Top stories this week on just-style include plans by Mexico and Canada to remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) even if the US leaves, thoughts from the MAGIC trade show on how the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing, a look at Lululemon's ongoing supply chain endeavours, and a new university licensing agreement with Nike that allows access to its supplier factories.

How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing
As usual MAGIC, one of the largest fashion trade shows in the United States, held 13-16 August in Las Vegas, was crowded and hot. The event attracted over 81,000 attendees, including vendors, buyers, service providers and educational institutions coming from over 40 countries and regions. Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, presents his thoughts from the event regarding the industry outlook and the changing landscape of apparel sourcing.

Mexico, Canada will commit to NAFTA even if US quits
Mexico has said it and Canada will remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) even if the US does follow through with its threat to exit it.

Lululemon switches supply chain focus to speed
As yogawear retailer Lululemon Athletica continues towards its vision of reaching revenues of US$4bn-plus by 2020, the Canadian company is confident its ongoing supply chain endeavours have already helped expand margins and cut costs – with further scope to dramatically improve speed and flexibility in how the brand brings product to market.

Vietnam garment sector prepares for shift to value added
The Vietnamese government has said it wants to shift the country's clothing manufacturing sector from its current low-cost model to an added value sector that includes design and branding.

Nike open to factory inspections through licensing deal
Georgetown University has struck a retail licensing agreement with sporting giant Nike that will allow access to its supplier factories to investigate working conditions.