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Likely shifts in the sourcing landscape in 2017 16 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Continuing our look at what lies ahead for the apparel industry and its supply chain in 2017, the panel of industry experts consulted by just-style last week tackled likely shifts in the sourcing landscape.


Trump trade policies and China tensions top concerns 11 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

This week our focus turns to first thoughts from a panel of industry experts consulted by just-style on the challenges and opportunities likely to face the apparel supply chain in 2017, with prospects for volatile and uneven growth, Trump’s trade policies, and tensions between the US and China among the issues highlighted.


Happy New Year – and a first look at 2017 3 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Welcome back after the holiday break, and from the team here at just-style I’d like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year.


New re:source to help unravel sourcing decisions 19 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel sourcing is a complex process built on a mix of location, logistics, lead-time, price, compliance, risk and reliability. And it's in a constant state of flux as retailers, brands and manufacturers try to find the right balance across all these factors.


Apply now to join re:source the testing program 16 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

The countdown is over: we’ve now opened applications to join the testing program for just-style’s new apparel sourcing planning tool, re:source.


US apparel imports offer little holiday cheer in October 12 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

Despite expectations for a rise in imports as retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season, the volume of apparel shipments into the US continued to slide in October.


A new re:source from just-style 6 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

Some of just-style’s more eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a small change to the menu bar on the homepage: the addition of the word re:source. Yes it might be a small change – but it marks the countdown to the biggest launch in our 16-year history.


Robotics opportunities still remote 5 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

Among the issues currently facing leading sportswear brands and manufacturers is the struggle to equip factories with the robotic and cyber physical systems (CPS) element of Industry 4.0 processes – at least in the near term, a major international conference has heard.


Sourcing uncertainty accelerates 28 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

The result of the US presidential election shows how global events are adding massive uncertainty to apparel sourcing. 


Trump's trade ramifications continue to unravel 25 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

Over the past week just-style has continued to try to unravel the potential ramifications of Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States.


What's in store following Trump's election? 15 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

One event dominated the international airwaves last week, and on just-style too we took a closer look at the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.


Political shadow over apparel supply chain 7 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

As the Brexit roller-coaster continues to twist and turn, and the US presidential election campaign nears its unpredictable and possibly protectionist end, there's no doubt these events – and the perceived impact of globalisation – are casting a shadow of uncertainty over the global apparel industry and its supply chain.


Preparing for the big ideas coming down the pipe 31 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

There has been a lot of noise this year about disruption and innovation in high performance apparel – but a quieter revolution is also underway at PVH, the US's second largest importer of apparel and owner of brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Izod and Speedo.


Change is key to industry competitiveness 24 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

Speakers at two recent events have emphasised the global apparel industry must adapt if it is to remain competitive – and relevant – in a rapidly changing environment


Ethiopia unrest a sourcing risk? 18 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailer H&M and UK based glove and leather manufacturer Pittards both say they are monitoring the situation in Ethiopia closely after the country's government declared a state of emergency after months of unrest.


Asia facing up to increased competition 10 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

Increasing competition for garment sourcing contracts is seeing China not only being challenged by other countries in Asia, but by sub-Saharan African and even Russian suppliers too. And it is pushing Asian governments to sharpen their industrial policies to try to retain market share.


Cambodia raises garment worker wages 4 Oct 2016

Leonie Barrie

The monthly minimum wage for workers in Cambodia's textile, garment and footwear sector is set to rise to $153 from January next year, following a vote on the issue last week. The increase marks a rise of 9.3% on the current minimum wage of US$140.


Sportswear initiatives start to take shape 26 Sep 2016

Leonie Barrie

The results of two highly-anticipated initiatives in the sportswear sphere were revealed last week: the launch of Under Armour’s new UAS lifestyle brand and the first pair of running shoes created at Adidas’s Speedfactory manufacturing facility.


Hanjin Shipping collapse triggers fear of West Coast port repeat 19 Sep 2016

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 2016

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.


Trends in the US apparel sourcing landscape 30 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

As a barometer of the latest trends in the US apparel sourcing landscape, the recent Sourcing at MAGIC trade show pointed to a shift from regional to global sourcing, a move towards fewer but more capable 'super vendors', increasing interest in 'Made in USA' products, the rise of Ethiopia and concerns over Vietnam.


The rejection of globalisation 22 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

Mike Flanagan, CEO at industry consultancy Clothesource, spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning to stay in the EU. Not once, he says, did he hear his opponents - or anyone in Britain's new, Brexit-friendly government - say they wanted to reject global integration or repudiate over 30 years of globalisation.


US apparel imports take a tumble in June 15 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

Apparel imports into the US took a tumble in June, even though more than half of the top-ten supplier countries booked growth.


Under Armour shuns athleisure label 1 Aug 2016

Leonie Barrie

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the imminent launch of a new sportswear line that will help broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience, and the signing of a new partnership deal with Kohl's.


Ethiopia clothing and textile sector expanding 25 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

Ethiopia's flagship industrial park in Hawassa city, south of the capital Addis Ababa, has finally opened, dedicated solely to the textile and apparel sector.


Long-term look at Vietnam sourcing post-TPP 18 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

Now that both the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and official trade statistics for 2015 have been released, we take another look at the likely impact of TPP's tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam.


Dhaka attack deals new blow to Bangladesh 11 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

Two terrorist attacks in Bangladesh over the past week have left the country's key garment industry in turmoil, with buyers rethinking travel plans and potential economic fallout for a sector reliant on foreign investment. Observers say the sector must now join with the government in taking a lead on security and economic issues if it is to continue to thrive and attract customers.


Industry weighs up impact of Brexit 4 Jul 2016

Michelle Russell

Britain's historic vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) has left retailers and manufacturers mulling the consequences as the nation prepares for a long period of political and economic uncertainty.


Weak merchandise margins blamed on sourcing woes 20 Jun 2016

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 2016

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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