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Commodity cost savings hard to pin down 20 May 15

Apparel and footwear brands and retailers should be benefiting from tumbling commodity prices, especially for oil and cotton – but many are missing out on significant savings by failing to truly understand their value chains...


West Coast ports strike skews data 11 May 15

Apparel imports into the US surged in March, as retailers ramped up their imports of spring/summer merchandise and cargo volumes at West Coast ports started to clear. The top three supplier countries booked double-digit increases, with China leading the way...


Business as usual not an option in Bangladesh 27 Apr 15

A number of reports and events last week to mark the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster all emphasised that while progress has been made towards a safer garment industry in Bangladesh, some major challenges still lie ahead. A special report on just-style looks at the new concerns and frustrations now coming to the fore for industry executives...


H&M leads on sustainable fashion 17 Apr 15

H&M's new Conscious Exclusive collection, which launched this week, proves that high street fashion can be sustainable. And as the line gains momentum it’s using more diverse materials, including recycled beads, fabrics such as hemp, organic linen, and organic leather...


A sourcing hub for the future? 7 Apr 15

If global brands, manufacturers and mills could come together and build vertical supply chains in Africa, they would set themselves up with a sourcing hub for the future...


Toxic-free fashion leaders 19 Mar 15

Esprit and Benetton have been quick off the mark to celebrate their ratings as “Detox leaders” in this year’s “Detox Catwalk” rankings. The online platform is designed to assess fashion brands’ records on removing toxic chemicals from the supply chain, and has just been published for the second time...


Embracing radical change in size and fit 16 Mar 15

Fashion brands and retailers need to embrace “radical change” in their apparel sizing and fit strategies if they are to remain competitive in a changing environment, according to executives at a recent conference on the issue...


Underlying issues take their toll 9 Mar 15

Bangladesh's textile and clothing exporters, still reeling from the impact of continuing political unrest in the country, now say they are facing a second shock wave: the freefall of the euro. Industry lobbyists and analysts fear the decline in value of the European single currency will cut exporters’ profit margins, weakening their ability to compete in the 19 countries using the euro...


China cotton call 2 Mar 15

International fashion brands and retailers are being urged to help build a more resilient cotton supply chain in China if they want to secure supplies of the raw material for the future. But can they really make a difference, and why should they care?..


Are you up to speed on 'The Fit Factor'? 27 Feb 15

A special event on ‘The Fit Factor – World class wisdom on fashion sizing and fit’ will bring together speakers from Marks & Spencer, Tesco, C&A and Debenhams in the UK next week...

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