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New IP-Realtime tool helps boost manufacturing productivity 18 Sep 2020

Leonie Barrie

Production systems developer IPE is launching a new plant floor visibility and control solution to help boost productivity and efficiency for sewn products and other textile-related manufacturers.

Cone Denim offers forensic verification of cotton origin 18 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Cone Denim has partnered with supply chain traceability specialist Oritain in a move it claims makes it the first denim mill globally to provide forensic verification of cotton traceability.

UK retail sales continue to rise but clothing falls behind 18 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

UK retailers enjoyed a fourth consecutive month of sales growth in August, but clothing sales are still down on their pre-pandemic levels.

Top stories this week on just-style... 18 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Top stories on just-style this week include H&M Group cutting ties with a Xinjiang yarn mill following allegations it was engaged in forced labour, while five new US detention orders have been issued on cotton and apparel from the region. Turkey's clothing manufacturing sector has reached an agreement with brand buyers regarding late payments, and Next Plc is to acquire a majority stake in the UK business of Victoria's Secret.

Jack Wolfskin rolls out Germany's ‘Green button’ eco-label 17 Sep 2020

Leonie Barrie

Outdoor gear and clothing retailer Jack Wolfskin is rolling out products bearing the 'Grüner Knopf' (Green Button) textile seal – the German government’s eco-label for sustainable clothing and textiles.

Debenhams owner puts Magasin du Nord up for sale? 17 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Celine, the hedge fund owner of Debenhams, has reportedly put its Danish business Magasin du Nord up for sale.

Next optimistic despite H1 profit plunge 17 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

UK retailer Next has booked a 97% drop in pre-tax profits for the first half of the year but has remained optimistic, raising its full-year guidance for the second time in two months. 

Report kick-starts standard for setting net-zero targets 17 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

A new process has been launched to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, in a bid to ensure that company commitments to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century will actually meet these goals.

Brandix backs plans for renewable energy in Sri Lanka 17 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturing giant Brandix has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote renewable energy in the country and ensure the biomass it uses is responsibly sourced from certified suppliers.

US sets lower annual apparel import cap under AGOA 18 Sep 2020

Leonie Barrie

The US has set new – lower – annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year.

Digital-first supply chain platform makes debut 17 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Software provider CGS has launched a digital-first supply chain platform for consumer goods companies, which it says will help companies to accelerate digital transformation.

Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55% 17 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

Euratex calls for simplified GSP trade rules 17 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has called for a simplification of the rules surrounding the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) in order to boost export diversification.

PrimaLoft partners with Shanghai Challenge Textile on performance fabrics 17 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft has partnered with China fabric manufacturer Shanghai Challenge Textile Co, to expand its technology platforms into the fabric side of the business.

US retail sales continued to rally in August 17 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Sales at US clothing retailers continued their upward trajectory in August, but growth waned for a second consecutive month as federal stimulus benefits tapered off at the end of July and Covid upended back-to-school spending.

John Lewis axes bonus as losses slump to GBP635m 17 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

John Lewis & Partners has said it will not pay a staff bonus next year as it revealed a loss before tax in the first half of GBP635m (US$822m).

New Higg PM assesses environmental impacts of finished products 17 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have launched the first edition of a new tool called the Higg Product Module (Higg PM) that measures and assesses the environmental impacts of finished products with credible, science-based data. 

H&M quits Xinjiang yarn mill amid forced labour allegations 16 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Swedish clothing retailer H&M Group is cutting ties with a yarn mill in Xinjiang with which it had an "indirect relationship" after it was alleged to be engaged in forced labour.

Multichannel retailers will lead post-Covid recovery 16 Sep 2020

GlobalData Retail

Shopping habits in the US and Europe shifted dramatically because of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, driving rapid adoption and growth in 'buy online, pick up in store' services. And new research reveals that going forward, this combination of online and physical sales channels will form a highly competitive single retail market.

Platform to boost Europe sourcing launches 16 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

A new platform that aims to help strengthen the European economy by creating more local sustainable sourcing opportunities has launched.

Coats fair wage tool offers new level of transparency 16 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

The digital arm of industrial thread maker Coats has launched a fair wage tool and digital feedback loop that it says will give brands and retailers a new level of supply chain visibility and transparency.

Apparel centre of Alibaba's new 'smart manufacturing' drive 16 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

China's Alibaba Group has unveiled a pilot factory in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou as part of its smart manufacturing business initiative.

UK government urged to take action to fix fast fashion 16 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to act on building a more sustainable fashion industry after Covid exposed the "fault-lines" in the industry.

Messe Frankfurt introduces pop-up sourcing show 16 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

Messe Frankfurt North America is bridging the gap between physical and virtual events by introducing a Pop-Up Sourcing Showcase at its New York textile shows.

Inditex hails Q2 turning point as group returns to profit 16 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Inditex, the owner of the Zara and Bershka brands, says it has reached a turning point in its recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic after booking a second quarter net profit.

Kohl's to cut 15% of corporate workforce as Covid-19 bites 16 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

US department store retailer Kohl’s is to cut around 15% of its corporate workforce in response to the business impact resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Francesca’s explores strategic alternatives amid Q2 loss 16 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Francesca's Holdings Corporation is to explore strategic alternatives including a restructuring under bankruptcy protection after moving to a net loss for the second quarter. 

3D printing onto fabric opens up new way of manufacturing 16 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

3D printing firm Stratasys has partnered with two fashion designers to leverage its direct-to-textile printing technology, from design through to production, demonstrating the possibility for localised manufacturing and mass customisation.

Woolmark launches supply chain education platform 16 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

The Woolmark Company has launched a free industry-wide digital education platform in a move it hopes will not only help to educate along the global textile supply chain but to also unify its players.

New Look CVA gets the green light 15 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

New Look has announced its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) has been approved by the required majority of its unsecured creditors.






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