Top stories on just-style in May included the launch of a new dashboard to track global garment sector wages, the Trump administration moving forward on threats to impose a 25% tariff on nearly all Chinese exports to the United States, Walmart pledging to tackle social risk in its apparel supply chain in Bangladesh, and Fast Retailing naming all 242 of its garment supplier factories.

Worker turnover and unrest undermines Ethiopia sourcing
High worker turnover in Ethiopian garment factories means brands often end up paying more to source from the country than other low cost locations, according to a new report – which is calling on global brands and retailers to take steps to align their business practices with realities.

How to support a virtuous sourcing circle in Ethiopia
From Bangladesh to Ethiopia, garment manufacturing is a potential path to economic development. But this will only happen if Western brands and retailers adopt specific sourcing practices, according to Dorothée Baumann-Pauly and Auret van Heerden from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.

US apparel imports from China face extra 25% tariff
In a move that US apparel and footwear retailers and importers have been dreading, the Trump administration is moving forward on threats to impose a 25% tariff on nearly all Chinese exports to the United States.

Timeline – Trump's track record on trade – Update
Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers. To keep abreast of developments, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has compiled a timeline of all the key milestones so far.

China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel
With the US-China tariff war seemingly on the brink of either an end or an escalation, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, evaluates its potential impact on US textile and apparel manufacturing and related trade activities.

Bonmarché pushes on as sceptical bidder "takes step back"
Bonmarché is pressing on with plans to improve the performance of the business and has urged investors not to take any action on a takeover bid that remains on the table for the UK value women's wear retailer.

Higher margin opportunities found in circular fashion models
A new report exploring the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry has found they could drive a higher margin per garment compared to the current linear 'take-make-waste' process. 

A deep dive into the global market for sustainable apparel
Consumers' growing awareness of the environmental impact of the fashion industry has created a fast-growing market for "sustainable apparel" around the world. But while it is easy to find brands that claim to be eco-friendly or are produced in a sustainable way, what characterises the sector in terms of the top sellers, products and pricing strategies? Natalie Kaucic and Dr Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware take a look.

Cambodia workers urge EU not to pull trade benefit
Nearly 250,000 garment and footwear manufacturing workers could be left jobless, and the livelihoods of 3m and their families affected, if the EU proceeds with threats to pull Cambodia's access to the Everything But Arms duty-free trade benefit, according to a global campaign launched on behalf of Cambodian workers.

US apparel imports fall in March on lower Chinese shipments
With the US retail industry in its annual lull between major shopping seasons, getting back up to speed following factory shutdowns for the Lunar New Year, and mulling the wider consequences of the US trade war with China, apparel imports plunged during March – fuelled by a double-digit decline in shipment volumes from the country's largest supplier, China. 

Tariffs and input costs threaten US apparel outlook
Broad-based growth is expected to continue for the US apparel and footwear retail sector in 2019 – but the potential for additional tariffs on imports from China poses a significant threat to company profitability, according to new research.

Arcadia Group CVA to close 23 stores – but is it enough?
Retailer Arcadia Group, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton and Dorothy Perkins chains, has today (23 May) announced plans for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will see the company shutter 23 of its stores in the UK and Ireland. 

Texprocess 2019 – Four top innovations unveiled
3D design and virtual prototyping tools, including a new virtual decision-making aid for the entire textile value chain, were among the most exciting developments at this week's Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

Walmart tackles social risk in Bangladesh apparel supply chain
US supermarket giant Walmart has identified its apparel supply chain in Bangladesh as one of the key areas where it is likely to have the greatest impact in addressing major potential risks to the dignity of workers.

New dashboard to track global garment sector wages
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has partnered on a new initiative to collect and analyse wage data around the world in a bid to drive fair compensation for workers in the garment sector.

Fast Retailing discloses all garment supplier factories
Japan's Fast Retailing has moved to increase its transparency efforts, disclosing all the garment factories supplying its Theory, PLST and other brand factories as well as Uniqlo and GU.

Adidas ups air freight and capacity to tackle supply issues
German sporting goods giant Adidas is increasing its use of air freight and looking for additional capacity from suppliers to try to mitigate the impact of supply chain shortages that weighed on its business in the first quarter.

Unlocking the true value of 3D apparel product development
Shifting from 2D to 3D apparel product development requires new skills and ways of thinking and working – and a webinar taking place next month aims to help brands, retailers and suppliers overcome some of the challenges they face when making the move.

Kontoor Brands begins trading following VF spinoff
Kontoor Brands has completed its separation from VF Corporation and is now a global, independent, publicly traded company that will trading today (23 May) on the New York Stock Exchange.

Buyers again urge action on Cambodia human rights
Global brands including Nike, Gap Inc, Levi Strauss and Under Armour are again urging the Cambodian government to address criticism of its human rights record or risk losing international trade ben