Top stories this week on just-style include a look at why the uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector should spur brands to rethink their supply chains, how a merger between Sainsbury's and rival supermarket Asda could challenge the UK's value clothing retailers, and a dozen material innovations that have the potential to drive the apparel industry closer to its circular economy goals.

Brands should rethink supply chains in a time of volatility
The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – loomed large over the annual Sourcing Conference organised by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in Washington DC last week.

Sainsbury's-Asda merger threatens value clothing rivals
News of Sainsbury's return to growth in its last fiscal year was dwarfed by confirmation this morning (30 April) of the retailer's merger intentions with rival supermarket Asda, in a move that could challenge the UK's value clothing retailers.

12 material innovations for a sustainable future
Biodegradable banana silk, a solvent-assisted dyeing method for cotton fibre, and a biodegradable coating made from squid ring teeth protein that prevents microfibre shedding are among a dozen material innovations that have the potential to drive the apparel industry closer to its circular economy goals, according to a new report.

US keen to finalise NAFTA this month
Renegotiations to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are set to resume next week, with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer keen to finalise an agreement by the end of the month.

Crystal International app boosts worker engagement
Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International has boosted communication with more than 5,000 workers at its Yida denim jeans factory in China thanks to the launch of a new smartphone app.?