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Covid-19 boosts demand for virtual sourcing shows 24 Mar 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is encouraging textile trade shows to consider virtual and other digital alternatives as it forces the cancellation of myriad events around the world.

Coronavirus disruption – How will fashion companies emerge? 18 Mar 2020

How retail and fashion companies and their supply chains might fare coming out of the coronavirus crisis – and possible longer-term impacts on social trends and behaviour.

Supply chains lack talent to fill digital skills gap 17 Mar 2020

While the adoption of digital technologies continues to be on the rise, firms are struggling to hire skilled workers to run them and extract actionable insights out of the mountains of data being generated by digital supply chains, a new survey shows.

Digital and AI are reimagining retail. Are supply chains next? 11 Mar 2020

AI enabled digital tools are taking personalisation and customer service to the next level, not just online, but in physical stores as well. Where does this leave supply chains? asks Roit Kathiala.

Lunar New Year lifts US apparel imports in January 10 Mar 2020

US apparel import volumes jumped in January as retailers brought in extra inventory before Asia’s Lunar New Year shut-down. But compared with the same month last year, declines were seen in seven of the top ten supplier countries – with the biggest double-digit drop seen by China.

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Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update 30 Mar 2020

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages 27 Mar 2020

Retailers H&M, Canada Goose, Nike Inc and luxury firms including Kering are among those mobilising their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

US apparel group praises move on stimulus efforts 27 Mar 2020

An unprecedented $2.2 trillion US economic rescue package has been welcomed by groups representing apparel and footwear brands and importers – who are also urging for further action in the form of tariff relief.

US Q4 in brief – Oxford Industries, Shoe Carnival, G-III Apparel Group 27 Mar 2020

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Oxford Industries has reported its twelfth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales, and G-III Apparel Group saw profit rise but revenue fall. Elsewhere, Guess CEO Carlos Alberini has hailed a "strong" performance, and Lands' End has reported increases in both earnings and revenue. 

SGS product recalls platform adds Australia & Canada data 27 Mar 2020

Verification, testing and certification company SGS has expanded its product recalls online platform with Australia and Canada now contributing official data alongside the European Union and the US.

SEAMS programme aligns PPE sourcing agents with supply chains 26 Mar 2020

SEAMS – the National Association for the US Sewn Products Industry – has launched a community programme to help tackle the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) by aligning sourcing agents with PPE supply chains. 

ASTM International grants public access to PPE standards 26 Mar 2020

Global standards organisation ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to a suite of 24 standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help combat the Covid-19 public health emergency.

Tapestry outlines steps to navigate financial hit of Covid-19 26 Mar 2020

Coach-owner Tapestry Inc is taking a series of steps to preserve cash and maintain ample liquidity as the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact its global operation.

Target apparel comps tumble 20% on Covid-19 26 Mar 2020

US general merchandise retailer Target has withdrawn its full-year financial guidance despite "unusually strong traffic and sales" as consumers continue to stock up on essentials such as food and medicine to see them through country-wide lockdowns during the coronavirus outbreak.

Nike deploys Covid-19 "playbook" to US and Europe 25 Mar 2020

Sportswear giant Nike Inc says it has a "playbook" to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including leveraging its diverse sourcing base and digital capabilities to manage the business with flexibility, and shifting inventory to serve consumer digital demand.

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Central America clothing suppliers warn on delays due to coronavirus 2 Mar 2020

Central American garment suppliers are fretting over delays of up to a month in essential Chinese fabric supplies as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus and its impact on fashion supply chains 3 Feb 2020

The world economy in general, and the apparel industry in particular, depend on hugely complex, globalised, supply chains. So what are the consequences of the new 'Wuhan novel coronavirus'? And what is the potential impact of the coronavirus on global fashion retailers and their supply chains?

Are low-labour rate countries being victimised by their customers? 30 Sep 2019

There is a common belief that low-labour-rate countries are forever being victimised by their customers, who force the factories to accept unacceptably low FOB (free on board) prices. An analysis from just-style suggests this has never made sense, less so now than ever before.