Latest Apparel Insights

The new '2018 Accord' agreement extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh

Who's signed the Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update

Almost half of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agreement set...

Retailers are adopting see-now-buy-now strategies to get product to consumers faster

How 'see-now-buy-now' is disrupting retail

Technology and social media have transformed consumers into veritable fashion industry insiders. No longer looking to retailers to direct th...

Sustainability in clothing is top of mind for brands now, more than it has ever been

How to ensure sustainable fashion is here to stay

With London Fashion Week kicking off today, how can the fashion industry make sure that sustainable fashion is always in season rather than...

The OECD apparel and footwear initiative is seen as a practical way forward

OECD supply chain guidance moves to implementation

Clothing and textile companies are grappling with new good practice guidance in supply chain management in the garment and footwear sector,...

China remains the world's largest exporter of denim fabric

Where are the world's key sources of denim fabric?

With the recent announcement of closures of two denim mills in the United States, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, finds it t...

India is slow in driving sustainability into its manufacturing economy as a growth strategy

Gaps remain in India's move towards sustainability

India's textile and garment industry is making strides in ensuring ethical compliance and environmental standards in its factories. Yet gaps...

Vietnam leads US apparel import growth in December 8 Feb 18

US apparel import volumes declined in December as the holiday season came to an end. But while shipments from Vietnam continue on an upward trajectory, other top suppliers China and Bangladesh have seen their fortunes fluctuate. 

Latin America makers eye blockchain and Industry 4.0 8 Feb 18

Latin American apparel makers and retailers are eyeing blockchain technologies and delving into Industry 4.0 manufacturing to tackle rising contraband, slash red tape and bolster sales.

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JC Penney cuts 670 jobs realigning supply chain

Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 18 JC Penney is aligning its supply chain network and customer care operations

JC Penney is closing a large distribution centre and eight stores in a move that will impact 670 jobs as the US retail giant looks to realign its supply chain.

MAS Holdings in new supply chain logistics venture

Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 18 L to R: Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny, MD of Hellmann Sri Lanka; Bart de Vries, COO of Air & Sea Hellmann; Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean, chairman MAS Holdings; and Shirendra Lawrence, COO of MAS Holdings.

Sri Lankan apparel and fabric manufacturing conglomerate MAS Holdings has established a supply chain logistics joint-venture aimed at enhancing the company's agility and speed-to-market.

Cambodia garment factory fainting figures disputed

Poorna Rodrigo | 15 Feb 18 There has been a concerted effort to deal with the long-standing problem of mass-fainting in Cambodia's factories

Cambodia's clothing industry has welcomed a reported drop in the number of workers who fainted while at work in garment factories last year – although the decline is disputed by unions.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:18pm 21 Feb 2018)

Gap brand chief steps down

Garment worker diaries reveal wages and conditions

Apparel partners to develop circular decision tool

Delta Galil hails "record" FY sales

Barbour picks PLM to streamline design process

ZDHC recognises GreenScreen Certified standard financing to enhance smart supply chain

US Q4 in brief – Rocky Brands, Walmart

Latest Apparel Interviews

Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 17

Wang FangqingJohn Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, at the company's 2017 Integral Conversation

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.

Why Primark is working to do "the right thing" – Interview 31 Oct 17

Michelle RussellKatharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.

Busana expands to build business with leading brands – Interview 17 Aug 17

Leonie BarrieMr Maniwanen Marimutu, chairman of Busana Apparel Group

For a business that even its chairman Maniwanen Marimutu admits is "low profile," Busana Apparel Group has high ambitions. Here he tells just-style how Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and eyeing new products as it builds the business to lead in each of its categories.

Apparel Blog

China still dominates apparel sourcing

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 12 Feb 18

The latest full-year data on US apparel import trends for 2017 suggests China will remain the dominant sourcing region for some time to come.

Retail's rapid transformation requires "platform thinking"

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 29 Jan 18

There’s no doubt the retail industry is undergoing rapid transformation as technology continues to reshape how retailers think about their supply chains and meeting their customers’ needs. But to position themselves for future growth, they must adopt "platform thinking" and offer a radically diverse sets of experiences.

NAFTA trade talks inch forward

Leonie Barrie, just-style editorial team Leonie Barrie | 22 Jan 18

Negotiators are meeting this week for the sixth round of NAFTA trade talks – and as soon as this deal has been repackaged, the spotlight could turn to the US free trade agreement with Central America.

Hot Apparel Issues

US apparel imports

US apparel imports

Figures from the Office of Textiles and Apparel show the volume of US apparel and textile imports was up 3.2% in 2017, and the average unit price of China's exports have dropped steadily over the last seven years.

Outlook 2018 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

Outlook 2018 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain, according to feedback from executives consulted by just-style

Top 20 of 2017

Top 20 of 2017

A look at the top news, analysis, comment, and interviews published on just-style in 2017.

State of Sourcing 2018 – just-style survey results

State of Sourcing 2018 – just-style survey results

The global apparel supply chain will continue to be buffeted by rising costs and pressure for faster deliveries, smaller quantities and more styles in 2018, according to just-style's annual State of Sourcing survey.

Apparel Market Research

Global market review of corporatewear – forecasts to 2022

Global market review of corporatewear – forecasts to 2022

This 2018 edition of the corporatewear report focuses attention on two subjects: 1) Industrial corporatewear and 2) Factors affecting the garment and fabric decision choices made in the corporate workwear garment selection process. The report's unit and US$ numbers are broken down into garment categories (product types), and by the method of supply (also commonly known as route to market). Both are important because they help explain the fabric decision process. Because the fabric chosen for the garments is so important in terms of its performance (which is not the same thing as its fashionability), then what, by whom, and how the fabric decisions are made is an important feature of this latest edition... Read more

Published: February 2018 - ($1390.00)

Trends in world textile and clothing trade, December 2017

Published: January 2018 - ($550.00)

Survey of the European yarn fairs for autumn/winter 2018/19

Published: January 2018 - ($550.00)

Boot Markets in the Top 5 American Countries to 2022 • Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: January 2018 - ($2272.39)

Primark Stores Ltd - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

Published: November 2017 - ($175.00)

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