The most read stories on just-style this week include the need for a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model; a map showing the risk of child labour in some of the world's leading cotton producing countries; and an interview with the managing director of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E Connor & Associates.

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins
Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model that will help retailers improve margins, analysts have said. They believe the fashion retail industry requires improved execution out of design and sourcing functions, as inventory is turning too slowly and design processes and lead times are too long. 

Map shows child labour risks in cotton supply chains
Despite years of action to eliminate child labour, businesses sourcing cotton from many of the world's largest producing countries still face significant risk of association with child labour – and a new map highlights where the biggest challenges lie. According to the Child Labour Index 2016 from risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft, child labour continues to be reported in the cotton industry in some of the world's leading cotton producing countries, including India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Burkina Faso.

Omega Compliance committed to supply chain integrity
Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.

Report shows shifts in US apparel imports from China
Imports of manmade fibre knit shirts and women's and blouses from China into the US saw the biggest growth in volume across all clothing categories between 2009 and 2015, according to a new report.The data is included in the seventh annual report on US textile and apparel imports from China, released by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) as part of a request made ahead of the lifting of safeguard quotas back in 2008.

Child labour challenges in Myanmar's garment sector
Widespread poverty, low rates of secondary schooling, and lax labour law enforcement are being blamed for the presence of child labour in Myanmar's garment sector, with a new report suggesting the risk factors could increase as the manufacturing sector grows.