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TPP continues to garner industry attention 19 Apr 16

The US footwear industry has voiced its disappointment that athletic brand New Balance has come out in opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal...


Is British garment making showing signs of revival? 11 Apr 16

Despite years of denial, British garment making showed signs of a revival in the second half of 2015. Is the long-anticipated UK onshoring boom finally coming into view?..


Risks include worker unrest in China 4 Apr 16

Risks ranging from cargo theft to natural disasters and terrorism incidents are among the biggest threats seen to global supply chains in 2016..


Ethics are not about a price point 29 Mar 16

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, UK value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental issues...


Is Vietnam primed for TPP? 21 Mar 16

It is no secret that Vietnam's textile and clothing sector is widely expected to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the recently-agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact...


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Supply chain visibility challenges continue 29 Feb 16

Has value fashion chain Primark identified where apparel retailers should be looking when it comes to finding new sources of efficiency?..


The biggest threats to brand reputation 23 Feb 16

Modern slavery, a lack of information on labour practices deep within global supply chains, and inadequate oversight of suppliers are among the biggest threats to brand reputation in 2016, a new report revealed last week...


Currency fluctuation to blame for falling prices 15 Feb 16

With full-year figures now available on apparel imports into the US in 2015, the common thread seems to be that for most of the top-ten supply countries there was real growth in volumes – but prices fell...


Speed needed on safety renovations 9 Feb 16

Just days after international representatives expressed concerns that many "priority areas" still need to be tackled to improve safety in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector, a fire broke out at a factory deemed to be on track with remedial action...

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