As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginni...
Twenty years ago major garment importers and retailers began to move away from independent agents to set up wholly-owned buying offices wher...
Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...
Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices?...
Levis Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.
UK trade union Community has signed what it claims is a ground-breaking agreement with retail giant Tesco to improve conditions in its domestic apparel supply chain.
The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) has welcomed the European Parliament's decision to approve duty-free access to EU markets for the Philippines.
The most-read stories on just-style this week include updates from the Dhaka Apparel Summit, a look at the sourcing winners and losers of 2014, and Bangladeshi garment workers to trial an electronic wage system.
The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.
The two parties negotiating a new labour contract for US west coast dockworkers "remain far apart on several issues" amid continued disruption to the movement of cargo.
The World Bank's internal watchdog is being urged to investigate whether its projects are contributing to the use of forced labour in in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan.
Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.
Instead of relocating production in an attempt to sidestep the challenge of rising labour costs, China's textile and clothing manufacturers should work to create a more sustainable industry.
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