The hazards of ignorance in cotton supply chains
Brands that source cotton had better know where it comes from and also where it’s going.
Withdrawal of UK Covid-19 support measures – what next?
7 steps UK directors should be taking or considering to navigate the Covid storms.
Singapore plays straight to the garment industry future
Why Singapore is the most trustworthy place for the centre of the post-virus global garment industry.
Why can’t we turn off consumerism and fashion?
Today’s younger generation care about consumerism and fashion but what does this mean for apparel and textiles? Industry consultant Robert Antoshak reviews two books that discuss the origins of the sector and how the world would look if we all stopped shopping.
VF Corp and PVH: Case studies in transformational strategies
The apparel industry can learn a lot from the successful transformational strategies carried out by VF Corp and PVH, explains David Birnbaum.
Opinion: Like it or not apparel supply chains have changed
It’s time for the apparel world to recognise that supply chains need an overhaul, explains industry consultant Bob Antoshak.
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How Uncle Sam is raising your footwear and apparel costs
As footwear and apparel costs in the US rise faster than they have done in years, the presidents of the USFIA and FDRA ask: Is it time to end the outdated footwear and apparel tariffs?
Here’s how Gap Inc plans to shake up its business
US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has set out proposals to shake up its business, with a heavier focus on the Old Navy and Athleta brands and the closure of around one-third of Gap and Banana Republic stores in North America.
How to make sustainable textile sourcing more mainstream
Four ways to overcome the common stumbling blocks to integrating sustainability into fashion and textiles.
Outlook 2022 – What next for apparel sourcing
How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2022, and what can apparel firms and their suppliers do to stay ahead, remain competitive and build resilience for the future? Reimagining apparel supply chains will be key to success, experts say, with regionalisation, nearshoring, and Western Hemisphere sourcing opportunities all top of mind.
Loss of EU GSP would cost Sri Lanka’s apparel sector dearly
Sri Lanka’s apparel sector will suffer heavy economic as well as “social and human” costs as a result of being stripped of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preference (GSP) trade benefits, says its representative trade body.
Expert opinion: Bangladesh apparel sector’s failure to move forward
In July of this year the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) announced that Bangladesh apparel exports had overtaken Vietnam, however industry expert David Birnbaum argues this is evidence of Bangladesh’s failure to move forward.
Lyocell weaves the fabric of a truly sustainable fashion future
The apparel industry faces increasing consumer scrutiny on its environmental impact. While significant spotlight has been cast on greenhouse-gas emissions, there is also increasing consumer concern about the health and environmental impacts of synthetic fabrics, explains Tom Liu, vice president at Sateri.
Is the Bangladesh apparel industry trapped in its culture?
Apparel industry expert David Birnbaum explains why the current issues facing the apparel industry in Bangladesh could be based on culture. He explains that successful companies succeed because they imbue their people with a culture of respect, just as failing companies have a culture of failure.
Digital tools help brands align strategy and sustainability
Analytics and digitalisation are allowing brands to align their retail strategies to more sustainable business plans.
Apparel industry payment terms no longer fit for purpose
The current global Covid-19 crisis has placed severe strain upon the apparel industry supply chain, with garment manufacturers and related ancillary industries feeling the financial effects of the global collapse in clothing retail. The crisis has also thrown into sharp focus the inadequacies of the existing system of supplier payment terms.
Social commerce – The virtual shopping stroll with friends
When asking consumers what they miss most during lockdown, shopping with friends on a Saturday afternoon is surely among the answers. And it is not just about the shopping, but also about the social activity that goes along with it. Interacting with friends, having them pick out pieces we may have never seen. But what’s the alternative?
How the Pakistan apparel industry is moving forward
Apparel industry expert David Birnbaum sheds some light on the Pakistan apparel industry, which he says is offering buyers an image of stability and reliability in a post-pandemic world.
Charting a course for change on purchasing practices
The issue of poor purchasing practices continues to dog the global apparel industry. It’s a global problem that needs a global solution.
The Bangladesh apparel strategy: What is the way forward?
Apparel industry expert David Birnbaum reveals his strategy to move the Bangladesh apparel industry forward that he says would be viable, practical, and cheap.