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Firms urged to stay committed to Cambodia 17 Nov 14

Apparel brands have been urged to stay committed to Cambodia after a 28% rise in the minimum monthly wage was agreed for textile, garment and footwear workers...


Port problems play havoc with holiday imports 10 Nov 14

US firms including apparel retailers and importers are urging the government to intervene in the ongoing dispute at US west coast ports, amid worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise and fears a total shutdown may be imminent...


Forced labour claims weigh on India mills 3 Nov 14

A number of retailers were last week forced to respond to allegations of "forced labour" among female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named...


Will Adidas realign its strategy? 27 Oct 14

Speculation emerged last week that a group of investors is planning to bid for Adidas Group's Reebok unit, and that a likely sale would enable the German sportswear giant to realign its strategy as a fitness and lifestyle brand...


Nike hopes to win women's sportswear race 24 Oct 14

Competition for pole position in the women's sportswear market is about to heat up after Nike this week revealed it has set its sights on growing its women's business by 40% over the next two years...


China takes a tougher stance on CSR 20 Oct 14

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions...


Gap CEO switch a sign of transition 13 Oct 14

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant Gap Inc, look no further than the company's new leadership change. It was revealed last week that CEO Glenn Murphy is to step down in February, making way for Art Peck, the head of Gap's digital division...


just-style readership survey 7 Oct 14

We've just launched our first readership survey in two years - and want to know what you think about just-style, and the challenges you're facing at the moment...


Disruptors on the horizon... 6 Oct 14

Not content with dominating the global exporting landscape, China is now switching its focus to growth in domestic consumption. And according to Li & Fung chairman William Fung, this is likely to lead to "a rather bumpy ride" for the apparel industry...


Crystal Group looks at long-term growth 30 Sep 14

In an exclusive interview published on just-style last week, Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group, talks about the challenges of building the business for long-term growth, and ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals...

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