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A US$400-US$500m increase in apparel exports could come by 2018 and onwardsSri Lanka eyes apparel export boost from EU GSP+ 27 Jul 17

Munza Mushtaq

Executives within Sri Lanka’s apparel sector predict exporters can generate an additional US$400m to US$500m in annual sales thanks to the country regaining the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) trade concession with the European Union (EU).


The Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) coalition was set up earlier this year with the sole stated purpose of blocking the proposed taxThe Border Adjustment Tax – good intentions, bad policy 26 Jul 17

Robert P Antoshak

As has been widely reported, some US politicians have endorsed a plan to alter domestic tax laws in such a way that imported products would be subject to a new tax, while exempting exported products from the tax. The plan is called the Border Adjustment Tax (or BAT). It is bad policy. Why? Let's take a look.


If a garment is incorrectly labelled, the customer may ask for it to be reworkedFive key costs linked to poor product quality 25 Jul 17

Guest author

For consumer-driven, competitive apparel and footwear companies, product quality is critical. When managed well, it can improve your brand image, strengthen your consumer relationships, and reduce your operational and financial costs.


VenezuelaVenezuela turmoil strangles apparel production 24 Jul 17

Ivan Castano Freeman

As political chaos continues to engulf crisis-stricken Venezuela, the country's textile and apparel industry is on the verge of collapse – with both sales and exports expected to plummet this year.


ChinaTrade policy tops sourcing concerns for US fashion firms 21 Jul 17

Leonie Barrie

The impact of trade protectionism, increasing market competition from e-commerce, and supply chain risk are the top concerns for US fashion industry executives in 2017, a new survey has found, overtaking more traditional worries like cost. Other findings point to an emerging ‘China plus Vietnam plus Many’ sourcing model, and more weight given to social compliance and sustainability in sourcing decisions.


Inman Mills in South Carolina manufactures fabric developed through AFFOAWhy US innovation is vital to global value chains 21 Jul 17

Guest author

A report on just-style last week described as a "missed opportunity" the distribution of a Vietnam-made backpack at the launch of a new multi-million dollar initiative intended to develop US-made high-tech fabrics. But for Stephen Lamar, executive vice president at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the item’s value is overwhelmingly US – and reflects the way supply chains are likely to evolve in the future.


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Leonie Barrie

The impact of trade protectionism, increasing market competition from e-commerce, and supply chain risk are the top concerns for US fashion industry executives in 2017, a new survey has found, overtaking more traditional worries like cost.


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Monthly figures from the Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) highlight the rise and fall of global apparel imports into the US.


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A regular in-depth analysis prompted by what’s happening in the financial world and how it impacts on the apparel and footwear supply chain from manufacturing to retail.


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A forthright take on the follies the world’s apparel buying community has to deal with, from Mike Flanagan, CEO of Clothesource – and his suggestions for putting them right.


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A month-by-month overview of US apparel and shoe chains' sales results. Same-store sales figures help gauge how a specific retailer has performed, making this feature invaluable for evaluating your customers or competitors.

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