Top stories this month on just-style include the inauguration of two new industrial parks in Ethiopia, five critical patterns worth watching in world textile and apparel trade, ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year, and a report on how retailers need to move away from an obsession with sourcing costs.

Ethiopia inaugurates two new industrial parks

Ethiopia will inaugurate two new industrial parks this month, representing an investment of US$315m, as part of the government's long-term vision to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub.

5 key trends in world textile and apparel trade

The changing dynamics of world textile and apparel trade are closely linked to the shifting sourcing and supply chain strategies of fashion brands and retailers. And according to Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, there are five critical patterns worth watching.

Why speed is a new currency for Li & Fung

Changing mindsets and challenging the status quo are key to building fast and smart supply chains, according to Paul Fowler, chief information officer at Hong Kong-based global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.

Ten trends set to shape apparel industry in 2018

The global fashion industry is on track for continued growth in 2018, according to a new study, with emerging markets set to overtake the west, leading to stronger polarisation between winners and losers. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year.

Chasing cheap garment prices is no longer enough

Retailers need to move away from an obsession with sourcing costs and focus instead on reinventing their operating model to unlock trapped value in their supply chains, a new report says.