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.

Raw materials – Issues facing supply and demand

Raw materials – Issues facing supply and demand

What is the future likely to hold when it comes to forecasts on supply, demand, prices, challenges and opportunities for raw materials used in apparel production – including cotton, synthetics, leather and wool? Here we take a closer look.

Fuelling growth through strategic PLM

Fuelling growth through strategic PLM

Faster time-to-market is one of the clearest advantages of product lifecycle management (PLM) software. But connecting to other business processes such as retail metrics, supplier inventory and predictive analytics is opening up new possibilities. This briefing looks at how to use PLM to fuel growth and fulfil demand, choosing a vendor, and planning for a successful project.

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Setting up a sustainable fashion supply chain

Setting up a sustainable supply chain to produce ethically and environmentally-friendly clothing is not a simple task, experts warn. Indeed, whether an already-established fashion brand or a new start-up looking to venture down the path of sustainably-made clothing, deciding where to source materials, where to manufacture, how to monitor facilities to make sure they are compliant with sustainable practices, and how to transport the goods, are all challenging questions that need to be considered.

Reducing risk in the apparel supply chain

Reducing risk in the apparel supply chain

Preparation, preparation and more preparation are key if brands and retailers are to reduce risk in their supply chains. We take a look at how to mitigate those risks, including the need for detailed planning to help avoid disruptions, the hidden costs of emerging sourcing locations, and how software can help improve supply chain visibility.

Sourcing shifts – Where next for apparel sourcing?

Sourcing shifts – Where next for apparel sourcing?

Once clothing sourcing was all about China. Not any more. New manufacturing hubs offer a new competitive edge, while sourcing closer to home is a more commonly considered option. But this multiplicity of choices can bring its own headaches, requiring brands and retailers make subtle, complex and fluid purchasing decisions to keep ahead of the competition. We take a closer look in this month’s management briefing.

Apparel software trends – The outlook for 2016

Apparel software trends – The outlook for 2016

just-style’s annual management briefing canvasses the views of software experts on the challenges facing the global apparel supply chain in the year ahead – 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, and take a look at what else is likely to be topping the apparel industry's technology agenda.

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2016 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

For our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style has again asked leading executives for their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2016. Expect a continuing focus on compliance and factory safety, the need for more agile supply chains to meet the ongoing demands of omnichannel, a focus on total or end-to-end costs – and much more besides.

2015: A year in review

2015: A year in review

From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. just-style's review of the year tracks those for whom the year will be memorable and those who may rather forget.

Fast fashion: Smarter solutions are key to success

Fast fashion: Smarter solutions are key to success

Fast fashion brands face numerous challenges, from ensuring they make decisions that get orders right the first time, to navigating complex logistical issues, and having the flexibility to make swift decisions and changes. All are covered in this month’s management briefing.

Fibres and fabrics: Eco-friendly focus drives innovation

Fibres and fabrics: Eco-friendly focus drives innovation

The latest innovations in fibres and fabrics are driven by apparel industry demand for ecologically friendly solutions to tackle environmental concerns. Among the topics explored in this month’s management briefing are the latest in functional finishes, the latest in outdoor wool and sportswear fabrics, and the challenges that persist in closed loop clothing.

Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

Trade agreements: Where next for textiles and clothing?

This month's management briefing looks at trade agreements with some of the most significant implications for the clothing and textile industry - including the elusive but tantalising Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). We also look at the impact of deals already in place with the US and EU and their trading partners.

Software solutions: Trends and Developments

Software solutions: Trends and Developments

From PLM and ERP, to digital design and protptyping, the latest software developments are opening up new opportunities for apparel brands and retailers, as well as a more streamlined shopping experience for their customers. We round up the most exciting trends in this month’s management briefing.

Sustainability: Supply chain initiatives push ahead

Sustainability: Supply chain initiatives push ahead

Sustainability in the textile and apparel industry continues to evolve. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at collaborative platforms, compliance in China, improvements at low-cost Asian suppliers, and efforts by Bangladesh to up the ante on sustainable production

Apparel sourcing shifts: The current state of play

Apparel sourcing shifts: The current state of play

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.

Sourcing in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

Sourcing in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

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.

Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2015

Apparel software trends: The outlook for 2015

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.

Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

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.

2014: A year in review

2014: A year in review

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.

Fibres and fabrics: Issues facing supply and demand

Fibres and fabrics: Issues facing supply and demand

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.

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

Fast fashion: Key issues as time-to-market shrinks

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.

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