Top stories on just-style this week include a look at the potential impact of the China tariff war on US textile and apparel manufacturing, how shifting sourcing away from China to alternative production hubs in South East Asia may expose firms to a new range of risks, and a new report claims larger brands are struggling to scale up their environmental and social initiatives.
China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel
With the US-China tariff war seemingly on the brink of either an end or an escalation, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, evaluates its potential impact on US textile and apparel manufacturing and related trade activities.
Apparel sourcing amid Trump trade tweet uncertainty
How do companies prepare when trade policy can apparently change with one presidential tweet? Diversify sourcing to mitigate such risks and related costs – and maybe turn uncertainty into an opportunity to make supply chains stronger, US industry experts say.
Worker turnover and unrest undermines Ethiopia sourcing
High worker turnover in Ethiopian garment factories means brands often end up paying more to source from the country than other low cost locations, according to a new report – which is calling on global brands and retailers to take steps to align their business practices with realities.
China sourcing shift risks sustainable procurement
While shifting sourcing away from China to alternative production hubs in South East Asia may be key to offsetting the uncertainty of the ongoing trade war with the US, such a move may simply expose firms to a new range of risks.
Brands struggling to scale up sustainable initiatives
Larger brands are struggling to scale up their environmental and social initiatives – which, in turn, is slowing down sustainability progress in the industry, according to a new report.