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Can robotics redefine the future of apparel manufacturing? 23 Sep 2015

Column: Viewpoint

As Wal-Mart ramps up its efforts to reshore more US clothing production, the recipient of a $2m grant from the retailer’s Innovation Fund talks about progress in developing systems to automate apparel-making.


Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms 25 Aug 2015

Column: Viewpoint

Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.


C&A Foundation wants fashion to be a force for good 13 Jul 2015

Column: Viewpoint

Around EUR29m (US$32m) was invested last year by the C&A Foundation in initiatives across the clothing supply chain – but the philanthropic group is urging a joint effort from all stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges that remain.


Frustrations come to the fore over Bangladesh inspections 23 Jun 2015

Column: Viewpoint

Both the Alliance and Accord have long expressed their concerns at the Bangladesh government’s lack of engagement in the process of making garment factories safer and empowering workers. But recent comments from the country's finance minister appear to be pushing their frustrations to the fore.


When will Gap get back on track? 27 May 2015

Column: Viewpoint

While new Gap Inc CEO Art Peck has a laser focus on fixing the Gap brand’s woes, finding the right formula is proving elusive. Indeed, a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016, with the spring season seen as a “no excuses moment.”


VIEWPOINT: Pou Yuen strike underscores Vietnam challenges 9 Apr 2015

Column: Viewpoint

Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.


VIEWPOINT: US apparel imports fall from eight of top-ten suppliers 9 Jan 2015

Column: Viewpoint

With most holiday merchandise brought into the US early as retailers rushed to beat a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, it is perhaps not surprising that apparel imports fell in November. But with shipments plunging from eight of the top-ten suppliers, Vietnam alone was the stand-out performer during the month.


VIEWPOINT: Is Black Friday losing its lustre? 1 Dec 2014

Column: Viewpoint

Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping, and an improving economy appear to be changing the way US consumers approach what has traditionally been the biggest shopping weekend of the year.


VIEWPOINT: Port shutdown fears add to US apparel headwinds 7 Nov 2014

Column: Viewpoint

US businesses are urging the government to intervene in the ongoing dispute at US west coast ports, amid worsening delays on shipments of holiday merchandise and fears a total shutdown may be imminent.


VIEWPOINT: Government delays weigh on Bangladesh reforms 28 Oct 2014

Column: Viewpoint

The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."


VIEWPOINT: Cotton price decline unlikely to help clothing costs 30 Sep 2014

Column: Viewpoint

With global cotton prices sitting at a five-year low, apparel firms should be benefitting from lower unit costs. That's the theory at least. The reality, however, is that any gains are unlikely to show up until the second half of next year - and more likely than not will be offset by rising labour and compliance costs.


VIEWPOINT: Fitness fashion propels Athleta towards $1bn sales 27 Aug 2014

Column: Viewpoint

Any talk of Gap Inc's portfolio invariably focuses on its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. But new number crunching suggests the company's Athleta women's athletic wear line is also gaining momentum.


VIEWPOINT: Risk-averse retailers vote with their orders 12 Jun 2014

Column: Viewpoint

The international apparel supply chain faces a complex array of risks and variables, and buyers are putting a high priority on minimum disruption. Indeed, there's a stark link between the three top-ten supplier countries whose imports to the US have fallen this year so far.


VIEWPOINT: The link between apparel supply chains and success 28 May 2014

Column: Viewpoint

Do the biggest companies also have the best supply chains - or should it be instead that the best supply chains help grow the most successful companies? It's quite a question, but there's no doubt that there's a connection between the two, especially when it comes to Zara-owner Inditex, H&M and Nike.


VIEWPOINT: Bangladesh reforms must ramp up their progress 24 Apr 2014

Column: Viewpoint

Among the numerous statements released today (24 April) to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, there is a depressing similarity hanging over them all: that despite a year of industry-wide action aimed at improving conditions in the country's booming garment sector, much more work still needs to be done.


