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 new 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

TUV Rhineland latest to become ZDHC certifier 16 Aug 2018

German inspection services group TUV Rhineland has become the newest Accepted Certification Testing Standard for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturing Restricted Substances List conformance.


Vaude sets out supplier management programme 14 Aug 2018

German outdoor clothing company Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme to provide support to its international producers and material suppliers in ensuring high ecological and social standards throughout its supply chain.


PrimaLoft brings space-age material to outerwear 14 Aug 2018

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft is introducing a new insulation for outerwear products that features a material more commonly used in space exploration.


Wecycled cotton recycling scheme makes a mark 13 Aug 2018

German textile mill Velener Textil GmbH has been awarded the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) in Natural Fibres Award for its Wecycled system which recycles unused cotton yarn collected from partner mills.


Tom Tailor continues to make progress in Q2 13 Aug 2018

German fashion company Tom Tailor Group has seen its performance improve considerably in the second quarter, helping the business to a "quite satisfactory" first half.


Adidas "firmly" on track for FY and 2020 targets 9 Aug 2018

German sportswear giant Adidas has confirmed its full-year guidance on the back of what CEO Kasper Rorsted called "another strong quarter" helped by a successful World Cup football tournament where the company was one of the main sponsors.


Zalando trims FY outlook despite Q2 hike 7 Aug 2018

Berlin-based fashion e-tailer Zalando has warned it expects its full-year revenue growth to be in the lower half of its 20-25% growth target, despite a rise in both sales and profit in the second quarter.


Hugo Boss hails "robust" Q2 sales growth 2 Aug 2018

Hugo Boss has hailed "robust" sales growth in the second quarter and confirmed its outlook for the full year, despite failing to prevent a fall in earnings.


Puma reaffirms guidance as Q2 earnings surge 42% 26 Jul 2018

German sportswear brand Puma has reaffirmed its full-year guidance on the back of double-digit growth across all regions and product segments in its second-quarter.


Enka completes first viscose filament yarn audit 20 Jul 2018

German firm Enka has become the first viscose filament yarn producer to undergo a CanopyStyle audit, demonstrating it has taken action to remove potential risks of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests in its supply chain.

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.