just-style's most read stories this week...

5 July 2013 | News | Source: Katie Smith

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the launch of Nike's new app to help designers focus on sustainability, mounting pressure for Gap and Walmart to join the safety accord, and a look at ERP and PLM software tools for apparel firms. 

US: New Nike app to help designers focus on sustainability
Sportswear giant Nike has launched a new tool to help apparel designers evaluate the environmental impact of their material choices and ultimately create more sustainable clothing.

BANGLADESH: Protestors pressure Gap and Walmart on safety accord
Labour rights groups are continuing to put pressure on retail giants Gap and Walmart to join the Bangladesh Safety Accord, with weekend demonstrations organised outside their stores in 35 cities across the world.

Software solutions: New tools develop in diverse directions
Given their rapid evolution over recent years, it is difficult to predict where ERP and PLM will be a few years from now. Increased compatibility, cloud-based systems, social media mining, and on-demand manufacturing tools will undoubtedly have an increasingly important part to play.

Software solutions: ERP systems offer apparel-specific options
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions have become powerful and numerous, allowing apparel companies to manage vast amounts of complex data under one umbrella, from finance, stock and manufacturing processes to distribution.

CAMBODIA: Nike calls for inquiry into factory dispute
Sportswear giant Nike has called for an inquiry by the Cambodian government into a dispute between police and thousands of garment workers at a factory it sources from.