Top stories on just-style this week include the inauguration of two more industrial parks in Ethiopia, Chinese clothing companies are investing in Egypt to try to avoid Trump’s tariffs, Bangladesh promises a review of garment worker wages amid violent clashes in the country, and Gap is to close its Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York.

Ethiopia industrial park progress continues apace
Two more industrial parks have been inaugurated in Ethiopia as the government continues its vision to transform the country into a world-leading apparel and textile hub.

Chinese clothing firms target Egypt to avoid Trump tariffs
A free trade zone system in Egypt that links businesses with Israeli suppliers is being targeted by Chinese clothing companies wanting to access the US, amid fears an accelerating Trump trade war risks exports through standard channels.

Calculating the cost benefits of supplier value added services
As brand and own-label customers continuously try to lower their costs – often pushing them back up the supply chain to the supplier – industry consultant Malcolm Newbery offers advice on how manufacturers can fight back by adding value to their offer, and how to quantify the cost and benefits of each additional service.

Bangladesh considering new pay review amid violent clashes?
Bangladesh’s newly sworn in commerce minister, Tipu Munshi, has promised that garment worker wages will be reviewed, as violent clashes with police continued for a third day yesterday.

Gap to close Fifth Avenue flagship this month
US speciality retailer Gap Inc has confirmed it is to shutter its Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York later this month following an announcement it is to close locations that are “dragging down” the business. 

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