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Myanmar moves on labour law reforms 29 Jun 15

Myanmar is set to become a more attractive garment sourcing and investment destination after plans were agreed on labour law reforms in the country – with Gap and H&M coming out in support of the proposals...


Sri Lankan company wins firm of the year 24 Jun 15

Congratulations to Textured Jersey Lanka Plc, which has won top prize in the inaugural World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute...


Shaking up the supply chain 22 Jun 15

Ongoing efforts to reverse a slump in sales at its namesake brand are to see US clothing retailer Gap Inc shutter 175 of its namesake stores in the US and axe 250 head office jobs...


US trade legislation hangs by a thread 16 Jun 15

Efforts to move forward on key pieces of US trade legislation intensified last week. A package of measures to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and extend the Haiti HELP/HOPE programme was approved by the US House of Representatives – although it now needs to return to the Senate for another vote...


Apparel sourcing landscape continues to shift 10 Jun 15

The apparel sourcing landscape, with its increasingly complex supply chains and added pressure for faster speed and careful control of costs, continues to shift. But is garment production really moving out of China?..


Progress on product processes 1 Jun 15

While new Gap Inc CEO Art Peck has a laser focus on fixing the Gap brand’s woes, finding the right formula is proving elusive. Indeed, a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016, with the spring season seen as a "no excuses moment."..


Environmental impact slanted on supply chain 27 May 15

Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding – and changing – the environmental footprint of its business by putting a monetary value on the ecological impact racked up across its operations...


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...

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