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Fast fashion: Accurate information is key to success MJ Deschamps | 6 Oct 14

While speed is, of course, an important part of the fast fashion process, a shorter timeframe between garment design and point of sale does not necessarily mean a larger margin of errors.


COMMENT: Brand issues add to woes for online retailer Asos Michelle Russell | 23 Sep 14

Just a week after Asos issued its third profit warning this year, reports at the weekend suggested a potential revolt from some of the brands it sells over its aggressive discounting - exacerbating issues already weighing on the online retailer.


CAMBODIA: Fashion brands commit support for wage rise Katie Smith | 22 Sep 14

Eight major fashion brands, including one of Cambodia's biggest customers, H&M, have indicated their support for talks to raise wages for Cambodian garment workers - in line with efforts to improve supplier productivity.


SPAIN: Inditex books "strong" H1 despite sales decline Katie Smith | 17 Sep 14

Spanish retailer Inditex delivered a "strong" set of first-half results as better cost control offset weaker gross margin, according to one analyst, despite a drop in sales.


UK: Analysts voice disappointment with Asos results Michelle Russell | 16 Sep 14

Analysts have voiced their disappointment at the latest Asos trading update, which saw the online fashion retailer lower its full-year profit forecast.


BANGLADESH: Rana Plaza Trust Fund awards $1.4m to victims Katie Smith | 9 Sep 14

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


ANALYSIS: China and Vietnam lead US apparel imports in July Leonie Barrie | 8 Sep 14

US retailers ramped up stocks for the start of the back-to-school season in July, pushing apparel imports for the month up by 13.4%, according to the latest data. But while China and Vietnam were the biggest beneficiaries of these gains, shipments from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia tumbled.


BRAZIL: Unions discuss global framework for textile sector Richard Woodard | 3 Sep 14

Trade union leaders from Latin America’s textile, garment, footwear and leather sectors have met to discuss how to use international connections to build union power.


ANALYSIS: Apparel industry not immune from Russia tensions Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 14

Retail shares were among the biggest fallers last week as financial markets reacted to President Vladimir Putin's retaliation to the imposition of sanctions on Russia. While the ban was imposed on food and agricultural imports, the apparel industry is unlikely to be immune from the effects of the standoff, with majors like Adidas already suffering long-standing issues in the country.


EUROPE: Clothing retailers set out case for EU-Vietnam FTA Leonie Barrie | 13 Aug 14

A group of European retail clothing brands is calling for the elimination of duties on apparel, along with more flexible rules of origin, as part of the free-trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam.


US: Worker safety pacts "not part" of Ralph Lauren strategy Katie Smith | 11 Aug 14

Luxury apparel giant Ralph Lauren Corporation has said becoming a member of one of two groups working to improve safety and working conditions in Bangladesh's textile industry is "not part" of its strategy.


ANALYSIS: US apparel imports show continuing China competitiveness Leonie Barrie | 8 Aug 14

Half-way through the year and US apparel imports are taking shape to give a broader view of the trends so far - including average unit costs from China falling below those of Bangladesh. Not surprisingly, supply options in the first six months of 2014 point to China and Vietnam as the ongoing winners, while shipments from Bangladesh continue to drop.


Spotlight on...Organic cotton faces potential supply shortage Leonie Barrie | 5 Aug 14

Brands and retailers seeking to use more organic cotton in their ranges over the next few years are likely to face a potential supply crisis as new figures show a 21% decline in organic cotton production last year.


just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 18 Jul 14

The latest reports from just-style's research store include a case study of US fashion apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters, a global review of denim and jeanswear, and a country report of Vietnam.


SPAIN: Inditex to speed up supply chain with RFID Katie Smith | 16 Jul 14

Spanish retail giant Inditex is to implement radio frequency garment identification (RFID) technology into all of its stores in a bid speed up its supply chain processes.


Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 11 Jul 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include June's UK clothing retail prices falling to their lowest level since 2006, Inditex renewing an agreement to monitor its supply chain, and a look at the decline in US apparel imports in May.


SPAIN: Inditex renews agreement to track the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 8 Jul 14

Spanish retail giant Inditex, operator of the Zara fast fashion chain, has renewed a "ground-breaking" agreement designed to monitor and track the retail supply chain.


ANALYSIS: Vietnam soars as US apparel imports decline in May Leonie Barrie | 8 Jul 14

Despite forecasts suggesting US imports would continue to rise in May - in part to offset the threat of possible industrial action and disruption at major West Coast container ports this summer - the latest data in fact shows apparel imports were down year-on-year. While Vietnam was one of the few countries bucking the overall decline, shipments from China and Bangladesh showed fluctuating fortunes.


UK: M&S reshuffles execs as international director departs Leonie Barrie | 30 Jun 14

Retailer Marks & Spencer is shuffling the responsibilities of its executive team in a move that highlights the growing importance of its online and international businesses.


Bangladesh factory inspections beset by differences Katie Smith | 16 Jun 14

A growing list of differences appears to be breaking out between groups working to improve factory and building safety for garment workers in Bangladesh.


VIEWPOINT: Risk-averse retailers vote with their orders Leonie Barrie | 12 Jun 14

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.


SPAIN: Inditex Q1 profit beats analyst expectations Michelle Russell | 11 Jun 14

Spanish retailer Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion chain, has revealed first-quarter earnings that came in above analyst expectations thanks to better than anticipated cost control.


WORLD: Clothing firms agree limits for textile chemicals Leonie Barrie | 6 Jun 14

The group working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the apparel and footwear supply chain has reached a significant milestone by releasing its long-awaited Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).


ANALYSIS: Bangladesh lags as Vietnam leads US import growth Leonie Barrie | 5 Jun 14

As US retailers stocked up in anticipation of a busy spring and summer, their preferred supplier choices in April continued to be led by China and Vietnam. But the decline in shipments from Bangladesh appears to be accelerating.


ANALYSIS: M&S supply chain focus can boost GM margins Michelle Russell | 3 Jun 14

Marks & Spencer could dramatically improve its general merchandise gross margin with the right systems, supply chain and buying processes in place, analysts believe, but earnings growth might be harder to achieve.


CAMBODIA: Court ruling frees garment workers and activists Leonie Barrie | 30 May 14

A Cambodian court has today (30 May) freed 25 garment workers and labour activists arrested during demonstrations earlier this year, instead handing out suspended sentences ranging from one to over four years.


US: Levi Strauss cuts sourcing from Cambodia Katie Smith | 29 May 14

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co has reduced its sourcing from Cambodian garment factories in a bid to "minimise supply-chain risk and ensure delivery" amid ongoing unrest in the country.


CAMBODIA: Brands prepared to cost in higher wages Richard Woodard | 28 May 14

Fashion brands and retailers have suggested they are prepared to factor in the cost of higher wages for garment workers in Cambodia when sourcing from the country.


VIEWPOINT: The link between apparel supply chains and success Leonie Barrie | 28 May 14

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.


CAMBODIA: Brands back new talks on worker rights violations Richard Woodard | 23 May 14

Clothing brands and retailers including H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss are set to renew talks with the Cambodian government on Monday (26 May) over the alleged violation of worker rights in the country.

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