The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain dominated coverage on just-style in April. During the month we took a look at what fashion retail might be like when the pandemic is over, how the crisis is providing the sector with an opportunity to "reset and reshape," why the entire supply chain must work as an ecosystem to survive intact, and why apparel industry payment terms are no longer fit for purpose.

1: Korean textile firms criticise Kohl's order cancellations
Representatives from the Korean textile and apparel industry are calling on US department store retailer Kohl's to reconsider its recent decision to unilaterally cancel orders – which it says puts at risk the livelihoods of nearly 200,000 workers around the world.

2: There's no playbook for navigating a pandemic – "How we act now will show the world what we stand for"
While there are there are no playbooks to guide the apparel industry through the coronavirus crisis and beyond, Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), believes two things are clear: the entire supply chain must work as an ecosystem to survive intact, and it should use the crisis as an opportunity to reset for the future.

3: What's the future for fashion retail after coronavirus?
In just a few short weeks our industry has been turned upside down by the global spread of coronavirus. The question now is what will fashion retail be like when the pandemic is over? Here, Malcolm Newbery shares his thoughts on life after Covid-19.

4: Apparel industry payment terms no longer fit for purpose
The current global Covid-19 crisis has placed severe strain upon the apparel industry supply chain, with garment manufacturers and related ancillary industries feeling the financial effects of the global collapse in clothing retail. The crisis has also thrown into sharp focus the inadequacies of the existing system of supplier payment terms.

5: Ethiopia textile and clothing sector must get smarter
Ethiopia's clothing and textile sector needs to invest in creating a reliable quality domestic supply chain to grow and meet government targets for expanding export sales. 

6: Covid-19 an opportunity to "reset and reshape" the fashion industry
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will provide the global fashion industry with an opportunity to "reset and reshape", a new report says, with digital acceleration, discounting, consolidation and innovation all expected to feature.

7: Is the Covid crisis the catalyst for more sustainable supply chains?
The apparel and footwear industry must respond to the coronavirus crisis by doubling-down on efforts to create more stable, sustainable and humane supply chains for the future, writes Doug Cahn.

8: India buyer appeal calls for "commerce with compassion"
India's Textile Minister and the country's apparel export body have become the latest to appeal to global apparel buyers to "do commerce with compassion" and not cancel orders.

9: From Field to Shelf – The apparel industry is about to change
Pondering the future of the apparel industry, Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, notes: We can take one path which points us toward a more promising future, or we can choose a second path that simply repeats the mistakes of the past.

10: Timeline – How coronavirus is impacting the global apparel industry – FREE TO READ
Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.

11: Covid-19 – The worst-case scenarios for apparel sourcing
The fast spread of the coronavirus around the globe has created an unprecedented situation for the world economy. But how might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has analysed the worst case scenarios.

12: Primark to pay wages at factories of cancelled orders
UK value fashion retailer Primark has set up a fund to cover the wages component of orders that it cancelled in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam because of the coronavirus pandemic.

13: Europe's textile & apparel sector facing 50% drop in sales
The European textile and clothing manufacturing industry is expecting a drop of more than 50% in sales and production this year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with the majority already laying off workers and suffering financial constraints, new figures show.

14: Brands join ILO push for emergency funding for suppliers
Apparel brands and retailers – including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, Inditex, M&S and Primark – have joined employer organisations, unions and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to push for emergency funding to support garment factories and workers through the Covid-19 pandemic.

15: Asia supplier nations in joint plea to fashion buyers
Nine representatives from six major garment sourcing nations have issued a joint call to global brands and retailers to consider the potential impacts on workers and small business enterprises in their supply chains when making purchasing decisions. 

16: Sustainable development must continue – even in times of crisis
On the 50th anniversary of World Earth Day, Ken Burton, executive director of the new US Cotton Trust Protocol, explains why it is so important that sustainability activity is not left behind as companies are impacted by coronavirus.

17: How forensic science can assure cotton supply chain integrity
Faced with widespread concerns over the complex issue of forced labour in cotton supply chains, taking steps to verify product integrity is more important than ever. Forensic science is a key tool in this quest for certainty, with tests of the product proving a reliable way of confirming its origin, and flagging suspicious items for further screening and monitoring – as MeiLin Wan, Judy Murrah and John Jasper explain.

18: Bangladesh pressures factories over unpaid wages
The Bangladesh government has warned it will take action against garment factories that do not pay their staff during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

19: Online tracker lists apparel brands' response to Covid-19
A new tracker aims to name and shame apparel and footwear brands and retailers who have made no commitment to pay their suppliers for orders that are in production or already completed during the coronavirus pandemic – as well as flagging those who are upholding their obligations.

20: Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update
Fast Retailing, HanesBrands, and John Lewis are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.