Top stories this week on just-style include the signing of America's first contract to supply US-grown textile grade hemp for use in apparel production, the news Amazon may be working with some of the world's biggest athletic apparel suppliers ahead of a move into sportswear, Levi Strauss named as having the greenest supply chain in China, and Target turning to technology to speed up factory inspections in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

First US hemp fibre contract signed for clothing
America's first contract to supply US-grown textile grade hemp for use in apparel production has been agreed with a Los Angeles-based clothing company, marking a milestone in the use of the previously outlawed fibre.

Amazon private label push to shake up sportswear?
Reports that Amazon is teaming up with some of the world's biggest athletic apparel suppliers ahead of a move into sportswear have sent stocks tumbling and raised concerns over new supply and pricing pressures in the sector.

Levi Strauss has greenest textile supply chain in China
Jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co) has been named as the apparel company with the greenest supply chain in China according to an evaluation of 248 global brands.

H&M, Bestseller hit out at waste clothing incineration claims
Apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has hit back at press reports it sends "tonnes" of unused clothing to incinerators rather than recycling it, insisting this is a "rare" practice, only done in the event products do not meet the required safety regulations.

Target turns to technology to speed factory inspections
As part of ongoing efforts to increase transparency across its global supply chain, US department store retailer Target Corp is rolling out a new technology platform to boost the speed and quality of product inspections at 50 of its apparel vendors in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.