Blog: The last few years have seen significant changes
Leonie Barrie | 3 March 2014
The last few years have brought significant changes to the apparel sourcing landscape in Asia. The era of Chinese low-cost apparel manufacturing is a trend from the past, and several countries have stepped up to claim their part of the manufacturing pie. Apparel industry analysts say that although China's dominance continues, a clear segmentation is now taking place in Asia.
In Africa, British retailer Tesco is making efforts to raise working conditions and ethical standards in Ethiopia's textile industry before it begins sourcing garments there. The country is also hoping to become a hub for Chinese textile investment.
But a survey has found garment workers in Bangladesh not only lack basic knowledge on fire and building safety but also feel drills and training take too much time and increase pressure on them to reach production targets. The research by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety came as it revealed Jeff Krilla is to step down as president and CEO as the group shifts its focus to Dhaka.
Denim giant Levi Strauss has developed a technology that uses 100% recycled water in the finishing process - and has so far produced 100,000 pairs of women's jeans using the new system, which it also plans to roll out at its supplier factories worldwide.
Meanwhile, ailing US department store retailer JC Penney has set out its strategy for the final phase of its turnaround, which will include the discontinuation of some underperforming brands. The plans were revealed as the company posted its first quarterly profit since July 2011.
The names to watch in the future include Belle, Tata, Metersbonwe and Anta, new research suggests. They're among the top ten Chinese apparel brands, which are together worth US$3.87bn, according to a new report.
Earlier this year apparel giant PVH set up Innovation Next, a new department dedicated to preparing for the big ideas coming at the industry - including connected apparel and implications for the supp...
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 af...
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...
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 ris...
Invista's Cordura brand has collaborated with Italian fabric producer Marlane for the development of a performance wool fabric it says offers enhanced abrasion resistance and longevity....
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 ...
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