Canada's apparel producers are at risk of falling behind their US counterparts in the e-commerce stakes, according to a new business study released by an independent professional services firm on Friday. The study by Richter Consulting reveals 60 per cent of respondents fear a loss of competitiveness if they do not implement e-business solutions, with more than 80 per cent of executives polled feeling the Canadian apparel industry lags behind the US when it comes to e-commerce.