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Dr Sheng Lu

Dr Sheng LuBiography

Dr Sheng Lu is an assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. With over 50 publications in academic and trade journals, Sheng’s research focuses on the economic and business aspects of the global soft-goods industry (textiles, apparel and related retailing), including international trade, trade policy and the governance of the global apparel value chain. Sheng received the 2014 Rising Star Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in recognition of his research and teaching excellence. He is also the recipient of the Paper of Distinction Award both at the 2014 and 2015 ITAA annual conference for his study on the textile and apparel specific sectoral impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). 

Sheng received his PhD from the University of Missouri in Textile and Apparel Management in 2011. From 2009 to 2010, Sheng worked with the US-China Business Council in Washington DC, conducting policy analysis and market research for US multinationals doing business with China.

Articles by Dr Sheng Lu

Textile and apparel supply chains involving NAFTA members, particularly the US and Mexico, face intense competition from AsiaWhich products would be hardest hit if NAFTA nixed? 8 November 2017

As talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) head into their fifth round later this month, concerns remain that US President Donald Trump may end the agreement should the United States, Canada and Mexico be unable to strike a deal. Here Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, identifies the textile and apparel products that would be most affected by NAFTA's termination. 


Fashion companies whose businesses are built on a global supply chain may find it  harder to win trade policy support from the Trump administrationThe impact of Trump’s trade policy on apparel businesses 26 September 2017

There’s no doubt the Trump administration has been very active on the trade front – but what exactly is its trade policy, what is it hoping to achieve, and what are the implications for the textile and apparel industry? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a look.


Sourcing at MAGIC attracted over 81,000 attendeesHow the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing 6 September 2017

As usual MAGIC, one of the largest fashion trade shows in the United States held 13-16 August in Las Vegas, was crowded and hot. The event attracted over 81,000 attendees, including vendors, buyers, service providers and educational institutions coming from over 40 countries and regions. Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, presents his thoughts from the event regarding the industry outlook and the changing landscape of apparel sourcing.


In 2015, the 16 RCEP members exported US$405bn worth of textiles and apparel – 54% of the world totalRCEP and its potential impact on textile and apparel trade 13 June 2017

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has the potential to be one of the most significant mega-FTAs in the world, both economically and politically. And as Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware explains, the implications for the textile and apparel trade are enormous.


China is not only the top supplier of many textile and apparel products to the US, but also holds a lion's share of the marketIs China losing its edge as a US apparel supplier? 12 April 2017

The outlook for China as a supplier of textiles and apparel (T&A) to the US market remains a topic of heated debate among industry professionals and academics. But an analysis of 2016 trade data by Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, shows that while the country looks set to maintain its lead into the future, increasing competition is coming from suppliers in the Western Hemisphere who offer faster speed to market.


In 2015, the US and EU together exported $91bn worth of textiles and $136bn worth of apparelWhat might TTIP mean for US and EU textiles and apparel? 20 March 2017

Over the past four years, the United States and the European Union (EU) have been negotiating the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP or T-TIP) free trade agreement, which intends to unlock market access opportunities for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic through the elimination of trade and investment barriers as well as enhanced regulatory coherence. Here Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, looks at what the pact might mean for the US and EU textile and apparel industries.


 Examplifying NAFTA's western hemisphere supply chain, this T-shirt was designed in Canada and made in Mexico of USA fabricHow would end of NAFTA affect US apparel industry? 23 November 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his dislike of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Mexico and Canada. But far from bringing back ‘Made in USA’ manufacturing, withdrawing from the pact would hurt US textile exports and do little to curb apparel imports, according to an analysis by Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.


'Made in USA' sourcing continues to attract interestGlobal supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC 23 August 2016

From the new sourcing landscape, to increasing interest in ‘Made in USA’ apparel, and updates on sourcing destinations and sustainability, Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, presents his first thoughts from last week’s Sourcing at MAGIC trade show.


Vietnam is widely regarded as the largest potential beneficiary of TPP in the textile and apparel sectorTPP tariff phase-out can steer Vietnam sourcing plans 15 July 2016

A close look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam can guide sourcing decisions and investment strategies in the years ahead, according to Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.


Why have US FTA apparel imports fallen to a record low? 29 April 2016

In the past ten years the number of free trade agreements (FTAs) implemented in the United States has almost doubled. So why have US apparel imports entering under free trade agreements fallen to a record low? Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, investigates.


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