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After Nike and Wal-Mart last week pledged to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, more initiatives are being embarked upon to combat global climate change.
As the second largest footwear supplier to the US, Vietnam is already an important part of the production portfolio for many US footwear companies. But with growth being fuelled by the possible Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), companies eyeing the country as a sourcing destination should also be navigating potential risks.
Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.
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Struggling surfwear business Quiksilver last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its US subsidiaries – with a court quickly approving a $175m financing package and plans to close 27 US stores. The group stressed that its European and Asia-Pacific operations “remain strong” and are not part of the filing.
A number of proposed trade agreements got a major shake-up in August. TPP negotiators failed to clinch a deal, the free trade pact between the EU and Vietnam still needs to be ratified, India pulled out of talks with the EU, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) hailed “historic” progress.
Fears over the state of the Chinese economy continued to jolt financial markets during the past week. Yet apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan and cut interest rates further.
As if retailers didn’t have enough to contend with as they try to get to grips with doing business in a digitally-connected omni-channel world, it seems the rise of the “selfie” is also beginning to impact the way consumers shop.
Britain’s Modern Slavery Act, which began coming into force at the end of July, sets new disclosure standards on an extraordinary number of garment businesses. But its legal niceties won’t really determine the law’s impact, says one industry observer, who believes public opinion matters more.
After the latest round of TPP talks failed to clinch a deal, the race is now on to secure an agreement before the US presidential elections halt progress. Trade ministers are scrambling to try and forge a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement within two months, after a meeting of trade ministers in Hawaii failed to clinch a deal last week.
More apparel retailers appear to be ramping up their sustainability efforts in a way that will get consumers involved, with initiatives such as clothing recycling becoming increasingly popular.
As part of UK government efforts to lead the global fight against slavery, new legislation will require retailers to publish an annual statement outlining the steps they have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their businesses or supply chains.
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A lot was written about Amazon on just-style last week, following a prediction that the internet giant could take the top spot for US apparel retailing by 2017. The retailer also posted a surprise second-quarter profit, giving it a valuation that is higher than Wal-Mart. The figures raise intriguing questions about Amazon’s possible impact on the clothing market.
Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in May, with China bouncing back from its second decline this year, Vietnam surging and Bangladesh up again. But while eight of the top-ten supplier counties saw growth, those further down the list suffered.
Anger and frustration is brewing in Myanmar over plans announced last week to set the country’s first minimum wage at MMK3,600 (US$3.22) per day.
It seems we need to pay more attention to what we pull on in the mornings after a number of health incidents related to clothing has placed the spotlight firmly on the safety of garments and how we wear them.
Myanmar is set to become a more attractive garment sourcing and investment destination after plans were agreed on labour law reforms in the country – with Gap and H&M coming out in support of the proposals.
Congratulations to Textured Jersey Lanka Plc, which has won top prize in the inaugural World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute.
Ongoing efforts to reverse a slump in sales at its namesake brand are to see US clothing retailer Gap Inc shutter 175 of its namesake stores in the US and axe 250 head office jobs.
Efforts to move forward on key pieces of US trade legislation intensified last week. A package of measures to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and extend the Haiti HELP/HOPE programme was approved by the US House of Representatives – although it now needs to return to the Senate for another vote.
The apparel sourcing landscape, with its increasingly complex supply chains and added pressure for faster speed and careful control of costs, continues to shift. But is garment production really moving out of China?
Iran has developed what is said to be the first sample of genetically modified cotton, produced using indigenous technology.
While new Gap Inc CEO Art Peck has a laser focus on fixing the Gap brand’s woes, finding the right formula is proving elusive. Indeed, a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016, with the spring season seen as a "no excuses moment."
Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding – and changing – the environmental footprint of its business by putting a monetary value on the ecological impact racked up across its operations.
Apparel and footwear brands and retailers should be benefiting from tumbling commodity prices, especially for oil and cotton – but many are missing out on significant savings by failing to truly understand their value chains.
It seems Adidas has been caught napping after Skechers passed the German sporting giant to take its second place in the sports footwear market in the US.
Apparel imports into the US surged in March, as retailers ramped up their imports of spring/summer merchandise and cargo volumes at West Coast ports started to clear. The top three supplier countries booked double-digit increases, with China leading the way.
Interest in sourcing apparel from sub-Saharan Africa might be on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest few players currently have concrete plans to tap into its potential.
The Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling programme has joined forces with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow to call on consumers to recycle their unwanted denim to help rebuild New Orleans, an area still feeling the repercussions of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
- TPP: now the real fight starts
- Private label sourcing faces range of pressures
- Can Gap maintain its momentum minus Larsson?
- What clothing could the TPP X-basket contain?
- Where next for e-textiles and smart garments?
- Update: Negotiators agree landmark TPP trade deal
- H&M falling behind on Bangladesh factory safety?
- Nike debuts new fabric for adaptive breathability
- New Bangladesh labour rules draw union criticism
- World cotton trade seen stable in 2015/16
- Wearable technology: The future market potential for smart garments and e-textiles
- Global Database of the Top 1000 Apparel Producers - Company Names, Financial Performance, and Contact Details
- Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory
- Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields
- Ethiopia – the emerging textile and clothing industry