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Call for safe Bangladesh garment factories continues 26 Apr 21

The eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed over 1,000 garment workers and injured thousands more, took place at the weekend. To coincide with the event there have been calls for consumers to campaign for safe factories for garment workers...


Forced labour issues in Xinjiang rumble on 29 Mar 21

The ongoing issue of forced labour in cotton-hub Xinjiang took a number of turns last week, including a backlash by Chinese consumers against Western fashion and footwear brands, calls for boycotts extending to more companies and domestic firms pledging their support for the raw material...


Lockdowns "killing" Bangladesh garment industry 19 Mar 21

The owner of a jeans manufacturer in Bangladesh is warning of a grave humanitarian crisis in the country if fashion stores in key export markets do not reopen for business soon. In an open letter to governments in the EU, UK and US, Mostafiz Uddin, the managing director of manufacturer Denim Expert Limited, says ongoing lockdowns in Western markets are killing Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry...


Brands urged to condemn Myanmar coup 1 Mar 21

Fashion brands and retailers sourcing in Myanmar are now being urged to take action to help end the military coup in the country – including publicly joining international condemnation of the takeover...


Acquisitive Boohoo eyeing up Arcadia brands 1 Feb 21

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has confirmed it is in talks with the administrators of Arcadia to potentially snap up the Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, and Burton brands, less than a week after inking a deal to acquire the global rights to the Debenhams brands and websites for GBP55m (US$75.2m)...


Happy New Year! 4 Jan 21

Welcome back, and a very Happy New Year to you all...


Asia's garment sector at a critical juncture 21 Dec 20

The Asian garment sector is at a critical juncture, having been left reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. While industry experts expect the region to continue to dominate global garment production in the future, they say the crisis will shape manufacturing in Asia for years to come...


Covid-19 shines a light on new supplier and brand relationships 2 Nov 20

Amid the challenges and ongoing uncertainty thrown up by the global coronavirus pandemic, some apparel and footwear brands and retailers appear to be engaging more with their suppliers in key areas like planning and forecasting, according to the 2020 Better Buying Index Report...


Walmart deal set to accelerate Asda strategy 7 Oct 20

US retail giant Walmart is to sell its UK supermarket chain Asda to the Issa brothers, founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, a global convenience and forecourts retailer, and private equity firm TDR Capital for GBP6.8bn (US$8.8bn). The deal is expected to accelerate Asda's strategy and build on the retailer's low-price heritage...


Worker rights risks rise to the fore 7 Sep 20

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar...

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