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Freeing up working capital in the supply chain

The economic environment in the aftermath of the financial crisis meant many brands became lazy about their working capital, almost half of...

Five ways to tackle market and demand volatility

Volatility and complexity are endemic in today's business environments, which makes planning extremely difficult. Along with streamlining pr...

‘Fixing Fashion’ one stitch at a time

A spate of books written over the past few years explores various aspects of the global garment business. But for Robert Antoshak, managing...

Will the TPP pass into law?

The Flanarant - Will the TPP pass into law? Last week, on 5 November, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) published the detailed text of...

Latest Interviews

Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector 29 Sep 2015

Michelle Russell

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

The new age of disruption on apparel production 27 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

In the first part of this two-part interview, Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of cloud-based supply chain platform GT Nexus, discussed how easy access to capital and technology is shaking up the retail industry. Here he talks about its impact on apparel production.

Latest News

US commerce department backs Smart Fabrics Summit 26 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

The Obama administration is to jointly host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit in the US next year, in a bid to spur new developments in the sector and encourage the creation of more US manufacturing jobs.

US and Bangladesh discuss worker rights and safety 26 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

The second annual meeting of a forum set up to expand bilateral trade and investment between the US and Bangladesh has focused on issues including Bangladeshi efforts to improve worker safety and worker rights – seen as key to helping restore preferential tariffs for exports from the Asian country.

Fast Retailing in deal for laser treated garments 26 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

RevoLaze has signed what it hopes will be the first of a number of license deals for its laser technology with Japanese retailer Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo brand, following the closure of its recent ITC patent dispute lawsuit.

Wearable technology highlighted at CES 2016 event 26 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Next year's CES global consumer technology tradeshow will highlight the growth of the wearable tech industry, which is projected to be up 64% over the next three years, reaching US$25bn.

US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's 25 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch recorded higher earnings thanks to less discounting, while Foot Locker revealed a mixed quarter, and Destination XL narrowed losses. Also, Kate Spade & Co returned to profit, while L Brands, Ross Stores, and Perry Ellis lifted their full-year guidance. Guess revealed declining earnings as a result of the stronger US dollar, while Dollar Tree's earnings fell on acquisition costs, and DSW recorded "disappointing" figures.

CPSC reviewing information collection on sleepwear 25 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking comments on plans to extend the collection of information on children's sleepwear flammability standards – a burden estimated to cost manufacturers and importers a total of 207,000 hours a year.

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