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China has managed to offset higher wages with rising productivity to keep prices competitiveSOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness 28 Aug 14

Leonie Barrie

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, new research suggests.


Athleta has the potential to reach $1.1bn in sales over the next five yearsVIEWPOINT: Fitness fashion propels Athleta towards $1bn sales 27 Aug 14

Leonie Barrie

Any talk of Gap Inc's portfolio invariably focuses on its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. But new number crunching suggests the company's Athleta women's athletic wear line is also gaining momentum.


IN THE MONEY: More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands 27 Aug 14

Michelle Russell

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the firm's strategy as it heads into the second half. Its focus will include more licensing deals and fewer acquisitions.


Hampshire Group designs and makes sportswear under licensed brands, its own brands and retail private labelsINTERVIEW: Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress 27 Aug 14

Leonie Barrie

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


Li & Fung is in year one of itSOURCING: Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth 26 Aug 14

Michelle Russell

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap, which it hopes will capture new customers in new categories and countries, and increase the group's cross-selling activities.


Better Work is aiming move into new programmes ANALYSIS: Better Work programme poised to expand 26 Aug 14

Richard Woodard

The Better Work programme is set to expand its activities and influence over the next few years in an effort to drive up working conditions across the global garment industry.


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