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Central America must make better use of DR-CAFTA

Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFT...

Footwear to see "significant" gains from TPP

Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant g...

TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports

A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in...

Can supplier ratings reform purchasing practices?

A new initiative has been launched to try to improve the purchasing practices of apparel retailers and brands by asking suppliers to rate th...

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

Social responsibility key to winning millennials 27 May 2016

Beth Wright

As the largest consumer generation alive today, millennials account for over $1 trillion in consumer spending in the US – and around $10 trillion globally – so it's not surprising their purchasing priorities merit close scrutiny.

US Q1 in brief – Guess, Burlington Stores, Sears 27 May 2016

Michelle Russell

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 

Warm weather continues to weigh on Deckers Brands 27 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

Lingering headwinds including unseasonably warm weather have promped Ugg boot owner Deckers Brands to book a softer-than expected full-year and first-quarter outlook – as the apparel and footwear group also announced the retirement of its CEO.

Gildan completes US$110m Alstyle Apparel deal 27 May 2016

Beth Wright

Clothing maker Gildan Activewear has completed the previously announced purchase of Ennis Inc's apparel division for US$110m. 

New portal planned to speed chemicals assessment 27 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

The group working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the apparel and footwear supply chain is launching a new online portal later this year to provide a simple way to assess products against its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL).

Nike management changes to drive innovation 27 May 2016

Beth Wright

Sporting goods giant Nike has announced a number of general management promotions aimed at driving continued innovation across its global markets.

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