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MyanmarMyanmar facing hurdles in garment industry growth 12 Jan 18

Jozef De Coster

A few years ago, optimistic observers believed that by 2020 the Myanmar garment industry would employ 1.5m people and generate US$10-12bn in exports. With this date now looming, such performance seems out of the question. Even attaining these figures in 2024, the new target date, seems overly ambitious. Jozef De Coster looks at some of the challenges facing the sector.


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a hot topic in the retail supply chainTechnologies transforming key points of the supply chain 10 Jan 18

Guest author

Adopting new technologies has become critical in organisations across all industries to help improve process efficiency, effectiveness, and boost performance. Here are some with the potential to revolutionise key points of the apparel retail supply chain.


"The new value-for-money e-commerce industry is now in the process of burying the old brick & mortar retailers"The e-commerce revolution yet to come – Comment 10 Jan 18

David Birnbaum

It is only a matter of time before the internet will undercut almost every traditional supplier of consumer services and products, writes David Birnbaum, adding: The only survivors will be the few brick & mortar and e-commerce companies that provide real value.


"Uncertain" and "challenging" are among the most common words used to describe the state of the industry this yearOutlook 2018 – What else is the apparel industry watching? 9 Jan 18

Leonie Barrie

For the final part of our Outlook 2018 report we asked industry executives what keeps them awake at night – and other issues the apparel sector should be keeping a close eye on in the year ahead. Not surprisingly, US trade policy and free trade agreements remain top of the agenda for many – along with health and safety, ethics and compliance, automation and efficiencies, and the continuing impact of omnichannel retail.


Speed and agility will be increasingly important in the year ahead – and beyondOutlook 2018 – Strategies for sourcing success 8 Jan 18

Leonie Barrie

What should apparel firms be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future? Diversified supply chains, data, digitalisation and the smart application of artificial intelligence are key to addressing the top industry challenge of speed and complexity – and are the best hedges against uncertainty. Add in constant innovation, sustainability, and a focus on understanding your consumers and you have the ingredients to help to separate the winners from the losers in 2018 and beyond.


Shipments to the US are down month-on-month but up on November last yearEarly stockpiling sees US apparel imports fall in November 8 Jan 18

Michelle Russell

With retailers having stocked up early in anticipation of a busy holiday season, a month-on-month decline in US apparel import volumes in November was perhaps to be expected. Year-on-year, however, imports were up – with Cambodia recording the largest increase.


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Outlook 2018 – Apparel industry issues in the year aheadOutlook 2018 – Apparel industry issues in the year ahead

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain, according to feedback from executives consulted by just-style

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: First look at 2018 8 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain


US apparel import roundup US apparel import roundup

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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just-style's summary of apparel and footwear news from the world’s local media.


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just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.


In the money In the money

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.


The Flanarant The Flanarant

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.


Speaking with style Speaking with style

Exclusive interviews with some of the apparel and footwear industry’s leading movers and shakers. Companies already featured include Marks & Spencer, H&M, Timberland, Adidas, New Look and Li & Fung.


Spotlight on... Spotlight on...

With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.


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Facts and figures taken from some of the research reports published on just-style. Much of this information is only available in the reports themselves, so these articles provide a valuable snapshot of the latest data and forecasts.


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Retail roundup Retail roundup

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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