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October 16, 2015

Top stories this week on just-style…

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at potential winners and losers in the landmark TPP trade deal, top tips for developing the right apparel sourcing strategy, and new forecasts that predict US cotton prices will fall sharply in 2015/16. 

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at potential winners and losers in the landmark TPP trade deal, top tips for developing the right apparel sourcing strategy, and new forecasts that predict US cotton prices will fall sharply in 2015/16.  

Comment: TPP winners and losers
Now that it appears the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may actually come to pass, which apparel and textile producing countries are most likely to benefit and which will not? David Birnbaum agrees that Vietnam will be the big winner — but believes the greatest loser will almost certainly be the US textile manufacturers.

Tips for developing the right apparel sourcing strategy
When it comes to developing or adapting an apparel brand or retailer's production strategy, there are six key factors to consider, according to one industry expert. While flexibility, communication and the right partnerships each have a role to play, it's also important to combine quality, speed and compliance.

US cotton prices set for sharp decline
Cotton prices will fall “sharply” in the US in 2015/16 due to weak global demand for yarn and lower prices for polyester, according to the latest forecasts. 

Vietnam seen as biggest beneficiary of TPP trade pact
Vietnam's apparel and shoe manufacturers are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, according to two new reports.

Unions discuss strike action over Cambodia wage
Independent unions in Cambodia have expressed their dissatisfaction at the Government's new minimum wage for garment workers, and will meet today (12 October) to consider strike action.

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