The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how 3D-printing has a long way to go before it has the potential to impact apparel, how Obama is moving forward with the TPP trade deal and how H&M should fight off competition from the likes of Primark.

What's 3D-printing doing for apparel and footwear?

3D-printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel?

Obama pushes forward with TPP trade deal

The White House has submitted a draft Statement of Administrative Action giving Congress 30-day notification that it plans to present legislation implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. 

A resilient outdoor industry seeks to broaden its base

With 29,000 visitors and 1626 exhibitors, this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which took place earlier this month in Salt Lake City, had its usual upbeat vibe. But there were signs that the outdoor industry is feeling the effects of 2016's "winter of our discontent," along with several retail bankruptcies, stock market disruptions in China, and the Brexit uncertainty in Europe.

H&M margin pressure driven by value perception

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) will continue to experience margin pressure from the rise of low-priced rivals such as Primark unless it can elevate its sales and customer perception above value apparel, analysts believe. 

Labelling – The importance of the fine print

There are few things worse in the apparel business than developing and manufacturing a great product that can't find its way to the retail floor because it's stuck in customs with a labelling issue. Here J Anthony Hardenburgh, VP, global content, Amber Road, unravels some of the rules and regulations of what needs to be said – and how.