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New sourcing hubs the solution to avoid Xinjiang cotton? 15 Feb 21

As the global apparel industry continues to grapple with the challenges of severing possible links to the use of forced labour in China’s Xinjiang region, new research suggests the way forward is the development of new sourcing hubs...


Continued volatility and uncertainty set to characterise 2021 18 Jan 21

just-style’s annual look at key issues likely to impact the apparel industry and its global supply chain in the year ahead begins with a roundup of potential challenges and opportunities in 2021...


Sourcing powerhouse China sees shipments surge 14 Dec 20

Talks about the demise of China are premature. The sourcing powerhouse saw its October apparel exports increase year-on-year for the first time in 14 months...


Building an interconnected global trade network 16 Nov 20

Banking giant HSBC is focusing on the apparel industry with a new digital B2B platform that enables retailers and brands, manufacturers and suppliers to build trusted relationships, exchange data, and tap into new technologies...


Garment workers still feeling pandemic impact 19 Oct 20

An analysis of trade data on apparel imports into the US and EU appears to show that buyers cancelled orders worth at least US$16.2bn between April and June this year. The shortfall leaves massive arrears, with severe short and long-term impacts for workers and suppliers...


Mounting pressure for Xinjiang cotton ban 21 Sep 20

As pressure mounts on the global apparel industry to ban all cotton-made goods from China's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns, US lawmakers have been told such a move would "wreak unending havoc" on global supply chains...


China hammered on all fronts in US apparel trade 24 Aug 20

Mid-way through 2020 and the impact of the global coronavirus on US apparel supplier countries is starting to become clear. Among the changes, sourcing powerhouse China has seen its unit prices tumble 17%...


US apparel imports slump 58% year-on-year in May 6 Jul 20

US apparel imports in May fell by 58% against the same month last year as the global garment industry continued to crumble under the coronavirus pandemic. However, there was a resurgence in shipments from Central America and Mexico as retailers appear to have turned to those suppliers closest to home as stores started to reopen...


Financing problems gum up the supply chain 8 Jun 20

The global garment sector has been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey across multiple industries – with supply chain disruption the top challenge...


Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes 12 May 20

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US...

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