Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how Bangladesh must upgrade and diversify to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic and shifts in global markets, and why there is no room for complacency on worker safety in the country. Elsewhere India’s garment manufacturing sector is facing renewed disruption amid a second wave of Covid-19, VF Corporation is to sell the occupational portion of its work segment, and Primark is continuing to support production and orders in Myanmar.

Pandemic and shifts in sourcing threaten Bangladesh’s position
Rapid growth, modernisation and improved working conditions have all helped to make Bangladesh one of the world’s largest garment exporters. Yet the industry will need to innovate, upgrade and diversify if it is to overcome the challenges brought on by the pandemic and shifts in global markets, a new report has found.

No room for complacency on Bangladesh worker safety
The Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013 was a wake-up call to Bangladesh and the entire garment industry that building and worker safety should be a priority. Eight years on and the country has one of the safest and most transparent apparel industries thanks to the remediation work that ensued. But while much has been achieved, there remains no room for complacency.

India garment makers hit hard by second Covid wave
The Indian clothing and textile manufacturing sector is facing renewed disruption as the country is hit by a brutal second wave of Covid-19.

VF Corp strikes deal to sell workwear brands
VF Corporation has struck an agreement to sell the occupational portion of its work segment as part of its efforts to transform the group into a more retail-centric enterprise while simplifying its portfolio.

Primark presses on with Myanmar orders
Primark is continuing to support production and orders in Myanmar despite ongoing violence across the country linked to the military coup in February – with the retailer saying the 45,000 people in its Myanmar supply chain are a “big responsibility.”