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April 2008 management briefing 1 Apr 2008

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With the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Round being slow to proceed since its 2001 launch, free traders wanting to encourage global commerce have looked to bilateral and regional trade deals - the US being particularly keen to secure agreements with key trading partners. So just how have these deals impacted on the clothing and textile sector around the world? This briefing looks to find out. We focus on each of the key regions of the globe - The US, Latin America, The European Unio


March 2008 management briefing 1 Mar 2008

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By 2007, the overwhelming majority of apparel buyers and sellers had adjusted themselves to a world in which virtually all clothes sold in affluent countries were assembled in poorer countries. The relocation of manufacture had brought prices down over the previous 15 years and restrictions and taxes on international trade were generally headed for extinction. However, subtle differences between the ways each exporting country is treated has made understanding trade restrictions increasingly dif


February 2008 management briefing 1 Feb 2008

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The textile and apparel industry is not only one of the most important industries in Bulgaria; it is also one of the most important textile and clothing industries within Europe. Prior to Bulgaria joining the European Union in January last year, the country as a whole and the textile and clothing industry were both very upbeat. This briefing looks at the changes to the clothing industry a year after Bulgaria joined the EU, comparing the situation immediately before and after this event, providi


January 2008 management briefing 8 Jan 2008

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In the first briefing of the year we highlight some of the key issues likely to dominate the apparel sector in 2008, such as what could happen when restrictions on imports of Chinese textile and apparel products into the US expire on 31 December 2008 - perhaps the biggest issue facing US-based retailers and importers this year. The briefing also discusses whether Vietnam import monitoring will lead to anti-dumping duties, and if Chinese product safety concerns can be averted. Environmental conce


December 2007 management briefing 14 Dec 2007

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As the calendar year draws to a close, it's clear that 2007 has been a busy one for the industry. Judging by just-style's news and analysis over the past year, business in the apparel and footwear sector is more dynamic than ever. The last 11 months have thrown up some intriguing news stories - from the ongoing takeover dispute at Genesco to an audacious bid by Nike to prise the German football kit sponsorship from the home-bred Adidas Group. In this month's briefing, news editor Joe Ayling offe


November 2007 management briefing 7 Nov 2007

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Adopting and projecting a more socially responsible outlook is important for every industry, but there can be few that have felt the heightened importance now being given to the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) more acutely than the clothing sector. This briefing gathers perspectives from key stakeholders on the major initiatives that have been set up to promote buying practices that encourage fair employment, how companies are responding to heightened public opinion over ethical so


October 2007 management briefing 23 Oct 2007

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This month’s briefing looks at the global luxury apparel industry, which is set to boom as a growing number of wealthy shoppers, notably in the emerging markets, fuel demand for fine apparel. As the industry develops, observers expect demand for super-luxury and ecologically-friendly brands to rise as jet-set fashionistas demand more distinguished and trendy garments. The sector’s exciting growth rates come as a string of high-end fashion houses, including Prada and Versace, are preparing init


September 2007 management briefing 1 Sep 2007

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This month's briefing takes the form of the first just-style sector research review. We round up some findings from each of our recently published market sector research reports. As well as providing you with some valuable research findings, we felt it would be an ideal platform to show off what we've been busily building up over the last few years - our growing portfolio of research reports. This overview includes extracts from our latest global market reviews of outsize clothing, swimwear, dis


August 2007 management briefing 14 Aug 2007

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The world apparel industry has seen remarkable changes in the past 15 years. Buyers in rich countries now find a cheap source of production, immediately start looking for a cheaper one, and will continuously look for somewhere cheaper still or a 'new sourcing hotspot'. For this month's briefing, Clothesource spell out the key factors in apparel sourcing by mid-2007, including where apparel is sold and where it is made; the main effects on production centres; the invisible changes in the industry


July 2007 management briefing 5 Jul 2007

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One of the biggest make-or-break areas of apparel manufacturing and retailing is technology. It is the backbone of any successful organisation and provides the means of executing every aspect of a brand promise. Without technology, a company, be it a retailer, manufacturer or vendor, cannot get the right product to the right place at the right time, every time its customer wants or needs it. In this month's briefing, just-style asks top apparel technology analysts and researchers for their insig


