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Xinjiang forced labour is focus of new US legislation

24 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Updated legislation has been reintroduced that would prevent any goods from entering the United States unless there is proof they do not contain inputs originating from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.... read more

Lao garment workers to receive emergency support

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the Covid-19 pandemic are to receive two months’ emergency income support worth LAK900,000 (US$100).... read more

Fashion brands urged to publicly condemn Myanmar coup

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion brands and retailers sourcing in Myanmar are being urged to take action to help end the military coup in the country – including publicly joining international condemnation of the takeover.... read more

Ocean carriers ordered to explain spike in charges

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Ocean carriers and marine terminal operators at major US ports are being ordered to explain how they calculate detention and demurrage charges, amid growing concerns that a spike in costs and delays is hitting apparel and footwear retailers, brands and importers.... read more

Broken retail model pushes apparel suppliers to breaking point

22 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

It has taken Sanjeev Mahtani 30 years to build Must Garment Corporation, but just a matter of months for his lifetime's work to come crashing down. As he tries to pick up the pieces of his manufacturing business, he tells just-style why he fears for the future of apparel suppliers – and the millions of workers they employ.... read more

US clothing imports included in Xinjiang detention order

22 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Clothing that is produced anywhere in the world but has links to forced labour in China’s Xinjiang province is included in a recent withhold release order (WRO) banning imports into the US.... read more

Retailers and brands express concern at Myanmar coup

19 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Retailers and brands accounting for around 40% of Myanmar's garment exports – including C&A, H&M Group and Inditex – say they are deeply concerned about the current developments in the country following the recent military coup.... read more

Germany agrees new law on supply chain due diligence

19 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The German government has agreed to new legislation that will force companies to comply with social and environmental rules along their global supply chains.... read more

Hidden homeworkers in apparel and footwear chains

19 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Homeworkers are rarely identified in social audits and remain hidden to many of the brands whose products they are making – but recognising their presence is the first step to improving their welfare, a new study suggests.... read more

Delta Galil virtual showrooms speed sales process

19 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Israel based apparel manufacturer Delta Galil Industries is enhancing its virtual platform with new web software including digital showrooms and remote sales capabilities.... read more

Calls to add US port workers to vaccine priority list

18 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Essential US port workers should be given priority during the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine to protect vital supply chains, according to a group representing apparel and footwear importers and retailers.... read more

Fashion education needs a re-think on the data skills front

17 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

A new study is calling for a rethink of fashion education to ensure students are equipped with the data science and data analysis skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing industry.... read more

Ocean carrier violations adding costs and delays

16 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is being urged to take action over a spike in contract violations and detention and demurrage charges hitting apparel and footwear retailers, brands and importers.... read more

Union wins reinstatement of 1,257 garment workers in India

15 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

More than 1,200 Indian workers at H&M garment supplier Gokaldas Exports are to be rehired after an eight-month campaign by unions.... read more

The Wool Lab sourcing guide goes online

15 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Woolmark Company has moved its fabric and yarn sourcing guide to a new online platform, providing a showcase for suppliers and a sourcing service for buyers.... read more

Dow develops new durable water repellent finish

12 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Materials science company Dow has developed a new durable water repellent finish for fabrics based on silicone chemistry.... read more

Global unions take stance against Myanmar military

12 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Ten global unions representing more than 200 million workers are ramping up pressure on governments and corporations to target the commercial interests of Myanmar’s military leaders – including an end to the country’s preferential EU trade status.... read more

Flooding kills 28 in illegal Moroccan garment factory

12 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

28 workers have been killed after an illegal garment factory in the northern Moroccan city of Tangier was flooded by rainwater. ... read more

ILO urges Myanmar to uphold worker rights

11 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has expressed grave concern about the military takeover in Myanmar, and is urging the country’s leaders to respect freedom of association and restore democratic order.... read more

EU helping Better Work to respond to the Covid crisis

10 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The European Union (EU) and Better Work this week announced progress of their joint efforts to improve garment industry working conditions in countries such as Bangladesh and Vietnam.... read more

Lacoste extends PLM to drive faster decisions

9 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and accessories brand Lacoste has extended the value of its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution by connecting to in-house product data spread across multiple upstream and downstream business systems.... read more

Clothing sector likely major loser from Myanmar coup

3 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

This week's military coup in Myanmar puts foreign investment at risk, poses the threat of trade sanctions, and may prompt some clothing companies to sever their sourcing ties with the country.... read more

Scotch & Soda uses RFID for supply chain visibility

2 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda is tapping into radio-frequency identification (RFID) to give real-time insights on stock levels throughout its entire supply chain.... read more

FibreTrace traceability tool adds raw fibre impact data

1 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

A new raw fibre benchmarking tool has been developed that allows brands and suppliers to accurately capture, verify and trace environmental performance data at farm level.... read more

Garment manufacturers remain hardest hit by Covid-19

29 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Garment manufacturing continues to be the industry most severely affected by fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, with new research suggesting 86% of businesses have seen a drop in orders.... read more

Inditex joins new MIT consortium to fight climate change

29 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion giant Inditex is joining industry leaders including Apple, Accenture, Boeing, IBM and PepsiCo in a new cross-sector initiative to try to find a solution to the global climate crisis.... read more

Centric PLM adds new 3D CAD connector capabilities

29 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Centric Software is enhancing its 3D PLM capabilities with the addition of a connector for Dassault Systèmes Solidworks 3D design platform.... read more

Steps to improve design and development purchasing practices

28 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Better Buying Institute has used feedback from suppliers to set out steps to help brands and retailers improve their purchasing practices related to design, development and calendar management.... read more

More agile supply chains will reshape sporting goods sector

26 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Future-proofing sporting goods supply chains requires bold strategies, with a raised bar on agility, stronger supply chain partnerships, and near-shoring among top options being considered by industry executives.... read more

Athleta in plus-size drive

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Athleta athletic apparel brand is rolling out a major plan for plus-size customers, with 70% of its collection available in sizes 1X-3X for spring 2021.... read more

H&M innovation lab to pilot digital fitting rooms

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The Berlin-based innovation lab of fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is backing research to develop a virtual fitting solution that will enable customers to try out clothing on their own individual avatars.... read more

Curtsy raises $11m to scale Gen Z clothing resell app

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

An app that lets women buy and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories from their phones has raised US$11m in Series A funding to help scale its business.... read more

HanesBrands taps new group president for global innerwear

22 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel maker HanesBrands has named Joe Cavaliere to the newly created role of group president, global innerwear. ... read more

US puts pressure on China with genocide accusation

20 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The outgoing Trump administration has declared that the Chinese government is committing genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.... read more

Polyester fibres from clothing pervasive in the Arctic Ocean

20 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Polyester fibres account for almost three-quarters of the microplastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean, according to a study that raises new concerns about the role that textiles, laundry and wastewater discharge has in the contamination of the world’s remotest seas.... read more