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Online shopping is a major contributor to the fashion industry’s environmental footprintFrom Field to Shelf – The environmental cost of online shopping 23 Jan 20

Robert P Antoshak

E-commerce has been a boon for the fashion retail industry. But it also comes with a cost: the overnight deliveries and corresponding returns add dramatically to the carbon footprint of our industry, whether we like to admit it or not, says Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.


Asos has reported an "encouraging" start to its new financial yearAsos back on track – What the analysts say 23 Jan 20

Beth Wright

Asos has booked a 20% increase in total group revenue for the peak four-month trading period to the end of December, largely driven by a "record" Black Friday weekend. The performance has been hailed by the UK online fashion retailer as an encouraging start to the year, with analysts noting Asos is "back on track" as growth returns to previous levels.


President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He with the signed US-China trade deal offers little respite for apparel firms 22 Jan 20

Leonie Barrie

The ‘Phase One’ trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.


Honduras continues to pin its hopes on clothing industry growthHonduras eyes 10% apparel export hike on US orders 21 Jan 20

Ivan Castano Freeman

The apparel industry in Honduras is betting that US demand for its key T-shirt and underwear products will rise this year, boosting exports by 10% to $2.9bn and mirroring a similar performance in 2019.


Jean Hegedus, The Lycra CompanyThe Lycra Company stretches its sustainability agenda 17 Jan 20

Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company is ramping up its Planet Agenda sustainability platform, developing more solutions for the circular economy and taking a broader look at the issues from design to consumer – as sustainability director Jean Hegedus explains.


The apparel industry must continue to rethink its business models and explore new ways of workingOutlook 2020 – What next for apparel sourcing? 16 Jan 20

Leonie Barrie

The search for the ideal sourcing destination is set to continue as Western fashion brands and retailers seek to reduce their exposure to China in 2020. At the same time they’re having to navigate a more complicated matrix, which includes factors ranging from cost, speed to market, production capacity and flexibility to compliance risk. Along with these challenges come opportunities to rethink business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to digitalisation and data, executives say.


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Key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020Key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands, retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable trade changes, pressure for smarter and faster decisions, and new levels of sustainability will all weigh on 2020.

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: US apparel imports down four months in a row 13 Jan 2020

Leonie Barrie

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs.


From Field to Shelf From Field to Shelf

Regular opinion about the global market for cotton, textiles and apparel, and how it impacts on the supply chain from the field to the shelf. By industry consultant Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.


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