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Esquel – From making shirts to making a difference 26 Oct 2017

Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has made it its mission to weave sustainability into its core values, and across a vertical supply chain that spans every step from cotton farming to retail. Using fewer but more skilled workers, increasing productivity, investing in robotics and automation, micro-financing cotton farmers, and even selecting the whitest cotton fibres to reduce the bleaching process are among the initiatives outlined by managing director Edgar Tung.


How Li & Fung is getting smarter, faster, more efficient 29 Aug 2017

As global sourcing specialist Li & Fung works to differentiate itself from traditional buying agencies, the Hong Kong company is confident the traction it is gaining since the start of its current three-year plan is already enabling smarter, faster and more effective decisions.


Li & Fung looks to speed, innovation and digitalisation 29 Mar 2017

Global sourcing specialist Li & Fung has blamed a tough retail environment for almost halving its full year profit, and says it is reorganising its businesses into two major divisions as it refocuses on speed, innovation and digitalisation for its next three-year plan.


PSF 2017 – Using digitalisation and data to disrupt supply chains 24 Mar 2017

The apparel industry and its supply chain needs to start thinking differently if it is to deliver on demands for speed, customisation and transparency – with the biggest impact set to come from digitalisation of products and processes and analysis of the resulting data.


PSF 2017 – Unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape 22 Mar 2017

Economic uncertainty and upheaval in global trade agreements are immaterial if the apparel and footwear industry can't respond, engineer and produce products that consumers want to buy. Investment in automation and efficiencies, as well as facing up to skills shortages, are among the unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape.

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Shandong Ruyi buys controlling stake in Trinity 10 Nov 2017

Chinese textile major Shandong Ruyi has bought a controlling stake in Hong Kong menswear group Trinity, the owner of bespoke suit maker Gieves & Hawkes.


Fung Group eyes smart supply-chain system with Explorium 2 7 Nov 2017

Hong Kong trading and supply chain management major Fung Group has signed a number of partnerships with start-ups, incubators and venture capitalists as part of a revamp of its Explorium project.


Crystal IPO nets Fast Retailing, L Brands investment 3 Nov 2017

Shares of garment manufacturer Crystal International Group made their debut in Hong Kong today (3 November) – with key customers Fast Retailing and L Brands the cornerstone investors.


Crystal Group eyes US$574m IPO to fund expansion 26 Oct 2017

The world’s largest garment maker, Hong Kong-based Crystal International Group, is hoping to raise up to HK$4.48bn (US$574m) in an initial public offering (IPO) that will be used to fund the expansion of its manufacturing operations and a move into fabric production.


Esprit sets new guidelines on sustainability progress 19 Oct 2017

Hong Kong based fashion brand Esprit has made "significant progress" in its sustainability efforts over the course of the last year, and set out new guidelines to help orientate its next steps – including a requirement for all suppliers to publish wastewater data publicly.


Fung Retailing units digitalise with PLM 18 Oct 2017

Two key business units of Fung Retailing Group have invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution as part of plans to digitalise their merchandise planning and design processes and share information seamlessly between Europe and Asia.


Peak season deadlines put a strain on ethical compliance 10 Oct 2017

Even though China remains the powerhouse for consumer product manufacturing, new data on factory inspections, audits and lab testing confirms regional hubs are emerging across the globe as brands and retailers diversify their sourcing geography and adapt to changing macroeconomic trends.


TAL Apparel speeds up migration to cloud ERP 22 Sep 2017

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant TAL Apparel Limited has finished the first phase of migrating its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to a cloud-based alternative in a bid to achieve significant cost reductions and operational efficiencies.


Esprit turnaround efforts see FY profit triple 20 Sep 2017

Esprit CEO Jose Manuel Martínez hailed a "year of good progress" as net income surged amid the group's turnaround efforts, and he set out the next steps to create a "stronger basis" for long-term growth.


Alvanon and Browzwear partner on 3D in Hong Kong and China 13 Sep 2017

Digital apparel specialists Alvanon and Browzwear are teaming up in a new strategic regional partnership to offer both fit consulting and 3D apparel design, development and merchandising solutions in Hong Kong and China.