June 2007 management briefing 11 Jun 2007

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This month, we thought we’d offer our subscribers the opportunity to sample one of just-style’s global market research reports: the 2005 edition of our Global market review of the denim and jeanswear industries – forecasts to 2012. This takes the place of a management briefing. Currently priced at £597, we hope you find it interesting and informative. If you like what you read and would like to find out more about just-style’s latest reports, feel free to drop Kathryn an email at kathryn.wedgbur


May 2007 management briefing 11 May 2007

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Fads come and go, particularly in the fashion world. Often, behind those blips in consumer preferences, we see deeper, more impactful undercurrents that signal larger changes in direction in the market. Last year, just-style highlighted seven overriding trends that are causing savvy analysts, retailers and manufacturers to take pause. This month's briefing reviews those trends and the impact they have today, whilst taking a fresh look at upcoming market influences. This includes seven new trends


April 2007 management briefing 1 Apr 2007

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Since its infancy, the aim of micromerchandising has been to determine the breadth and range of products and stocking levels for garments at particular stores for a retailer. Retailers must determine the optimal way to pair product with stores in order to maximise profits, minimise costs and eliminate waste, all while giving consumers the best possible shopping experience. Driving financial performance requires smart and effective planning and execution, whereas poor merchandising can cause a va


March 2007 management briefing 5 Mar 2007

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Clothing and textiles is a totally global industry, with multinational companies continuously searching the world for new sources of supply. It seems strange, therefore, that Ethiopia has been almost completely overlooked, even though its textile and clothing industries are ripe for development and the Ethiopian government is desperate to encourage investment and export growth in this industry – which is still in its infancy, but has enormous export potential. It has indigenous raw cotton and th


February 2007 management briefing 9 Feb 2007

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This month's briefing profiles Indonesia's textile and clothing industry. Over the last three decades, the Indonesian garment industry has grown from a small sector to a major contributor to the country's total industrial revenue. Not surprisingly, the country's Ministry of Industry has categorised textiles and clothing as a "strategic industrial sector". In 2005, the sector was the country's biggest net exporter with a surplus of around US$7bn. This briefing provides an overview of


January 2007 management briefing 19 Jan 2007

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Despite the promise of free trade after the abolition of quotas in December 2004, international trade issues and restrictions are still dominating the apparel sourcing agenda in 2007. This month’s briefing brings together the thoughts and comments of leading industry observers, highlighting the 20 key issues that are likely to dominate the apparel sector in 2007. For manufacturers, retailers and importers tasked with sourcing apparel from around the globe, being aware of these hot topics helps j


December 2006 management briefing 11 Dec 2006

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This briefing provides a month-by-month rundown of the most memorable and important events of the apparel, textile and footwear sector during 2006, reported by just-style, as they happened. A lot can happen in a year in the fast paced style sector including Chinas' continued dominance of the manufacturing and export markets, notable mergers and restructuring, and the ongoing struggle with counterfeiting. And, as usual, there’s been the fair share of eyebrow-raisers: Adidas forcing skiers to wear


November 2006 management briefing 2 Nov 2006

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RFID – Radio Frequency IDentification – technology has been around for decades, but within the apparel industry, we are only beginning to see the potential effects for implementation. Across major industries, including apparel, significant impacts on supply chains are expected in the next five to ten years. While implementation will progress over the next decade, several “thought leaders” have already piloted programs to gain thorough, first-hand insights into the opportunities, the challenges a


October 2006 management briefing 2 Oct 2006

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While the day-to-day life of an apparel executive remains unpredictable, there are several overriding trends that you can be certain will impact your world on a large scale. This briefing highlights seven industry-wide factors that are likely to change the way apparel does business over the course of the next few years, and which also gives you some strategies for jumping on the bandwagon while the opportunities still exist.


