Top stories this week on just-style include a look at whether or not NAFTA has been good or bad for the US textile and apparel industries, Clarks' CEO speaks with just-style about the firm's new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK, new data shows supply chains have been struggling with ethical performance this year, and we share some top tips for choosing supplier factories.

How has NAFTA worked out for textiles and apparel?
The process of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is getting underway, and looming large over the proceedings is the question of whether or not NAFTA been good or bad for US industries? In the case of textiles and apparel, the answer is muddled, explains Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

Clarks strengthens senior team with global appointments
UK footwear group Clarks is strengthening its senior management team with the appointment of two new leaders for its Asia Pacific and Europe operations.

Clarks manufacturing model steps into a faster future – Interview
With a history in shoemaking that goes back almost 200 years, footwear giant Clarks is about to take a step into the future with a new model to bring innovative shoe manufacturing back to the UK. CEO Mike Shearwood and sourcing director Antony Perillo spoke to just-style about the company's multi-million pound investment to slash lead times and bring more agility to its sourcing portfolio.

Supply chains struggling on quality, safety and ethics
Ethical performance in the textile and apparel industry has been slipping since the start of 2017, while the textiles sector remains the worst for inspection failure rates, according to a new analysis of supplier audit statistics.

Top tips for choosing and evaluating your suppliers
Finding the right supplier and creating a long-term relationship is something everyone in the fashion industry aspires to. It is the formula for creating a successful business – but it's also remarkably elusive. Here Liz Leffman offers some tips for anyone in the industry who wants to find a new factory, but isn't sure what to look for.