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Young shoppers in particular are seduced by ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ because it is convenient and instantly accessibleRetailers without 'Buy Now, Pay Later' will pay the price 24 Nov 20

GlobalData Retail

‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ (BNPL) payment plans such as Klarna, Clearpay, and PayPal Credit have grown increasingly attractive over the past few years, with over one-fifth (21.0%) of UK shoppers using them to make online clothing and footwear purchases during the last 12 months, according to a new survey conducted this month.

Hong Kong is taking on an enhanced roleHong Kong transitioning to global digital supply chain hub 23 Nov 20

Michelle Russell

In the wake of the pandemic, companies have begun assessing the viability of globally distributed production, while e-commerce is altering how people buy, and what they buy. For Hong Kong, these developments are important as its role evolves into a leading sourcing and digital supply-chain services hub, according to a new report.

Women make up 60% of the workforce in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industryPost-crisis support must put women garment workers first 20 Nov 20

Leonie Barrie

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has added to warnings that women, who make up the majority of the garment sector workforce, are being disproportionately affected by fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

MonkiA milestone in textile-to-textile polyester recycling at scale 17 Nov 20

Leonie Barrie

Swedish fast-fashion brand Monki has launched the first capsule clothing collection made using a breakthrough textile-to-textile recycling process. Jenny Fagerlyn, Monki’s global sustainability director, and Erik Bang, innovation lead at H&M Foundation, tell just-style why the technology – which is being scaled up before being made widely available to the apparel industry and its supply chain – is a huge step towards a closed loop for clothing.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed on Sunday (15 November) Why the new RCEP trade deal matters to apparel 17 Nov 20

Dr Sheng Lu

Fifteen countries including China, Japan, South Korea and Australia have formed the world's largest trading bloc – a move which industry experts say matters significantly for textile and apparel.

"Votes remaining to be counted or even contested ballots will not affect the US election outcome"From Field to Shelf – Will a troubled presidential transition add to apparel industry woes? 16 Nov 20

Robert P Antoshak

The US apparel industry faces many problems these days – not least of which are a potentially turbulent transition to the Biden Administration and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. By industry consultant Robert Antoshak, and Fashion+Sustainability advisor Thomasine Dolan Dow.

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