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Have your say – Take part in just-style’s State of Sourcing survey 6 Nov 17

The global apparel industry and its supply chain is going through a period of unprecedented change. How do you and your colleagues see the outlook for 2018? And what strategies are you likely to be turning to in the year ahead?..


Under Armour's strategic deep dives 6 Nov 17

Amid signs of a slowdown in its North American business, US sportswear brand Under Armour has made a number of "strategic deep dives" into strategy, supply chain, product, marketing and sales as a precursor to speeding business and brand-right decisions...


Esquel Group on a sustainability mission 30 Oct 17

Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has made it its mission to weave sustainability into its core values, and across a vertical supply chain that spans every step from cotton farming to retail...


Trump trade probe could have costs for cotton 16 Oct 17

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway last week as part of the Trump administration's probe into China's intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and, as we investigate, could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers...


Stop negotiating and bring in the engineers 9 Oct 17

Surviving in a declining market is the biggest challenge for discount/mass-market retailers and suppliers of commodity products such as basic T-shirts, hoodies or cotton men's shirts – which is why it’s time to stop negotiating and bring in the engineers...


The implications of buyer purchasing practices 3 Oct 17

New research has delved into one relatively underexplored aspect of global supply chains: how buyer purchasing practices impact wages and working conditions...


just-style readership survey 2017 – Final reminder 26 Sep 17

We’re currently carrying out a survey to get a better understanding of the issues that matter the most to our readers, and how we can better serve you in the future...


Why China continues to lead apparel sourcing 25 Sep 17

On just-style last week we took an in-depth look at why China is expected to retain its leading role in apparel sourcing for some time to come...


A deep dive to unlocking digitisation's potential 18 Sep 17

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency...


Kingpins Goes to DC – Watch now 12 Sep 17

The challenges and opportunities facing today’s textile and apparel industry is also explored in the second in a series of expert panel discussions that is now available to watch on demand..

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