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Hong Kong's transition to digital supply chain hub

In the wake of the pandemic, companies have begun assessing the viability of globally distributed production, while e-commerce is altering h...

Post-crisis support must put women workers first

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has added to warnings that women, who make up the majority of the garment sector workforce, are...

Why the new RCEP trade deal matters to apparel

Fifteen countries including China, Japan, South Korea and Australia have formed the world's largest trading bloc – a move which industry exp...

Sri Lanka clothing recovery hit by new Covid wave

Sri Lanka’s plans to kickstart the post Covid-19 recovery of its critically important clothing sector have been sidelined by a deadly second...

Latest Interviews

Why Sateri sees Covid-19 as an industry wake-up call – Interview 21 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has kept its foot firmly on the gas in recent months, with milestones that include starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic. President Allen Zhang shares how Covid-19 has affected the business and explains why the crisis has underlined the importance of a resilient and agile supply chain. 

Has the apparel sourcing bubble burst? 21 Jul 2020

Leonie Barrie

For Ranjan Mahtani, chairman and CEO at Epic Group, one of the world's largest clothing manufacturers, the global Covid-19 pandemic is the final straw. He believes the time has finally come for brands, retailers and their suppliers to take stock, re-evaluate current practices – and redefine their roles for the future.

Latest News

UK investigates slave labour in China-sourced PPE 24 Nov 2020

Michelle Russell

The UK government has said it is launching an investigation into claims it sourced PPE from a factory in China using North Korean slave labour.

Usha Yarns to verify 100% recycled cotton yarn 24 Nov 2020

Michelle Russell

Usha Yarns, one of India's largest producers of recycled knitting yarns, has entered into a strategic partnership with Dutch fibre solutions firm The Movement to verify a fully traceable recycled cotton yarn.

Workplace cooperation enhances Gap supply chain 23 Nov 2020

Leonie Barrie

A multi-year project to promote greater communication between workers and managers in Gap Inc garment supplier factories has had the added bonus of boosting production efficiency.

Fast Retailing's J Brand shifts to direct-to-consumer model 20 Nov 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Fast Retailing has confirmed that its J Brand premium denim line is to "strategically change direction" by moving to a direct-to-consumer model.

Brands caught in crossfire as India factory workers allege abuse 19 Nov 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Four major brands have found themselves caught in the crossfire after allegations of worker abuse surfaced at garment supplier factories in India.

China's next five-year plan emphasises domestic supply 19 Nov 2020

Leonie Barrie

The Chinese government is set to ramp up its focus on domestic consumption and production in the country’s next five-year plan, which is due to be released in March.

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