Latest Insights

Faster fashion – How to shorten the apparel calendar 29 May 2018

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitise the value chain, according to insight from McKinsey.


How to tackle the apparel industry's digital skills gap? 4 May 2018

As the apparel industry wakes up to embracing digitalisation as a way of delivering on speed, customisation and transparency, it is also seeing a gap in the digital skills set of its workforce. Some tips the industry can take include collaborating with teaching staff on job expectations, sharing new technologies, and making them accessible to students.


Sportswear firms debate digitalisation and disruption 22 Nov 2017

Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands, retailers and manufacturers are still trying to work out the best way to navigate this rapidly-changing landscape.


Adidas poised to thrive in highly competitive landscape 9 Nov 2017

Despite a number of difficult years, Adidas is back on track. The company's strong performance has been helped by the health of the global sportswear industry, the proliferation of athleisure, and a more reactive and agile manufacturing process, writes Pedro Aguilar, beauty and fashion analyst at market research provider Euromonitor International.


Digitisation – The next apparel sourcing hotspot? 14 Sep 2017

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency. A new survey takes a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential.

Latest News

Adidas recalls kids’ swimwear over safety risk 17 Oct 2018

German sportswear company Adidas has announced a voluntary recall of children's swimwear products of the Infinitex 3-Stripe range due to a potential safety risk.


Apparel production increasingly returning to Europe 16 Oct 2018

"Made in China" has been a label found sewn into many articles of clothing in the western world for many years – but that's about to change, new research suggests.


Covestro develops new TPUs with lower carbon footprint 16 Oct 2018

Polymer company Covestro has developed a series of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) containing polyether carbonate polyols based on CO2 technology that can help reduce carbon footprint.


Gerry Weber in management shake-up amid declining sales 3 Oct 2018

The group recently initiated a new performance programme to focus on digitisation and build a leaner businesses structure - a move that resulted in up to 150 job cuts. 


Zalando cuts FY forecast as heatwave takes toll 18 Sep 2018

Shares in fashion e-tailer Zalando tumbled almost 16% this morning (18 September) as the Berlin-based company lowered its full-year outlook for the second time in as many months


German giants Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt to merge 11 Sep 2018

The owners of two of Europe's leading department store retailers, Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt, have agreed to merge the two chains in a bid to compete more effectively against e-commerce players.


Researchers explore use of AI in Aussie wool industry to boost profitability 5 Sep 2018

Research into applying artificial intelligence methods in the Australian wool and sheep industry is being carried out in a bid to boost productivity and quality of the country's wool supply.


Jeanologia introduces "sustainable-ization" concept 5 Sep 2018

Spanish firm Jeanologia has launched a new concept aimed at promoting the use of technological innovation in the sustainable finishing of garments.


Adidas, C&A, Esprit set out new sustainability roadmaps 23 Aug 2018

Brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, Esprit, Hugo Boss, KiK, Lidl, Primark and Puma are among 116 members of the German based Partnership for Sustainable Textiles who have submitted roadmaps outlining concrete steps to increase sustainability in their textile supply chains.


Demand for CmiA cotton is greater than ever 23 Aug 2018

Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), which now certifies about 40% of the cotton produced by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, says demand from the textile industry jumped by 79% over the last year.

Latest blogs

World Sports Forum to focus on new markets 23 Jan 2015

Anyone heading to ISPO Munich next month for what is arguably the world’s largest multi-segment sports exhibition, should also try to take in the World Sports Forum event on 'Entering and Exploring new Markets.'


Adidas joins world's most sustainable companies 22 Jan 2015

German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has been named as the world's third most sustainable company this year, according to a ranking released by Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Esprit launches vegan hantags 30 Jul 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.