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UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action 18 Dec 18

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030...


Regional supply chains shape up 26 Nov 18

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers...


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts 22 Nov 18

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned...


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control 15 Nov 18

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities...


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market 6 Nov 18

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour...


Why cotton is being battered on all fronts 29 Oct 18

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing...


New businesses shaking up a broken retail model 23 Oct 18

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion...


Apparel sourcing rules under NAFTA 2.0 15 Oct 18

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here we take a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin...


Trade tremours continue to reverberate 8 Oct 18

Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached agreement on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new deal has been largely welcomed by apparel industry executives in the three countries...


Are fashion and sustainability out of step? 1 Oct 18

The global fashion industry is on a trajectory set to stretch planetary resources beyond breaking point unless it finds better ways of producing, using and disposing apparel...

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