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Trends in US garment imports from Mexico and DR-CAFTA 17 Jan 2018

Negotiators are preparing to meet for the sixth round of NAFTA trade talks next week – and as soon as this deal has been repackaged, the spotlight could turn to the US free trade agreement with Central America. Here, in the first of a series of articles showing month by month changes in US garment imports, David Birnbaum takes a look at Mexico and DR-CAFTA.

NRF 2018 – Retail technology launches and developments 17 Jan 2018

Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo, which took place in New York this week, is an annual opportunity for retailers to tap into the latest technologies for improving everything from customer analysis to inventory management. Here we highlight some of the latest launches and developments.

The e-commerce revolution yet to come – Comment 10 Jan 2018

It is only a matter of time before the internet will undercut almost every traditional supplier of consumer services and products, writes David Birnbaum, adding: The only survivors will be the few brick & mortar and e-commerce companies that provide real value.

Early stockpiling sees US apparel imports fall in November 8 Jan 2018

With retailers having stocked up early in anticipation of a busy holiday season, a month-on-month decline in US apparel import volumes in November was perhaps to be expected. Year-on-year, however, imports were up – with Cambodia recording the largest increase.

American populism and the global garment industry – Comment 4 Jan 2018

Our industry is undergoing a truly generational change. Do we really want to fight pick a fight with our consumers as well? asks David Birnbaum.

Latest News

New online database streamlines material selection 17 Jan 2018

A new online materials database has been launched to provide brands and manufacturers with a more streamlined and collaborative way of selecting material samples and swatches – as well as populating PLM data for the product creation process.

US apparel group queries child labour list methods 17 Jan 2018

The US footwear and apparel industry has questioned the US Department of Labor over its methods for compiling its bi-annual list of goods produced using child or forced labour.

Ease and free delivery are key for US shoppers 17 Jan 2018

US consumers want to find what they're looking for easily when online shopping, and say delivery should be quick and free of charge, the findings of a new report show.

Birla Cellulose eyes speed to market with NY design studio 16 Jan 2018

Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, has opened an international design studio in New York that will display over 300 of the group's fabrics and help speed the sampling process.

Size prediction firm True Fit raises another $55m 16 Jan 2018

True Fit has secured investment of US$55m that will allow the US retail software company to further develop its AI data platform and advance innovation of its personalised style, fit, and analytics tools.

New customer engagement tool taps social media 16 Jan 2018

A new software tool has been launched that gives retailers the ability to personalise shopping experiences by incorporating social media conversations.

Retailer Untuckit to optimise inventory through RFID 16 Jan 2018

Fast-growing US men’s wear brand brand Untuckit is working on a pilot that will use data collected by RFID chips on men’s shirts, traffic counters and other in-store data points to identify the optimal merchandising mix.

Canada takes US to task over "unfair" trade practices 15 Jan 2018

Canada has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the US, highlighting a slew of measures relating to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties it says are inconsistent with America's WTO obligations.

Clothing helps surge in US holiday retail sales 15 Jan 2018

A rise in sales at US clothing clothing retailers helped overall holiday season sales to the largest year-on-year increase since 2010, new figures show.

Walmart to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs? 15 Jan 2018

US retail giant Walmart is understood to be cutting around 1,000 corporate jobs by the end of the month amid a shake-up of its workforce and just days after announcing the closure of some Sam’s Club stores.

Latest blogs

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.

Is outer space the answer to more sustainable cotton? 31 Jul 2017

Can space-based experiments be the answer to making cotton a more sustainable fibre on Earth? The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has partnered with US retail giant Target Corporation to find out.