September 2006 management briefing 1 Sep 2006

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This month’s briefing profiles the up-and-coming Lithuanian market. Textiles and clothing constitute one of Lithuania’s most important industries. The industry has prospered since the country’s independence in 1991 and is a major contributor to textile and clothing exports - worth more than LTL3bn (EUR900m) in 2005. The Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association has drawn up a national strategy for the industry to work towards - its objective being “to make Lithuania the best supplier o


August 2006 management briefing 1 Aug 2006

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This month, we thought we’d offer our subscribers the opportunity to sample one of just-style’s global market research reports: the 2005 edition of our Global market review of discount apparel retailing – forecasts to 2010. This takes the place of a management briefing. Currently priced at £477, we hope you find it interesting and informative. If you like what you read and would like to find out more about just-style’s latest reports, feel free to drop Kathryn an email at


July 2006 management briefing 1 Jul 2006

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As the leading international trade fair for the sector, IMB has a long heritage as a breeding ground for innovations and ideas. As a show for the technology of making up sewn products, today its scope is internationally unparalleled in its breadth and depth, both of exhibits and visitors. Held in Cologne, Germany on May 10-13 2006, IMB certainly retained its reputation as the show that exhibited the higher-quality, more advanced technology, greater innovation and a much wider spectrum of the in


June 2006 management briefing 7 Jun 2006

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Internet sales have undoubtedly grown at a tremendous rate in the last five years. In spite of the continued reluctance by some retailers to separate out or release their sales by channel, namely high street, out-of-town, catalogues and internet, a consensus has developed of the size of the UK internet market, and the share of fashion within it. By the end of 2006, e-tailing will be worth GBP26bn and will be 10% of total retail. UK e-tailing in total is estimated to be running at a monthly r


May 2006 management briefing 3 May 2006

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This report covers the market for clothing and footwear in China for the period 2000 to 2005, with forecasts from 2006 to 2012. During the last 25 years, China’s economy has changed from being a centrally planned system that was largely closed to international trade to a more market-oriented economy that has a rapidly growing private sector and is a major player in the global economy. China of course has had a huge clothing and footwear industry for many years. Today China still has a major silk


April 2006 management briefing 4 Apr 2006

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One fundamental that no-one can ever afford to neglect is the blindingly obvious; get the product right and it will sell. This management briefing looks at: offered product and Own label retailing, cost purchasing trends, purchasing on time, today’s purchasing management mantras and tomorrow’s purchasing trends. The final chapter looks at how purchasing has changed and will change to minimise supply chain risks.


March 2006 management briefing 2 Mar 2006

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Brazil is currently the world’s second largest denim fabric producer, third largest knitted fabrics producer and fifth largest apparel producer. Highlighted in this briefing are the major issues facing the Brazilian textile market including the evolution of Brazil’s textile and garment trade balance, the hidden export potential of Brazil’s fashion industry, Brazil’s China policy and Brazil’s future role in the global fashion business.


February 2006 management briefing 2 Feb 2006

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Based on three recent just-style visits to Turkey in late 2005 and early 2006 and an extensive number of interviews conducted with Turkish industrialists and trade staff, this briefing presents an overview of the existing “traditional textiles” sector and the potential for technical textiles growth within Turkey. For the purpose of this briefing technical textiles are defined as “advanced flexible materials” for which the technical performance and physical properties are more important than feat


January 2006 management briefing 11 Jan 2006

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Roll the clock back one year to the end of 2004, and what were the key issues dominating the headlines? The abolition of quotas, protective measures (safeguards and anti-dumping measures), the trade relationships between the US and China, and the EU and China? These are all reflected on in this month's management briefing, and the implications from these issues for 2006 are discussed. The underlying message of this briefing is to expect change to continue to be a feature of the apparel sourcing


December 2005 management briefing 1 Dec 2005

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Over the last 20 years, rapid growth - backed by innovative technologies - has allowed Wal-Mart to become the world’s largest retailer, with 5,700 stores and warehouses in a dozen different countries. Globally, the company revenues topped US$285bn in 2005 and generated more sales in one year than its next four competitors combined. Wal-Mart has redefined the way most apparel retailers and manufacturers have done business, particularly with regard to technology. Making operations more efficient w


November 2005 management briefing 1 Nov 2005

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Despite considerable publicity and many years of research and development, to date, very few "wearable electronic" smart textile products have been successfully commercialised in any volume on a global basis. This is due to the fact that the developers of smart textiles technology have mostly been either US academic institutions, focusing on the unique requirements of the US military, or electronics/chip companies, who have not understood the very different approaches to product development, pla

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