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The clothes shopping experience is likely to be very different when lockdown restrictions are liftedClothing sales surge seen when UK lockdown ends 29 May 20

GlobalData Retail

While the majority of UK consumers plan to prioritise spending time with friends and family when lockdown restrictions are lifted, 16% aim to spend time shopping for non-food items – with over two-thirds looking forward to purchasing clothing items.

Group director, Nikhil HirdaramaniHirdaramani sees sustainability a key pillar of the new normal 29 May 20

Michelle Russell

Sri Lanka is long-recognised as a pioneer in innovation and sustainability, with manufacturing giant Hirdaramani Group one of those championing the cause. Group director Nikhil Hirdaramani believes this track record will be key as the world adjusts to the new normal post-pandemic, with sustainability one of the key pillars of doing business.

Apparel-specific rules of origin might make or break the US-Kenya trade dealUS-Kenya trade deal – Here's what the apparel industry wants 28 May 20

Kendall Keough and Dr Sheng Lu

As more details emerge on the proposed US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement, Kendall Keough and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware look at various industry views on the pact – and why apparel-specific provisions are the focal point of the debate.

Manufacturers must realign with the changing needs of the fast-shifting fashion business if they are to thrive in the coming decadesManufacturers must future-proof as fashion gets faster 26 May 20

Roit Kathiala

If there's one thing the coronavirus pandemic has exposed, it's that successful retailers and brands are the ones who are nimble, agile and flexible to meet customers' rapidly changing needs. Here, Roit Kathiala sets out steps for manufacturers to realign with this fast-shifting fashion business if they want to stay relevant in the coming decades. 

ILO guidelines suggest PPE should be provided to workers in the most hazardous occupations10-point checklist for creating a safe return to work 26 May 20

Hannah Abdulla

As many businesses globally are being given the green light by governments to reopen their doors following the coronavirus pandemic, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has created a checklist to ensure the safe return of workers.

Turkmenistan is the seventh-largest producer and exporter of cotton in the world, but there are growing concerns over its use of forced labourRisk of Turkmenistan tainted cotton in Turkish textiles 22 May 20

Hannah Abdulla

Clothing brands that source from Turkey are being urged to pay closer attention to where the cotton used within their products has come from after research has suggested mills are heavily reliant on cotton from Turkmenistan, which is often produced using forced labour.

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