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The great and the good of the retail industry have converged on Paris for three days for the annual World Retail Congress. New technologies,...
A long-standing investment between two Hong Kong based companies - Crystal Group and Pacific Textiles Holdings - to set up a new fabric mill...
A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progr...
The Indian government's promised reform of the country's labour laws has moved a step closer with the publication of a list of interim plans...
Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.
Garment supplier Echo Sourcing has been building its business in Bangladesh since 2005 and is confident of continued growth in a country that has been rocked by a number of safety issues. The company, however, is keen to broaden its horizons and is eyeing potential new markets such as Ethiopia. Mark Bannister, head of sustainability and projects, talks to just-style.
The latest reports from just-style's research store include a look at specialist apparel and footwear retailers in Russia, an industry report on underwear manufacturers, and apparel markets in the top five European countries.
First results from a year-long study into the health and productivity of garment workers has found that more than two-fifths of those surveyed currently suffer from anaemia.
Outdoor brand Columbia Sportswear has introduced a 'performance enhanced down' system that combines two of its existing technologies and creates such outsized results it's like a "down jacket on steroids."
The strength of having a supply chain that extends from the cotton field to the finished garment within a single country was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting last week to look at making African cotton more competitive.
Protesters are due to ramp up pressure on the Uzbekistan government to end the use of forced labour in the country's cotton fields, with a series of demonstrations tomorrow (30 September).
Unions and labour rights activitsts have slammed Sri Lankan footwear manufacturer Palla and Company following what they describe as "mass sackings and union-busting" by the firm.
Two separate calls came last week urging the various safety initiatives in Bangladesh to work more closely to coordinate their efforts - and for more input from the Bangladeshi government if the work achieved so far is to continue its momentum.
The explosive growth of the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry is more likely to be accompanied by accusations of sweatshop exploitation from labour rights activists than praise for the positive opportunities it brings the sector's largely-women workforce.
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