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Big data helps Crystal Group sustainability gains

A focus on innovation in industrial engineering and information technology (IT) is helping manufacturing giant Crystal Group maintain its co...

India sets out long-overdue clothing labour reform

Indian garment exporters have widely welcomed a series of financial and labour reforms announced by the government last week to generate 1m...

Britain votes for Brexit – what happens next?

Britain’s vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel i...

Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins

Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcin...

Latest Interviews

Omega Compliance commits to supply chain integrity 14 Jun 2016

Michelle Russell

Increasing requirements by apparel brands and retailers for specialist quality assurance, compliance and supply chain security services are fuelling the strong double-digit growth of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the company tells just-style why its momentum on responsible sourcing shows no sign of slowing down.


Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts 26 Apr 2016

Leonie Barrie

An apparel industry at a crossroads and an intertwined network of challenges and opportunities are among the issues facing Guido Schlossmann as he takes the helm of low-cost fast fashion sourcing specialist Synergies Worldwide. Unravelling this complexity requires a new, more global and integrated look at the industry, he tells just-style.

Latest News

Under Armour opens manufacturing innovation hub 28 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

Under Armour’s local-for-local manufacturing vision is taking shape with a new state-of-the-art facility in the US that will serve as the "epicentre" for the sportswear giant's manufacturing and design innovation.


Kenya designers and SMEs set for financial boost 28 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

A number of new initiatives, including access of up to US$1m (KES1m) in financing, are underway to help Kenyan designers and small-scale manufacturers tap into the opportunities offered by global apparel value chains.


Asics and Toray team up on colour-changing textile 28 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

Japan’s Asics Corporation and Toray Industries have teamed up to develop a new high performance fabric that changes colour depending on the angle at which it is viewed.


Hyosung to launch odour neutralising elastane 28 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

Yarn giant Hyosung is unveiling a new odour neutralising elastane next month aimed at the sports underwear and athletic apparel markets, and for brands who want to move away from antimicrobial chemicals next to the skin.


Bangladesh denim event to double in size 27 Jun 16

Beth Wright

An upcoming event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond is set to double in size this year with 100 exhibitors expected to descend on Dhaka in November.


CmiA joins sustainable clothing action plan 27 Jun 16

Beth Wright

The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative has joined the UK's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) to help retailers and brands reduce the carbon, waste and water footprint of their clothing by sourcing its certified cotton.

Latest blogs

Weak merchandise margins blamed on sourcing woes 20 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

A lack of speed in the apparel supply chain is being blamed for weaker merchandise margins, with significant structural changes needed to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model.


All change in Ralph Lauren's supply chain 13 Jun 16

Leonie Barrie

An overhaul of its supply chain is at the heart of restructuring plans revealed last week by Ralph Lauren's newly-appointed CEO Stefan Larsson, including a new test pipeline, shorter lead times, reduced inventory and a focus on fewer styles and more on-trend merchandise. The luxury retailer is also set to close more than 50 stores and slash its workforce by around 8%.

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