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How to manage the hem and haw of inventory 19 Oct 2018

As consumer buying habits and demands become ever more complex, inventory management is key to ensuring companies can quickly respond to any fluctuations in customer demand and maintain the flow of product availability.

Four first steps to nearshoring apparel supply chains 16 Oct 2018

Apparel brands and retailers in Europe and the United States must take the lead on nearshoring, automation and sustainability, and establish a demand-focused apparel value chain if they are to meet customers' needs in the future, a new study suggests.

New NAFTA 2.0 – The devil is in the detail 12 Oct 2018

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.

Counteracting rising costs with digital colour measurement 9 Oct 2018

The price of dyes and chemicals is rising – bringing with it worry and uncertainty for the textile industry. One solution is to move to digital colour measurement technology – which can help counteract the cost.

How Gap Inc is using scale to speed up its supply chain 9 Oct 2018

Specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has set out some of the ways its brands are able to significantly cut down on lead times – with some as quick as eight weeks.

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Steps to elevate women to top supply chain roles 19 Oct 2018

An industry-wide organisation for senior-level women in the supply chain field has a released a 16-point agenda to help women progress to top levels of leadership in the profession.

US fibre producers file trade petition against China, India 19 Oct 2018

Two major US synthetic yarn producers have filed petitions alleging dumped and subsidised imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India are causing material injury to the domestic industry.

Perry Ellis to go private in Feldenkreis deal 19 Oct 2018

Perry Ellis shareholders have voted in favour of an acquisition of the group led by company founder and former CEO George Feldenkreis, which will see the business taken private in a US$437m transaction.

US Q2 in brief – VF Corp, Sears, Cherokee Global Brands 19 Oct 2018

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, VF Corp raised its full-year guidance on strong sales and earnings, while L Brands reported a 28.7% drop in earnings, and Urban Outfitters achieved record second-quarter sales and a jump in profit.

Lingerie firm ThirdLove makes Forbes’ next $1bn startup list 19 Oct 2018

A US online lingerie start-up known for its revolutionary approach to designing perfectly fitted bras for women of all shapes has been named to Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups list for 2018.

Caleres expands with U$360m Vionic Group acquisition 19 Oct 2018

Global footwear retailer Caleres has acquired Vionic Group, a maker of supportive footwear and orthotic shoe inserts, for U$360m.

Wrangler to fund sustainable cotton programme for farmers 19 Oct 2018

US jeans brand Wrangler has committed to a demonstration farm training programme to support cotton farmers dedicated to advancing sustainable agriculture practices.

US Q3 in brief – Levi Strauss & Co, Skechers 19 Oct 2018

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, denim major Levi Strauss & Co has booked its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.

US$30m funding to scale up "natural silk" coating 18 Oct 2018

A Massachusetts, US-based natural chemistry company has closed a $30m investment round that will be used to scale up production of its Liquid Silk product, which replaces synthetic finishing chemicals.

Coats opens first of three global innovation hubs 18 Oct 2018

Coats has opened the first of three innovations hubs planned by the industrial thread manufacturer for collaboration with customers, brands, suppliers, universities and start-ups.

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Concern mounts over Trump's trade policies 16 Apr 2018

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers.

Kingpins Goes to DC – Watch now 12 Sep 2017

The challenges and opportunities facing today’s textile and apparel industry is also explored in the second in a series of expert panel discussions that is now available to watch on demand

Agile logistics key to new hybrid retail world 3 Aug 2017

US retail giant Walmart has topped a list of the fastest growing retailers thanks to its investment in ensuring it has the right balance between its online and brick and mortar operations.