Top stories this week on just-style include calls for suppliers to rate the purchasing practices of their buyers, a look at how Spanish fashion retailer Inditex is on-track to deploy RFID technology across all of its brands by 2020, and a warning by the US that apparel and footwear companies could face criminal charges if they inadvertently source goods from North Korea.

Inditex to deploy RFID technology across all brands by 2020
Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, owner of the Zara brand, is to pilot an at-home pick-up service in China for recycling garments – and is on track to deploy RFID technology across all brands by 2020.

Suppliers urged to rate buyer purchasing practices
Suppliers are being urged to rate the purchasing practices of their buyer customers by the end of this week as the second and latest round of Better Buying data collection nears an end.

Nicaragua crisis could hit Central America sourcing
A worsening political and social crisis in Nicaragua is having a spillover effect in Central America, where the spectre of rising violence in Guatemala and El Salvador is threatening to undermine apparel sourcing and investment in the region.

US warns of North Korea apparel supply chain risk
American companies importing products including apparel, textiles and footwear have been warned they could face fines or even criminal charges if they inadvertently source goods from North Korea, or if North Korean workers are found anywhere in their supply chains.

US to remove Uzbek cotton from forced labour list?
The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs is seeking comments on a proposed removal of Uzbekistan cotton from a list of products that may have been produced by forced or child labour.

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