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Dr Sheng Lu

Dr Sheng LuBiography

Dr Sheng Lu is an associate 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 at the 2014, 2015 and 2017 ITAA annual conference for his study on the textile and apparel specific sectoral impact of mega free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the Regional Comprehensive and Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Sheng received his PhD from the University of Missouri in Textile and Apparel Management in 2011. From 2009 to 2010, he 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

11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are set to benefit when the CPTPP takes effect at the end of this yearre:source monthly trade programme roundup – November 2018 7 December 2018

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Canada covers developments in November 2018. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


Trump has embarked on a major reshuffle to US trade policy since taking office in January 2017Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade – Update 4 December 2018

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers. To keep abreast of developments, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has compiled a timeline of all the key milestones.


Asia is one of three global regions with an increasingly integrated textile and apparel supply chainHow regional supply chains are shaping world textile and apparel trade 23 November 2018

Textiles and apparel are, without a doubt, global industries. However, analysis by Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, based on the re:source by just-style sourcing tool and data from UN Comtrade, suggests world textile and apparel trade is also becoming more regional. 


New AGOA quota levels were among changes announced to US trade preference programmes in Octoberre:source monthly trade programme roundup – October 2018 5 November 2018

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in October 2018. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


Agreement was reached at the end of September on the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)re:source monthly trade programme roundup – September 2018 18 October 2018

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in September 2018. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


Canada's apparel imports rose by 5.3% in 2017, compared with an increase of only 2.8% in the rest of the worldTop trends in Canada’s apparel sourcing trade 16 October 2018

Canada is the world's fifth-largest apparel market, and one of its fastest growing importers. Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, rounds up the country's key sourcing patterns.


In general, USMCA still adopts the so-called New NAFTA 2.0 – The devil is in the detail 12 October 2018

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.


Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in re:sourcere:source monthly trade programme roundup – August 2018 6 September 2018

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in July 2018. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in re:source, the new online strategic planning tool from the team behind just-style.


Textiles and apparel last year accounted for around 4% of world tradeChanging trends in world textile and apparel trade 4 September 2018

The value of world textile and apparel exports returned to growth in 2017 for the first time in two years, with notable trends including China's textile shipments reaching a new record high and Vietnam's continuing climb as a leading exporter. In turn, these shifts are closely linked to changing patterns in world apparel manufacturing, writes Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.


This month's Sourcing at MAGIC show offered a snapshot of the latest sourcing trends and practicesKey apparel supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGIC 28 August 2018

The MAGIC trade show held earlier this month in Las Vegas provided Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, with an ideal opportunity to talk with vendors from some leading apparel sourcing destinations about the latest sourcing trends and the overall business environment.


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