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CHINA: Adidas says its production has resumed at Yue Yuen Michelle Russell | 25 Apr 14

Adidas has confirmed its production facility within the Yue Yuen shoe factory is now fully operational following a near two-week strike, likely one of the country's largest in history.


CHINA: Officials tell Yue Yuen to pay back strikers' benefits Leonie Barrie | 25 Apr 14

The ongoing dispute at shoe maker Yue Yuen has taken another turn after Chinese officials said the factory must provide back pay for past unpaid social insurance to workers who have been on strike for the past 11 days.


CHINA: Brands urged to uphold responsibility at Yue Yuen Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 14

Hong Kong-based advocacy group Globalization Monitor has issued an open letter to brands sourcing from the striking Yue Yuen factory in China - Adidas, Nike, and Timberland - demanding they uphold their corporate social responsibility.


US: Timberland exceeds supply chain factory benchmarking target Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 14

VF Corp-owned Timberland says it has well-exceeded its target for benchmarking apparel and footwear factories in its supply chain as part of its global sustainability efforts.


US: VF Corp eyes speed to market with China hub Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 14

Apparel giant VF Corp has opened a central distribution centre in China, in a bid to provide measurable increases in speed-to-market for both customers and consumers.


US: Leadership changes align VF Corp for long-term growth Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 14

Apparel giant VF Corp is hoping a number of new key appointments, including an Americas head, will play a crucial role in helping the company build sustainable, long-term growth.


VENEZUELA: Introduces fair prices law to fight inflation Michelle Russell | 7 Apr 14

The Venezuelan Government and 17 private companies have signed a deal to establish fair prices for garments and household goods.


In the money: VF Corp outlines 2014 growth plans Michelle Russell | 17 Feb 14

Apparel giant VF Corporation has ended the year on a strong note after booking a 7% increase in fourth-quarter earnings, affirming its targets are on-track and setting out expansion plans for next 12 months.


In the money: VF Corp buoyant about long-term growth Leonie Barrie | 22 Oct 13

After booking a 13.8% hike in third-quarter profit, boosted by strong sales in its outdoor & action sports and jeanswear businesses, it's not surprising that executives at apparel giant VF Corporation are in buoyant mood.


US: VF Corp books 14% hike in Q3 profit Leonie Barrie | 21 Oct 13

Apparel giant VF Corporation has booked a 13.8% hike in third-quarter profit, boosted by strong sales in its outdoor & action sports and jeanswear businesses.


TAIWAN: Singtex platform to boost coffee-based yarn Leonie Barrie | 16 Oct 13

Taiwan-based fabric developer Singtex Industrial has set up a new platform to boost uptake and new applications for its S.Café coffee-based yarn.


Chinese manufacturers dig into green technology Wang Fangqing | 30 Sep 13

The Chinese textile industry has long been blamed for over-consuming resources and water pollution. And with consumers increasingly keen to take production processes into account when making purchases, brands are keen to improve their image and that of their suppliers.


US: VF signs climate and clean energy agreement Katie Smith | 30 Sep 13

As part of an ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint, apparel giant VF Corporation has joined a coalition calling on US policymakers to address climate change and clean energy policies.


US: Attune Consulting placed for growth with new team Richard Woodard | 18 Sep 13

Fashion and lifestyle business consultant Attune Consulting has announced a number of new executive appointments after securing a US$20m investment from MAS Holdings, the South Asia-based manufacturer of intimate wear, sportswear and swimwear.


US: VF innovation hubs to drive ‘must-have’ products Katie Smith | 28 Aug 13

Apparel giant VF Corporation is to create three global innovation centres to speed the development of "game-changing" products in technical apparel, footwear and jeans.


US: Former Under Armour exec named Merrell president Katie Smith | 23 Aug 13

Apparel and footwear firm Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Gene McCarthy, former senior vice president of footwear at Under Armour, as president of the Merrell brand.


In the money: Timberland troubles can’t stop VF Richard Woodard | 23 Jul 13

A month after unveiling its new five-year growth plan, VF Corporation chairman and CEO Eric Wiseman said the company was “right on track” when unveiling a healthy set of second quarter results.


US: VF Q2 adjusted income up on sales and margins Petah Marian | 19 Jul 13

VF Corp saw second quarter adjusted net income rise on the back of growing margins and rising sales.


US: Polartec hires VP of product management Katie Smith | 4 Jul 13

Performance fabrics manufacturer Polartec has appointed Doug Kelliher as vice president of product management.


US: Timberland names Schmidt-Eisenhart EMEA president Katie Smith | 27 Jun 13

Footwear brand Timberland has promoted Timo Schmidt-Eisenhart to the newly-created position of president of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region.


US: Timberland makes "notable strides" in sustainability Leonie Barrie | 31 May 13

Timberland says it made "many notable strides" last year in boosting the sustainability of its business, including the use of more recycled, organic or renewable sources in its apparel and footwear.


UK: Sports Direct acquires two European sports retailers Petah Marian | 29 May 13

UK retailer Sports Direct is to acquire two European sporting goods retailers - Austria-based Sports Eybl & Sports Experts (EAG), as well as Sportland International Group (SIG) which is based in the Baltic region.


FRANCE: Children Worldwide Fashion selects Centric PLM Leonie Barrie | 29 May 13

Paris-based Children Worldwide Fashion Group (CWF) has selected Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) system to help streamline its product development process.


In the money: Falling jeanswear costs boost VF Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 13

A positive first quarter for VF Corporation – net profit surged up 25% on last year – was marked by strong performance for The North Face and Vans, and improving margins as jeanswear costs fell.


US: VF lifts full-year guidance on Q1 profit growth Katie Smith | 26 Apr 13

Apparel maker VF Corporation has today (26 April) lifted its full-year earnings guidance after reporting a 25.7% jump in first-quarter net profit.


PERU: Calls for labour reform a "hot-button" issue Leonie Barrie | 15 Apr 13

Efforts by a group of US apparel brands and retailers to persuade the Peruvian government to repeal legislation that allows the use of short-term contracts in the country's garment industry have, as yet, generated no formal response, just-style has learnt.


PSF 2013: Chemical challenges reveal "crazy complexity" Leonie Barrie | 8 Apr 13

The complicated mix of legal requirements, standards and certification schemes facing brands and retailers when managing chemicals in the apparel supply chain was outlined at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong. And the over-riding message is that the industry must collaborate if it is to move forward on the issue.


US: Myntra acquires virtual fitting room developer Fitiquette Katie Smith | 8 Apr 13

Indian online fashion retailer Myntra has acquired San Francisco-based virtual fitting room developer Fitiquette to help improve the shopping experience for Indian consumers.


PSF 2013: Unlocking the value of the supply chain Leonie Barrie | 3 Apr 13

As retailers struggle to differentiate themselves from their peers, and have little room to manoeuvre when it comes to mark-ups and markdowns, there's a growing awareness that the supply chain can contribute to improved efficiency and a competitive edge.


US: PVH expects profit to be hit by extra Warnaco investment Petah Marian | 28 Mar 13

PVH has lowered its full-year forecasts after discovering that its recent Warnaco acquisition will require more investment than it initially expected.

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