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The new Who has signed the new Bangladesh '2018 Accord' – Update 21 Mar 18

Beth Wright

More than half of the 220 companies who signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have now committed to the new agreement set to come into effect when the current programme expires in May. Here we list the signatories so far.

Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)Trump Trade – The tariffs are coming, the tariffs are coming! 20 Mar 18

Guest author

Tariff discussions are looming over the White House – and everyone in the apparel, footwear, and accessory industry should be on high alert, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

Science of Apparel uses scientific applications as a foundation for all of its productsScience of Apparel – a model for the industry of the future 20 Mar 18

Emma Birnbaum

There is a growing trend that indicates the reimagining of the relationship between the customer and supplier – and also the way in which the suppliers and factories are valued, writes Emma Birnbaum. And she believes Science of Apparel sets a new standard for the future.

Customisation offers a "far more efficient supply chain" where the customer can start to be involved in the processHow scalable is customisation in mass production? 16 Mar 18

Michelle Russell

As the fashion industry shifts towards proper omnichannel it requires an on-demand supply chain that combines customisation with the ability to re-stock shops more efficiently and respond to trends more quickly. Unmade is a fashion technology business that provides a digital solution to create customisation at an industrial scale.

"Unceasing, repetitious work can manifest itself in the bodies of workers as muscle aches, eye strain, physical exhaustion, and stress"Global garment worker safety is still misunderstood 14 Mar 18

Jasmin Malik Chua

Nearly five years after the world watched a frantic search for survivors turn into an onerous recovery of the dead, the words "Rana Plaza" can still invoke powerful outrage about the precarious conditions that garment workers in the developing world endure every day. But while preventing another Rana Plaza is a vital endeavour, a new book argues it is also important to consider the everyday ways in which garment workers' health and safety is under attack.

The trials began in August last year, when the first cotton seeds were plantedTimberland to buy up to one-third of cotton from Haiti 9 Mar 18

Michelle Russell

Haiti is making its return to the cotton supply chain with the country’s first cotton harvest in three decades thanks to help from US outdoor apparel and footwear giant Timberland – which also says it hopes to launch products made with the fibre in the next two years.

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Trump Trade – The tariffs are coming, the tariffs are coming!Trump Trade – The tariffs are coming, the tariffs are coming!

The European Union (EU) has warned it is prepared to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports of US-made apparel and textiles, as part of its response to new US tariffs on steel and aluminium, which enter force this week.

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: Tailoring mass manufacturing to the individual 19 Mar 2018

Leonie Barrie

As the fashion industry shifts towards proper omnichannel it requires an on-demand supply chain that combines customisation with the ability to restock shops more efficiently and respond to trends more quickly.

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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A weekly roundup of the latest research reports available on just-style.

Global news roundup Global news roundup

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

Viewpoint Viewpoint

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.

Research updates Research updates

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.

Top stories on just-style Top stories on just-style

If you’re short of time or haven’t managed to check in to all our daily newsletters, reading these articles will ensure you’re up-to-date on the top five most-read stories on just-style in any given week.

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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