The most-read stories on just-style this week include progress in developing robotic systems to automate apparel manufacturing, Crystal Group opening a sustainable jeans factory in Cambodia, and  navigating potential risks in Vietnam as a footwear sourcing destination.

Can robotics redefine the future of apparel manufacturing?
As Wal-Mart ramps up its efforts to reshore more US clothing production, the recipient of a $2m grant from the retailer’s Innovation Fund talks about progress in developing systems to automate apparel-making.

Crystal expands sustainability with Cambodia jeans plant
Hong Kong-based garment manufacturing giant Crystal Group is hoping to replicate the success of its “Chinese role model sustainable denim jeans factory” with its new facility in Cambodia.

Mitigating footwear sourcing risks in Vietnam
As the second largest footwear supplier to the US, Vietnam is already an important part of the production portfolio for many US footwear companies. And with growth being fuelled by the potential offered by the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), companies eyeing the country as a sourcing destination should also be navigating potential risks.

Satisfying stakeholders key to successful sourcing
The key to successful sourcing for any company is in knowing its organisation and brand, and satisfying the needs of each of key stakeholders, according to a new market research report from just-style.

Adidas files trademark suit against Skechers
German sportswear giant Adidas Group has filed a trademark lawsuit against US footwear business Skechers over alleged copyright infringement of its Stan Smith trainers.