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Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA 23 May 2017

Michelle Russell

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement.


Cutting edge technology defining apparel industry 15 May 2017

Michelle Russell

Cutting-edge textile processing products including a new technology for dyeing yarns in a more sustainable manner and a digitalised sewing machine set up via a touchscreen or app, were among the most exciting developments at last week's Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.


Ethiopia apparel and textile industry making massive gains 8 May 2017

Michelle Russell

just-style's editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.


Collaboration remains a challenge 3 May 2017

Leonie Barrie

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective supply chain. But in an increasingly complex fashion environment, putting it into practice is still a considerable challenge.


Why digital supply chains are top of mind 3 Apr 2017

Leonie Barrie

Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.


Navigating global political frictions and economic uncertainty 28 Mar 2017

Leonie Barrie

As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.


Trump and Brexit generate more confusion 20 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.


Bangladesh works to resolve labour activist issues 2 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced plans to pull out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit, held at the weekend, in protest.


US border tax a contentious issue 20 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.


Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape 13 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.


Trump administration starts to shake up trade 23 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Last week we marked the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States by taking a closer look at what's at stake for the textile and apparel trade – especially his promises to tear up US trade agreements, impose tariffs on imports from China and Mexico, and bring back US jobs and manufacturing.


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.


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