Top stories on just-style in November included an interview with Jeff Streader, managing director of Go Global Retail, on his vision to build brands in partnership with garment makers as strategic investors; a look at the new Runway Kit startup from Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings, and the move by Amazon to disclose the names and addresses of suppliers of its own-brand products.

1: Go Global's new M&A model puts garment makers at the heart of the deal
Go Global Retail is a brand investment platform with a difference. Led by industry veteran and sourcing expert Jeff Streader, it aims to blow up the traditional transactional supply chain with a vision to build brands in partnership with garment makers as strategic investors – as he exclusively tells just-style.

2: EU decision looms on Cambodia trade benefits withdrawal
The European Commission has given the Cambodian government a one-month deadline to respond to its findings on the alleged human rights situation in the country before it decides whether it is pulling its duty-free trade benefit.

3: MAS's Runway Kit offers low MOQs for fashion start-ups
Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings has launched a new solution called Runway Kit for fashion start-ups and medium scale swimwear/activewear brands seeking custom clothing design, prototyping and low minimum order quantities (MOQs) with a focus on sustainability.

4: Apparel supply chains under increasing scrutiny
Clothing and textile executives attending a New York conference have been told they need to take special care when assessing their supply chains to ensure they are not tainted with human rights abuses – because not only may the reputational risks be severe, but criminal liability may follow. 

5: Amazon discloses supplier list for own brand products 
E-commerce giant Amazon has disclosed the names and addresses of suppliers of its Amazon-branded products, including apparel.

6: Adidas to cease production at US & German Speedfactories
Sportswear giant Adidas has announced production at its Speedfactories in both Germany and the US will be discontinued next year amid plans to deploy Speedfactory technologies at two of its Asian suppliers by the end of 2019.

7: Sustainability in fashion supply chains – the road ahead
Sustainability in fashion is a complex issue for consumers to understand and the industry to fix. The problem is compounded by a vague marketing approach adopted by some brands, while the real solution lies in a multi-pronged approach from consumers, industry and the government, says Roit Kathiala, who looks at how best to balance consumer sentiment and supply chain realities.

8: How to cut costs in a fashion business – Who decides and where? 
No-one enjoys implementing cost cuts. They are an admission that the business has got out of control. But many of us have had to do it at some time or another, writes Malcolm Newbery, who explains some of the methods and tools used to decide – and then take – unpleasant actions.

9: US apparel sector still cautious on future trade outlook 
While cautious optimism on the future of global trade may be evident in US financial markets – notably because the United States and China are apparently nearing agreement on a new interim trade deal – representatives of the textile and apparel sectors are still expressing significant caution about future prospects.

10: China eyes stronger textile and apparel ties in Southeast Asia
China's state textile planners are strengthening ties with Mekong River countries within Southeast Asia in the textile and apparel sectors. The move contradicts assumptions that the Chinese government wants to oppose the exodus of domestic producers to this region.

11: Ten trends set to shape fashion industry in 2020
Anxiety and concern is the prevailing mood across the fashion industry for 2020, with global fashion industry growth expected to slow further as economic growth shrinks and competition intensifies. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year.

12: Vietnam misses key targets of textile-garment plan
Eleven years after Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade approved its textile and garment industry development strategy for 2010-2020, the availability of domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.

13: US apparel imports from China fall furthest in September
The volume of US apparel imports fell for a second consecutive month in September as additional tariffs on clothing imports from China kicked in and the back-to-school season came to an end. Growth in shipment volumes from Cambodia surged during the month, while China booked the largest decline – a milestone that adds to the suggestion that US buyers are continuing to explore alternative sourcing options amid the ongoing trade war with the US.

14: Discussions underway on Uzbekistan forced labour in cotton 
Worker rights group the Cotton Campaign has met with the government of Uzbekistan in Washington to discuss reforms to end forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest.

15: Has East Africa's clothing chain reached a tipping point?
Two potential windows of opportunity are simultaneously opening for the East African cotton-to-clothing supply chain: the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the expected shift of garment production from Asia to Africa.

16: How cutting-edge technologies can track organic cotton 
A pilot project that combines on-product markers and blockchain technology to trace organic cotton from farm to consumer – a first in the apparel industry – has been deemed so successful that it could be implemented on a wider scale in the organic cotton sector and shows "enormous potential" as an end-to-end traceability solution for other preferred fibres in the fashion supply chain.

17: Ralph Lauren resumes sourcing from Bangladesh
Following extensive due diligence, US apparel giant Ralph Lauren Corporation has resumed sourcing from Bangladesh, six years after it pulled out of the country in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory building collapse.

18: Thursday Boot launches single herd footwear line 
Online shoe business Thursday Boot Co, has crafted what it believes is the world's first footwear line using leather uppers sourced exclusively from a single farm.

19: H&M Group commits to digital wage payments in Bangladesh 
Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group has committed to digitalising all its supplier payment systems in Bangladesh by 2020, following its participation in a summit addressing the need for the industry to move away from cash wages.

20: MAS Holdings set to open a new factory in Kenya
Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturer MAS Holdings is set to open a new factory in Kenya in January, that will create between 3,000 and 3,500 jobs directly, according to the head of the Kenyan export processing zone that will host the facility.