Viewpoint: US apparel industry data sheds light on sector shifts 3 Jan 2014

Column: Viewpoint

An annual update of US apparel industry trends might use data that is more than a year old, but it offers an interesting snapshot of the state of play in the US textile and apparel trade, from domestic production trends to import costs.


Viewpoint: Chinese cotton auction unlikely to dent stockpile 28 Nov 2013

Column: Viewpoint

Having spent the past two years building up massive cotton stockpiles that now account for an estimated half of the world's supply, the Chinese government is selling off some of its reserves.


Viewpoint: Collaboration key to tackling supply chain issues 17 Oct 2013

Column: Viewpoint

Efforts to increase supply chain transparency should include closer collaboration and partnerships with suppliers, an industry event has heard.


Viewpoint: Rupee fall a mixed bag for Indian garment industry 11 Sep 2013

Column: Viewpoint

The falling value of the Indian rupee is proving to be something of a mixed bag for the country's clothing industry.


Viewpoint: China changes drive global sourcing search 15 Aug 2013

Column: Viewpoint

In its constant search for cheaper and cheaper production bases around the world, there are few places the apparel and textile industry has left untouched. But still the search goes on. From Africa to the Americas, Burma to Bangladesh, there seems to be a never-ending debate as to the next sourcing hotspot.


Viewpoint: Can trade benefits be taken for granted? 9 Jul 2013

Column: Viewpoint

The US decision last month to suspend trade benefits for Bangladesh was a symbolic gesture intended to emphasise its frustrations over factory safety in the country's garment sector. But could the European Union's repeated threats to cut access to its own GSP system prove more of a wake-up call?


Viewpoint: Making clothes should never mean life or death 2 May 2013

Column: Viewpoint

Is Bangladesh is a place where workers are safe to make clothes sold by Western retailers and brands - and is the lure of low costs a risk worth taking? Last week's collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory complex has brought these concerns to the fore all over again.


Viewpoint: JC Penney turns around its turnaround plan 9 Apr 2013

Column: Viewpoint

Ron Johnson, the man hired just 18 months ago to transform US retailer JC Penney, has been unceremoniously ousted after his radical revamp plans failed to gain traction.


Viewpoint: Is Lululemon growing too fast? 22 Mar 2013

Column: Viewpoint

Since 2009, active wear brand Lululemon Athletica has seen profits soar, regularly increasing its guidance after better than expected performances. But, is the recall of its black Luon pants a sign that the brand is growing too quickly?


Viewpoint: China continues to lead US apparel and textile imports 13 Feb 2013

Column: Viewpoint

For all the talk about declining Chinese competitiveness and the likely growth in near-sourcing, official figures show China continued to dominate US apparel and textile imports last year.


Viewpoint: Lessons must be learned from Bangladesh inferno 1 Dec 2012

Column: Viewpoint

Since when did garment making become a matter of life and death? And why, despite the huge amounts of time, effort and resources that have gone into corporate social responsibility, factory inspections and audits, do poorly paid workers continue to toil in dangerous conditions supplying clothing to Western brands and retailers?


Viewpoint: Bangladesh factory fire highlights need for change 26 Nov 2012

Column: Viewpoint

It is almost two years to the day since 29 people perished in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh - and it would appear that little has been done in the intervening period to tackle the industry's safety issues.


Viewpoint: Fiscal cliff could curb US clothing sales 4 Oct 2012

Column: Viewpoint

The heads of two US trade groups representing apparel and footwear retailers, brands and importers have warned of a slowdown in consumer spending unless lawmakers can reach an agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" which is looming at the end of the year.


Viewpoint: Indian retail reform may still stall 19 Sep 2012

Column: Viewpoint

Moves last week by the Indian government to open the country's multi-brand retail sector to foreign investment have been hailed as everything from a "historic decision" to a "big bang" reform. But observers also warn it is still far from certain that they will go ahead.


Viewpoint: M&S adrift despite a decade of turnaround talk 12 Jul 2012

Column: Viewpoint

Like a vast, slow-moving and rather unwieldy tanker, battered and lashed by stormy seas, the UK's largest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has done much over the past decade to try to steady its business.

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