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Why technology is key to the future of smart retailing 27 Nov 2018

The digital disruption of the apparel industry from manufacturing to retail is being driven by virtual reality, 3D modelling, artificial intelligence and voice technology. So to be successful into the future, companies along the supply chain must embrace these new tools to better connect with consumers. 

Who's responsible for a sustainable garment industry? 23 Nov 2018

Creating a truly sustainable global garment industry requires input from all players, including brands and retailers, business associations, trade unions, governments, NGOs and the end consumer, was the message at this year's Fair Wear Foundation Annual Summit.

VF Corp's journey to becoming a 'purpose-led' company 23 Oct 2018

"We get so focused on making money that we sometimes overlook the value of collaboration and the spirit of making the world a better place and for the future of our fashion industry," Scott Deitz, vice president of public affairs at US apparel giant VF Corp, told delegates at the recent IAF World Fashion Convention.

How technology is helping to build supply chain trust 19 Oct 2018

New tools and technologies are helping the apparel industry to build smarter, transparent – and more trusted – supply chains. Executives from Hugo Boss and Mango were among speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention sharing their experiences.

Nimble new players building a smart future for fashion 17 Oct 2018

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week’s IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.

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Joint approach needed to tackle harassment in garment factories 8 Mar 2019

A joint approach from all actors in the apparel industry is required to tackle harassment in garment factories worldwide, according to the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).

Blockchain pilot edges closer to full organic cotton traceability 6 Mar 2019

The success of a pilot which uses blockchain to trace organic cotton from farm to gin could pave the way for a new end-to-end traceability solution not only for organic cotton but for other preferred fibres.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute names new CEO 20 Feb 2019

Non-profit sustainability organisation Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has named Peter Templeton as its new president and CEO.

Kingpins to set standards for denim supply chain 6 Feb 2019

Denim trade show Kingpins will in future require all exhibiting denim mills to meet or exceed standards in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environment and chemical usage, as part of a bid to improve excellence in the apparel industry.

Tommy Hilfiger develops 100% recycled cotton jeans 21 Jan 2019

Tommy Hilfiger is to introduce 100% recycled cotton denim styles in its spring Tommy Jeans collection, thanks to support from parent company PVH's Denim Center in Amsterdam – its first hub in Europe dedicated to setting new standards for producing denim in a faster, more consistent and more environmentally-friendly way. 

EU probes Nike tax treatment in the Netherlands 16 Jan 2019

The European Commission is launching a probe into whether US activewear firm Nike has received preferential tax treatment in the Netherlands giving it an unfair advantage over its competitors.

Factory auditing initiative prepares roll-out at scale 4 Jan 2019

An initiative that aims to tackle audit fatigue and duplication in the apparel and footwear sector is planning to scale up its operations after its plan for the next five years was approved.

Next and Tchibo latest to join ZDHC group 18 Dec 2018

Retailers Next Plc and Tchibo GmbH are among five new companies and associates to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.

Bestseller sets out "ambitious" sustainability strategy 6 Dec 2018

Danish apparel company Bestseller has launched what, by its own admission, is an "ambitious" new strategy that aims to make sustainability central to its way of doing business, including a new innovation platform under which it plans to invest in low-impact materials, new supply chain technologies and new business models.

Mud Jeans gains Nordic Swan certification 28 Nov 2018

Sustainable and Fair Trade Certified denim brand Mud Jeans says the majority of its collection is now certified to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel standard – the official Ecolabel of the Nordic countries.