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Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how TAL Apparel has re-engineered the face mask, and how Hong Kong is evolving into a leading sourcing and digital supply-chain services hub. A project aimed at improving communication between workers and managers in Gap Inc garment supplier factories has also boosted production efficiency, and adidas has fallen off the Dow Jones Sustainability Index after a 20-year run.

TAL Apparel raises the bar on face masks
Having built its reputation as an ‘Innofacturer’ of added value clothing, it was a logical next step for Hong Kong-based garment giant TAL Apparel to apply this same approach to reinventing the face mask – as CEO Roger Lee explains.

Hong Kong transitioning to global digital supply chain hub
In the wake of the pandemic, companies have begun assessing the viability of globally distributed production, while e-commerce is altering how people buy, and what they buy. For Hong Kong, these developments are important as its role evolves into a leading sourcing and digital supply-chain services hub, according to a new report.

Retailers without ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ will pay the price
‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ (BNPL) payment plans such as Klarna, Clearpay, and PayPal Credit have grown increasingly attractive over the past few years, with over one-fifth (21.0%) of UK shoppers using them to make online clothing and footwear purchases during the last 12 months, according to a new survey conducted this month.

Workplace cooperation enhances Gap supply chain
A multi-year project to promote greater communication between workers and managers in Gap Inc garment supplier factories has had the added bonus of boosting production efficiency.

Adidas falls off sustainability index after 20-year run
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index saw a record number of corporate participants this year, up 18.9% from 2019, but industry heavyweights including Adidas and NIKE were missed off the mentions list.

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