecast at 10% in 2015. Yet while the industry is growing, jeans manufacturers have been complaining about water shortages and rising costs.

Sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly being considered by apparel sourcing executivesIAF ISTANBUL - Navigating a turbulent sourcing landscape 18 Nov 15

Michelle Russell

Apparel brands, retailers and suppliers are having to navigate an increasing number of supply chain challenges in order to operate in a more efficient and ethical way. But it is also important to look to alliances in creativity, engineering and sustainability to avoid inconsistency in the future, according to speakers at last month's International Apparel Federation (IAF) Convention in Istanbul.

Marjorie Yang, chairman of Esquel Group, says the company puts a high priority on environmental development and sustainabilityClothing sector helps China to green its growth 17 Nov 15

Wang Fangqing

A conference on sustainability staged by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has heard how China is making serious efforts to green its growth – and the clothing and textile sector is playing its part.

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