Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

Lifestyle brands company VF Corporation posts its third quarter results this week, having nearly doubled profits last quarter thanks to strong performances for its Outdoor & Action Sports and Contemporary Brands businesses.

VF, which operates the North Face, Vans and 7 For All Mankind brands, has increased marketing investments in those units this fiscal year, together with its brands in China. The company expects gross margins to reach 46% for the year, an increase of 170 basis points over 2009 levels.

Columbia Sportswear Company will also be posting its Q3 figures this week, having reported a US$10.6m net loss last quarter, despite improving sales.

Since then Columbia has completed its acquisition of OutDry Technologies from Italian company Nextec in a move that gives it new construction methods for producing waterproof, breathable footwear and gloves.

Labour shortages in the apparel industry are the focus of upcoming insights on just-style this week. just-style author Jozef De Coster, meanwhile will be filing his latest insight on the challenges facing suppliers in the Balkans.

just-style's reports in focus currently include The Clothesource Central Asia Sourcing Monitor, which provides the essential information about apparel manufacturing capabilities around the world in the 35 major apparel categories and in over 100 countries. The report can be found here.