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Ed Zwirn

Articles by Ed Zwirn

Members of the US Senate reconvened this week after the Thanksgiving break to vote on what would be the most sweeping revisions to the US tax code since the presidency of Ronald ReaganUS apparel industry optimistic on tax reform plans 30 November 2017

With a final vote on US tax reform proposals expected this week, we take a look at why the package finally gives US textile and apparel industries something to cheer about under the Trump administration.

Companies such as Esquel are automating the problem of ever lower labour costs out of existenceSustainable sourcing driven by investors, not consumers 21 November 2017

The hold that ethical sourcing and sustainability has over the US fashion and apparel industries is being cemented more by by changing investor requirements than by consumers, a major US fashion industry conference has heard.

The US is looking increasingly isolated on trade issuesUS moves from 'America first' to 'America alone’ on trade 20 November 2017

Prospects for trade deals that have underpinned growth in American clothing and textile imports and exports appear increasingly precarious as the Trump administration passes the 300-day mark, participants at a US fashion industry summit have heard.

Amazon is shaking up apparel retail with new products like the Amazon Echo Look app lets users preview outfits, mark favourites and compare stylesChange or die – the stark message for supply chains 16 June 2017

The old guard of the United States apparel and footwear industries better wise up to changes occurring all along the supply chain if they want to see their companies survive, the head of a leading Hong Kong based research centre told a room of industry representatives in New York last week.

Bangladesh remediation "a moving target", despite progress 9 May 2017

Just a little over four years after the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers, key participants in the global garment supply chain met in New York City to assess progress in protecting garment worker safety, and brainstorm steps to ensuring future progress.

The Border Adjustment Tax could raise prices by as much as 20% US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes 15 February 2017

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.

The collapse of Hanjin Shipping has exposed weaknesses in the global shipping industryHigher freight rates seen on US imports from Asia 11 November 2016

The bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Company, the world's seventh-largest shipper, has exposed weaknesses in the global shipping industry, apparel industry executives have warned.

A purge of trade related personnel is expected in the Trump administrationTPP is not going to happen in a Trump administration 10 November 2016

International trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), may well fall by the wayside following the upset victory of Republican Donald Trump for the US presidency, participants at the 28th Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference warned yesterday (9 November).

Cargo handling in US West Coast ports has hit “a North American record”US ports humming but TPP timing causes concern 6 November 2015

The US clothing industry is benefiting from a sharp rebound in logistics following the end of last year’s West Coast port dispute, along with optimism about the likely positive impact of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal – a key meeting of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) heard this week.

Existing US trade deals deliver mixed results for US clothing and textile companiesTrade agreements: Existing US pacts deliver mixed results 3 September 2015

While much political attention in the United States has been focused on the merits of sweeping proposed free-trade agreements (FTAs) such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union (EU), US textile and apparel executives report mixed results from deals already in place.

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