The most-read stories on just-style this week include data that reveals cotton’s share of the US clothing market has fallen, a ban by Walt Disney on Pakistan and Bangladesh production, VF Corp’s new China hub, and the high tariffs imposed by the Bangladesh government on building and safety equipment for the country’s factories.
Is the US cotton sector losing out to synthetics?Cotton’s share of the US clothing market has fallen following the sharp rise in cotton prices in 2012 – but the industry is fighting back.
US: Walt Disney bans Pakistan and Bangladesh productionUS-based Walt Disney Company (WDC) has gone ahead with its threat to phase out the sourcing of Disney-branded products from Bangladesh and Pakistan over concerns the countries no longer meet its guidelines on working conditions.
US: VF Corp eyes speed to market with China hubApparel giant VF Corp has opened a central distribution centre in China, in a bid to provide measurable increases in speed-to-market for both customers and consumers.
BANGLADESH: High equipment duties drag on safety effortsEfforts to improve safety in Bangladeshi garment factories are being hampered by high tariffs of up to 61% on imports of essential building and fire safety equipment – which apparel retailers and importers fear is discouraging critical investment into these products.
CAMBODIA: Adidas, Nike and Puma “complicit” in mass faintingsAdidas, Nike and Puma need to take some responsibility for recent mass faintings at two facilities in Cambodia producing their sportswear, a human rights group has said.