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Tackling transparency and traceability 5 Sep 16

The ongoing challenge of tackling transparency and traceability across global supply chains cropped up again last week, with the launch of a new initiative to try to eliminate forced labour from cotton and yarn production...


Trends in the US apparel sourcing landscape 30 Aug 16

As a barometer of the latest trends in the US apparel sourcing landscape, the recent Sourcing at MAGIC trade show pointed to a shift from regional to global sourcing, a move towards fewer but more capable 'super vendors', increasing interest in 'Made in USA' products, the rise of Ethiopia and concerns over Vietnam...


US apparel imports take a tumble in June 15 Aug 16

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in June, even though more than half of the top-ten supplier countries booked growth...


Under Armour shuns athleisure label 1 Aug 16

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the imminent launch of a new sportswear line that will help broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience, and the signing of a new partnership deal with Kohl's...


Ethiopia clothing and textile sector expanding 25 Jul 16

Ethiopia's flagship industrial park in Hawassa city, south of the capital Addis Ababa, has finally opened, dedicated solely to the textile and apparel sector...


Long-term look at Vietnam sourcing post-TPP 18 Jul 16

Now that both the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and official trade statistics for 2015 have been released, we take another look at the likely impact of TPP's tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam...


Dhaka attack deals new blow to Bangladesh 11 Jul 16

Two terrorist attacks in Bangladesh over the past week have left the country's key garment industry in turmoil, with buyers rethinking travel plans and potential economic fallout for a sector reliant on foreign investment. Observers say the sector must now join with the government in taking a lead on security and economic issues if it is to continue to thrive and attract customers...


Weak merchandise margins blamed on sourcing woes 20 Jun 16

A lack of speed in the apparel supply chain is being blamed for weaker merchandise margins, with significant structural changes needed to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model...


All change in Ralph Lauren's supply chain 13 Jun 16

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed last week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO Stefan Larsson, including a new test pipeline, shorter lead times, reduced inventory and a focus on fewer styles and more on-trend merchandise. The luxury retailer is also set to close more than 50 stores and slash its workforce by around 8%...


M&S turnaround to take even more time 31 May 16

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer last week set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lowering prices and improving style, fit and quality – after the troubled unit saw like-for-like sales slump 2.9% over the past year...

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