Among the most-read comment articles on just-style in 2014 were a look at the current state of play in world garment exports, and South Asia's role in the post-Bangladesh world.

  • Outlook 2014: Three key shifts in the global garment industry
    From the rise of the billion dollar transnational factory giants to the bursting of the Bangladesh bubble and the decline of the retail store, here are some of the key apparel industry issues to watch in 2014.
  • COMMENT: The current state of play in world garment exports
    Data from major garment exporting countries to the EU and US shows who's winning and losing so far in 2014. 
  • THE FLANARANT: Who will conquer the sourcing world next?
    The trouble with public announcements about ambitious garment industry plans is that it's not always clear anymore whether they are cynical headline-fodder - or not. 
  • VIEWPOINT: The link between apparel supply chains and success
    Do the biggest companies also have the best supply chains - or should it be instead that the best supply chains help grow the most successful companies? It's quite a question, but there's no doubt that there's a connection between the two.
  • THE FLANARANT: Is China's dream becoming a nightmare scenario?
    China's leader Xi Jinping last year adopted The China Dream as the theme of his presidency, combining "economic prosperity" with "national rejuvenation". But the second part of this vision is starting to look troubling - as recent events have shown - with potential to impact the apparel industry. 
  • THE FLANARANT: Following fashion isn't the best sourcing strategy
    Retailers and brands are increasingly engineering their operations to make the most of changing trends affecting everything from sourcing to sales. But the model that works for one company is unlikely to work for another. Here he gives some examples.
  • PSF 2014: Shifting focus from cost to consumer is key
    The apparel industry needs to find a better way of doing business. That's the stark message to emerge from supply chain executives who believe that instead of squeezing the supply chain on cost and efficiency, the focus should instead be on delivering products that consumers really want.
  • SOURCING: More action needed to trace raw materials
    It's one thing for apparel brands and retailers to talk about sustainability and traceability across their supply chains, but another altogether to put it into practice. Indeed, new research reveals that despite the well-documented risk of sourcing forced-labour Uzbek cotton, many firms are still not taking enough steps to prevent its use in their products. 
  • COMMENT: South Asia's role in the post-Bangladesh world
    While it may be too early to state with any degree of certainty that the Bangladesh bubble has burst, most sourcing professionals now accept that the bubble has developed sizeable leaks. These same sourcing professionals are also taking fast action not be caught in an increasingly probable implosion. 
  • THE FLANARANT: Has low-cost labour really reached a tipping point?
    Low-income workers are likely to dominate the global garment-making workforce for a long time yet, despite recent forecasts that the number of low-cost countries is dwindling.