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The CSR risk in Chinese overseas clothing factories 13 Dec 2017

Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China’s textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncovered a number of shortfalls in Chinese-invested factories in Bangladesh and Myanmar.


Innovation is the key to successful sustainability 29 Nov 2017

Innovations in boosting sustainability in the textile and clothing sector and beyond were highlighted at this year's annual Integral Conversation conference, hosted again by Hong Kong shirt specialist Esquel Group in Guilin in southern China.


Esquel CEO emphasises efficiency and sustainability 28 Nov 2017

A leading and long-term supplier to global names such as Marks & Spencer, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Hugo Boss, Hong Kong-based shirt manufacturer Esquel Group is testing a new territory as it broadens its sustainable horizons, as vice chairman and CEO John Cheh explains.


A trade war between the US and China could begin with cotton 13 Oct 2017

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway this week as part of the Trump administration’s probe into China’s intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers.


Still no apparel sourcing alternatives to China 19 Sep 2017

While China might have passed its zenith as the dominant player in apparel sourcing, the country's indispensable role is expected to remain for some time to come, according to a new survey of supply chain executives.

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China training initiative recruiting more factories 22 Feb 2018

A project launched last year to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of factories in China's Guangdong Province is recruiting more participants.


JD.com logistics financing to enhance smart supply chain 21 Feb 2018

JD.com has entered into definitive financing agreements for its logistics subsidiary in a move that will allow the Chinese e-commerce company to enhance its smart supply chain network.


New due diligence plan for China apparel supply chains 13 Feb 2018

A new initiative has been agreed to boost responsible business conduct and due diligence in textile and apparel supply chains in China.


Shandong continues acquisition spree with Bally buy 12 Feb 2018

Chinese textile major Shandong Ruyi has acquired a majority stake in Swiss luxury brand Bally for an undisclosed sum – its second major investment in the last three months.


China drives decline in US apparel import prices in 2017 9 Feb 2018

The average unit price of China's apparel exports into the United States has dropped steadily over the last seven years – with a decline of 4.8% in the last year alone, new data shows.


JD.com and Fung Retailing partner on AI drive 5 Feb 2018

Chinese e-commerce company JD.com has inked a partnership with Fung Retailing Ltd to develop AI-driven retail solutions as part of a bid to establish a new retail format for China and Asia.


China apparel earnings rise as factory growth slows 1 Feb 2018

China's apparel industry earned nearly 3% more in 2017 than it did the year before, new figures show, with textiles also seeing growth despite the country's efforts to control factory pollution.


Lily Brand picks PLM for digital transformation 30 Jan 2018

Chinese womenswear retailer Lily Brand has invested in a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to manage and access data from every stage of the product lifecycle in a single location.


Alvanon opens fashion innovation hub in China 30 Jan 2018

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has developed a new industry hub in China in a bid to commercialise new technologies and sustainable innovations aimed at transforming the global fashion industry.


China questions credibility of USTR counterfeit list 19 Jan 2018

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has questioned the credibility of America’s ‘Notorious Markets List’ after its Taobao marketplace was featured for a second consecutive year - a move that has now turned into a diplomatic row following the involvement of the Chinese government.

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Toxic-free fashion leaders 19 Mar 2015

Esprit and Benetton have been quick off the mark to celebrate their ratings as “Detox leaders” in this year’s “Detox Catwalk” rankings. The online platform is designed to assess fashion brands’ records on removing toxic chemicals from the supply chain, and has just been published for the second time.


China's competitiveness success 8 Aug 2014

If evidence were needed as to how China's competitiveness is holding up, look no further than the latest US apparel import data.