2016 – A year in review
just-style takes a look back over 2016 at who the winners and losers were in the global sourcing, retail, production, and sustainability space.
2016 remained a mixed bag for many garment-making countries. While some saw higher exports along with improved labour rights and workplace conditions, others were burdened by political unrest, terrorism – and the surprise election of Donald Trump as the next US president.
A biodegradable sports shoe made from spider silk protein fibres and initiatives to recycle plastic ocean waste into fabrics were among the green highlights of 2016, but modern slavery and synthetic microfibres came under fire.
The use of robotics, digital and 3D manufacturing are all moving the apparel industry towards a fast, flexible response and customised products, but logistics upsets and labour issues refuse to go away.
A local-for-local manufacturing vision, expansion in Asia, robotic warehousing and automated delivery systems helped lift some retailers during 2016, but concerns over conditions and working practices, store closures and bankruptcies weighed on others.
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- Trump and Brexit get a dose of pragmatism
- Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh
- Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change
- Where does VF supply chain sit in growth strategy?
- Adidas to digitalise Speedfactory concept
- Nike filed patent for "reinforced denim"
- Gap unveils five-year sustainable fibres pledge
- M&S extends sourcing deal with Lindsey brothers
- Adidas and Reebok top transparency index
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Clothing Market in the Top 5 American Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts
- Myanmar - ISA Country Report