Apparel industry management briefings
At just-style, we understand the need for depth in analysis. Using a mixture of data and analysis, our portfolio of management briefings delve deeper into the issues and environment shaping today's news. Topics are grouped together on a monthly basis, allowing us to cover subjects from multiple angles, giving you an unrivalled view of what's important.
The apparel sourcing landscape, with its ever more 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? What are the pitfalls when switching suppliers? How has the trend towards dual sourcing accelerated? And is reshoring to the UK and US really happening? We take a look in this month’s management briefing.
Africa has the potential to rival Asia as a future apparel sourcing hub. East Africa, in particular is attracting investment, as well as business from major international fashion brands and retailers. But AGOA extension and an EU trade deal with the East African Community are seen as key – as is learning from Asia’s successes and failures.
In this annual management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2015 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.
For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2015. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, ongoing challenges in omni-channel and the need for new supply chain solutions - and much more besides.
From retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2014. just-style's review of the year tracks those for whom 2014 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.
Using more sustainable alternatives to traditional fibres is key to helping clothing brands reduce their environmental footprint - and is set to be the default option in future. This month’s management briefing explores new eco-friendly feedstocks, tools to help sustainability decisions, and the continuing uncertainty over cotton prices.
As its name suggests, the lifeblood of the fast fashion industry is, largely, speed to market. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at changing global sourcing trends, the role of air freight in fast fashion, how supply chains based on speed can avoid errors, and the way technology is helping companies share information more efficiently.
While well-established in many other industries, 3D technology is still relatively new to the fashion sector. But as this management briefing shows, the tools are already starting to transform apparel firms – from design and development to 3D printing, and technologies to help consumers try and buy better-fitting clothes.
Sustainability in the global textile and clothing industry is continuing to mature. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at ongoing developments including sustainability initiatives taking place in Asia, progress on closed loop supply chains, and the groundswell in green branding.
The last few years have seen tremendous changes in the technological landscape of product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Yet the software has evolved rapidly to cater to these changes, and universal themes have emerged that are likely to dominate development in the near future.
As brands and retailers set higher production standards and create ever more complex supply chains, they need to consider all the risks when switching suppliers. This month’s management briefing also looks at changes in China and other supplier countries, and technology to help track and oversee sourcing shifts.
Clothing brands and retailers have ramped up their focus on supplier factory safety over the past 18 months. As well as the challenges of implementing new requirements in Bangladesh, this month’s management briefing looks at similar issues across Asia. We also report on how auditing software can help boost supply chain safety, and the fragmentation of global standards.
In this month's management briefing, just-style canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in 2014 and the ways technology can help tackle some of these issues. We also ask where firms should be focusing their investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future.
A special series of articles describing an ongoing project being carried out in India's apparel export sector. Its author, David Birnbaum, hopes the research will help consultants and industry leaders in other countries to better understand the problems relating to strategic industrial change on a national level.
For our annual management briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2014. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.
Global economic turmoil continued to impact on the apparel industry in 2013, and in all sectors, from retailing to manufacturing and sourcing, winners and losers were not hard to find. just-style’s review of the year tracks those for whom 2013 will be memorable in more ways than one, and also takes a look at some of the more unusual stories hitting the headlines.
A continuing shift in the apparel and textile trade landscape is putting pressure on fibre and fabric production worldwide. While cotton may still be king, manufacturers are seeking new cost-effective strategies, innovation is widening the source of available fibre materials, and environmental sustainability is set to be the default option of the future. All are explored in this month’s management briefing.
Fast fashion companies are increasing their speed to market in response to demand for up-to-the-minute styles and trends at relatively low prices. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the impact this is having on manufacturing and supply chains, production processes and proximity.
As Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging has matured, the technology’s benefits for the apparel industry have become clear. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the latest innovations, opportunities for enhanced supply chain visibility and return on investment, increased accuracy in inventory and out-of-stock management, protection against theft and counterfeits, and the impact of omni-channel retailing.
In its drive to become more ethical and environmentally-friendly, the global fashion and textile industry is facing numerous challenges and opportunities. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at how apparel manufacturers are seeking sustainable options such as eco-labels and closed loop supply chains, while brands are acting to reduce their toxic chemical use.
- Nike reaffirms US production commitment
- M&S to launch supply chain human rights policy
- Levi Strauss raises the bar on sustainability
- VF pushes ahead on chemicals management
- Gap and H&M back Myanmar path to labour reform
- Myanmar minimum wage set at US$3.2 per day
- China cotton stockpile auction may shake up market
- Far Eastern to invest $323m in Vietnam textile hub
- C&A to add "accurate fit" label to garments
- US retail landscape "mediocre" over next 5 years