Top stories on just-style this week include an exclusive report on apparel industry challenges and opportunities in 2021, and a look at four major changes manufacturers must make to ensure they survive and thrive after Covid-19. Elsewhere, VF Corp is rejigging its Asian sourcing operations, concerns continue to mount over potential Vietnam tariffs, and Marks & Spencer buys the Jaeger fashion brand out of administration.

Outlook 2021 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities
2021 should be a year of winners and losers. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic means there will be continued volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, with fewer retail brands, stores and malls. The winners will be those companies that communicate purpose, deliver new value, and adapt to this new normal, according to executives consulted by just-style.

Survive and thrive in the new normal – 4 changes for apparel manufacturers
Apparel manufacturers must set their goals higher than just surviving the current coronavirus crisis. They must fully embrace and exploit the opportunities the situation presents and use this to establish the foundations for growth in years to come, says Vivek Ramachandran, CEO at Serai.

VF Corp rejigs Asia sourcing operations to boost speed
VF Corporation, owner of brands including The North Face, Timberland and Vans, is shifting its Product Supply Hub – which serves as the base of its global supply chain in Asia – from Hong Kong to Singapore, amid plans to boost speed and capabilities.

US apparel CEOs warn against more Vietnam tariffs
Concerns continue to mount over the prospect of additional punitive tariffs being applied to US imports of apparel and footwear from Vietnam – with companies including Nike, Adidas America, Gap Inc, Levi Strauss and Under Armour the latest to oppose any such move.

Marks & Spencer to buy Jaeger fashion brand
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed it has bought the Jaeger fashion brand out of administration for an undisclosed sum, with the transaction due to complete later this month.