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New level of agility needed to tackle sourcing challenges

Traditional sourcing, trade and commerce networks that have been relatively stable for years are now in a state of flux – and companies need...

Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises

While wages in developing Asia’s garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall – particu...

New ratings platform aims to encourage better buying

A new ratings platform is now open and collecting feedback from garment suppliers on the purchasing practices of their customers, with a vie...

Bangladesh Accord admits major safety concerns remain

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the facto...

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New network targets children's rights reporting 24 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is teaming up with the United Nations United Nations children's agency UNICEF to set up a network with leading fashion and footwear brands and retailers to improve children's rights.

Decathlon boosts speed-to-market with block train 24 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon has successfully completed a pilot to alter the way it transports its product from Asia to Europe, resulting in greater speed to market and a lowering of its carbon emissions.

H&M faces new allegations of incinerating new clothing 24 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Swedish clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has again been accused of incinerating unused clothes, rather than recycling them – this time in Sweden and amounting to twice as much as previously disclosed.

Compensation scheme sought on Tazreen fire anniversary 24 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

An international alliance has renewed its call for brands to provide compensation to the victims and families of those killed in the Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

Vietnam to limit hazardous chemicals in apparel 24 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has implemented a new regulation on the use of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile and apparel products sold in the country.

Top stories this week on just-style... 24 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Top stories this week on just-style include reports from the recent US Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference looking at the current state of play in US trade policy? and sustainable sourcing, why African countries are hoping to divert manufacturing from Asia, and the opening of the first of 150 mini clothing factories in Sri Lanka.

China cuts tariffs on cashmere clothes to lower costs 24 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

China has said it will cut import tariffs on a range of consumer products, including cashmere garments, in a bid to lower costs and help stimulate domestic consumer spending.

Shandong Ruyi takes majority stake in Bagir 23 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Chinese textile major Shandong Ruyi has bought a majority stake in Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, marking the third acquisition for the company in the last two months. Bagir doubled in value on the news as its share price jumped 118% to 3 pence.

Mexico increases minimum wage by 10.4% 23 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Mexico has increased its daily minimum wage in a move that will likely please US and Canadian negotiators of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) who saw the country's low salary as unfair competition.

Lack of NAFTA progress continues to cause concern 23 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

Little progress seems to have been in the fifth round of renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that concluded this week, with concerns expressed regarding the "lack of headway" made by those involved.

Mothercare shares tumble more than 16% amid H1 loss 23 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

Mothercare has revealed plans to stop selling clothing for older children in its domestic markets next year as the group moved to a loss in the first-half as its turnaround efforts and failure to take-off in the Middle East took its toll in the period.

New Qatar Airways service could lift Myanmar RMG exports 23 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Qatar Airways Cargo has begun a direct freighter service to Yangon, Myanmar, in a move that could boost the country's ready-made-garment exports, particularly to Europe and the US.

Initiative to extract value from production waste 23 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Not-for-profit Made-By has launched what it says is a first-of-its-kind initiative for the European clothing sector that will trial and test practical innovations to reduce or re-use production leftovers.

PTC AR lab could boost value chain management 23 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

Software firm PTC says its new test centre, which has been developed to advance the adoption and exploration of new applications for augmented reality (AR), could help advance value chain management. 

Job cuts on the cards at Payless ShoeSource? 23 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

Job cuts could be on the cards at US footwear giant Payless ShoeSource as the retailer, which emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in August, has announced a series of initiatives it says will increase efficiencies – including plans to "streamline" its corporate headquarters.

Supply chain technology will make or break store retailers 23 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Increasing competition from online retailers – particularly during events like tomorrow's Black Friday – means that brick-and-mortar firms need to adapt their supply chains to replicate the agility of these online-only stores.

Woolino children's pyjamas recalled on fire hazard 23 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

Woolino has recalled its 100% merino wool children's pyjamas due to a failure to meet federal flammability standards.

New level of agility needed to tackle sourcing challenges 22 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Traditional sourcing, trade and commerce networks that have been relatively stable for years are now in a state of flux – and companies need to re-engineer their processes and supporting systems if they are to achieve the new levels of agility required to respond to these new market forces.

Sae-A Trading leads another medical mission in Haiti 22 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, has led another medical mission to Northern Haiti, providing free medical care to local residents in the communities surrounding its factories.

UK retailers welcome Budget rates respite 22 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

UK retailers have welcomed a rate respite implemented in the Chancellor's Budget today (22 November) that will see the move from RPI to CPI indexation brought forward by two years.

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