Top ten news stories on just-style in 2013...
Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2013. Garment factory disasters, strikes, safety agreements, and M&S's body odour neutralising suit, were some of the issues that made the headlines.
- WORLD: 16 countries identified "to replace China" sourcing
Sixteen nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America have been identified as the likely pretenders to China's crown as the ultimate low-wage, high-growth sourcing and manufacturing destination.
- UK: Marks & Spencer suit neutralises body odour
Marks & Spencer is incorporating patches in its suits that soak up and neutralise body odour.
- SINGAPORE: Luen Thai to buy Ocean Sky apparel ops for $55m
The apparel operations of Singapore-based Ocean Sky are set to be acquired by Luen Thai Holdings (LTHL) for US$55m.
- BANGLADESH: Another fatal fire at apparel factory
There has been another fatal fire at a Bangladesh apparel factory, just a fortnight after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building where the death toll has now risen to more than 940.
- HONG KONG: Higher prices and shortages loom over leather industry
Leather industry executives have admitted they are perplexed by a recent hike in hide and skin prices and have warned that an ongoing squeeze on global supplies could mean some end-users including global clothing, footwear and accessories brands will face shortages of the raw material.
- BANGLADESH: Garment factory building collapses killing 86
An eight-storey commercial building that housed five garment factories collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka today (24 April), killing more than 86 people - most of them apparel workers - and leaving several hundred others injured.
- GLOBAL: Cotton prices set to rise on Chinese stockpiling
Cotton prices are expected to rise in 2013/14, according to new figures, despite forecasts that cotton stocks are set to reach a new high at the end of the season.
- UK: Consumer confidence rises to four-year high
UK consumer confidence this month improved to the highest level in four years, according to figures released by research firm GfK today (30 August).
- UPDATE: CAMBODIA: Garment workers sacked over strike
Protests are continuing over the mass sacking in Cambodia of striking workers who make garments for companies including Nike, Lululemon Athletica and Wilson Sports Apparel.
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- PSF 2014: No one size fits all in apparel sourcing
- PSF 2014: Shifting focus from cost to consumer
- Garment manufacturers eye Myanmar outsourcing
- Teen retail being rocked by fast fashion headwinds
- Bangladesh industry development moving backwards
- Adidas China supplier in discussions over strike
- Gap issues mirror widespread industry challenges
- Bangladesh PM asks clothing buyers to pay more
- H&M "pushing the process" on sustainable fashion
- Adidas plans mobile phone hotline at all suppliers
- Ethiopia – the emerging textile and clothing industry
- Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapons against infection
- Trade and trade policy: clothing imports, consumer expenditure and trends in five emerging markets: Brazil, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan and Peru, 4th quarter 2013
- Sustainable Textiles for Apparel: Fact, Fiction and Future Prospects
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