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US border tax a contentious issue 20 Feb 17

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come...


Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape 13 Feb 17

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain...


Trump administration starts to shake up trade 23 Jan 17

Last week we marked the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States by taking a closer look at what's at stake for the textile and apparel trade – especially his promises to tear up US trade agreements, impose tariffs on imports from China and Mexico, and bring back US jobs and manufacturing...


Likely shifts in the sourcing landscape in 2017 16 Jan 17

Continuing our look at what lies ahead for the apparel industry and its supply chain in 2017, the panel of industry experts consulted by just-style last week tackled likely shifts in the sourcing landscape...


Trump trade policies and China tensions top concerns 11 Jan 17

This week our focus turns to first thoughts from a panel of industry experts consulted by just-style on the challenges and opportunities likely to face the apparel supply chain in 2017, with prospects for volatile and uneven growth, Trump’s trade policies, and tensions between the US and China among the issues highlighted...


Happy New Year – and a first look at 2017 3 Jan 17

Welcome back after the holiday break, and from the team here at just-style I’d like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year...


Apply now to join re:source the testing program 16 Dec 16

The countdown is over: we’ve now opened applications to join the testing program for just-style’s new apparel sourcing planning tool, re:source...


US apparel imports offer little holiday cheer in October 12 Dec 16

Despite expectations for a rise in imports as retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season, the volume of apparel shipments into the US continued to slide in October...


A new re:source from just-style 6 Dec 16

Some of just-style’s more eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a small change to the menu bar on the homepage: the addition of the word re:source. Yes it might be a small change – but it marks the countdown to the biggest launch in our 16-year history...


Robotics opportunities still remote 5 Dec 16

Among the issues currently facing leading sportswear brands and manufacturers is the struggle to equip factories with the robotic and cyber physical systems (CPS) element of Industry 4.0 processes – at least in the near term, a major international conference has heard...

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