Top stories this week on just-style include a look at why it’s critically important that brands and retailers work as a team during the coronavirus pandemic, and how Covid-19 might affect apparel sourcing and trade. We also explore industry efforts to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), and H&M agrees to pay for cancelled orders.

Apparel industry in crisis – Why we need to work as a team
At this time of crisis it’s critically important that apparel brands and retailers avoid taking any drastic action that could sink the entire supply chain, writes Rick Helfenbein.

Covid-19 – The worst-case scenarios for apparel sourcing
The fast spread of the coronavirus around the globe has created an unprecedented situation for the world economy. But how might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has analysed the worst case scenarios.

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update
Retailers H&M, Canada Goose, Nike Inc and luxury firms including Kering are among those mobilising their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

From Field to Shelf – Does coronavirus mark the end of globalisation?
Are we witnessing the end of globalisation? The simple answer is no. But there is a more nuanced response: globalisation will survive, but it will be different from what we’ve known, believes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

H&M agrees payment to suppliers for cancelled orders
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has said it will pay and take delivery of goods already manufactured by its suppliers, as well as those in production.

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