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Better factory conditions boost the bottom line

A link has been established between improved working conditions in the apparel industry and a resulting boost to factory competitiveness – b...

Myanmar garment exports surged 20% in 2015

Myanmar garment industry exports soared by around 20% last year, while footwear exports also surged as the Southeast Asia country gained new...

EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada,...

Retail fallout unclear following Hanjin collapse

As efforts continue to try to rescue cargo stranded in the wake of the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container sh...

Latest Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.

North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

Latest News

World trade growth downgraded to 7-year low 27 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

World trade will grow more slowly than expected in 2016 driven by lower GDP and trade growth in developing economies such as China and Brazil but also in North America, new estimates show. 

Vietnam's Vinatex opens $5.7m garment factory 26 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has inaugurated a new US$5.7m garment factory, located in the central province of Ngh? An.

Ex-Wellco execs accused of 'Made in US' boot fraud 26 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

Five former executives and management personnel at military footwear firm Wellco Enterprise have been indicted in the US for claiming its boots were manufactured in the US when they were actually imported from China. 

Bahrain latest to ratify WTO trade deal 26 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

Bahrain has become the latest country to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in a further sign of support for the landmark global deal. 

Brexit may hit suppliers with UK duty-free access 23 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

Suppliers in several major clothing exporting countries could lose their preferential access to the UK market if and when Britain leaves the EU unless special terms of access are negotiated, a new report suggests.

US strengthens cooperation with East Africa 23 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

The US has strengthened its relations with East Africa with a focus on improving infrastructure in a bid to realise the region's economic potential and significantly improve global trade between the respective countries and America.

Latest blogs

Hanjin Shipping collapse triggers fear of West Coast port repeat 19 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

The recent bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, at the end of August, has left billions of dollars worth of merchandise in limbo, leaving the fallout for apparel and footwear importers and exporters unclear.

Tackling transparency and traceability 5 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

The ongoing challenge of tackling transparency and traceability across global supply chains cropped up again last week, with the launch of a new initiative to try to eliminate forced labour from cotton and yarn production.

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