Top stories on just-style this week include a look at how apparel retailers are continuing to squeeze their suppliers on prices and payment schedules, while European clothing and textile companies are facing tighter restrictions on their use of potentially harmful chemicals. Elsewhere, brands could be sitting on their next supply chain with 82% of textile waste actually resalable, and Mostafiz Uddin, owner and managing director of Denim Expert, explains the importance of trust in the fashion industry.

Sourcing squeeze continues for global garment suppliers
Fashion brands and retailers are continuing to undermine their garment suppliers by driving down prices and imposing onerous payment schedules on new orders, new research suggests.

New EU chemical rules and Brexit a double blow for textiles
Clothing and textile manufacturers and their suppliers working in the European Union (EU) may face increasing controls over their use of potentially toxic chemicals under a new policy paper released by the European Commission. 

Brands are already sitting on their next supply chain
A four-year study has found 82% of what is considered apparel and textile waste can actually be renewed and resold, effectively meaning brands are sitting on their next supply chain.

Digitalisation moving from competitive advantage to necessity
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unparalleled impact on the apparel industry, causing drastic changes in the way it manages supply chains. Consequently, digitalisation and technology have moved from being a competitive advantage to a practical necessity as businesses adapt to new ways of working.

Covid highlights importance of supply chain relationships
Trust is everything, especially in the fashion industry, and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how important relationships are between a brand and a supplier, the owner of clothing manufacturer Denim Expert has said.