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Cambodia labour issues continue to concern brands

24 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Ongoing concerns over the deteriorating labour and human rights situation in Cambodia have again prompted a number of brands and retailers – including Adidas, Levi Strauss, Ralph Lauren and Under Armour – to call on the government to set out steps to bring the country in line with international standards. ... read more


Indonesia labour law reform plans prompt protests

22 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Plans by the Indonesian government to overhaul the country’s nearly two-decades old labour law have led to a spate of nationwide worker protests and criticism from unions.... read more


US-China trade deal offers little respite for apparel firms

22 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The ‘Phase One’ trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.... read more


Department store Beales falls into administration

21 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

British department store retailer Beales has become the latest to fall into administration, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk if a buyer or new investment can’t be found.... read more


Lindex launches water project for Myanmar garment workers

21 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has launched a joint project in Myanmar to increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation in communities where textile workers live.... read more


Imogene+Willie to use Vidalia Mills historic selvedge denim

21 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Vidalia Mills, the new North American textile maker taking shape in Louisiana, is working with the Imogene+Willie brand as the first customer of its premium selvedge denim.... read more


Tailored Brands to sell Joseph Abboud for $115m

20 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Menswear retailer Tailored Brands Inc is selling the Joseph Abboud trademarks to WHP Global for $115m – but will retain the exclusive rights to sell and rent Joseph Abboud branded apparel and related merchandise in the US and Canada.... read more


New Infor solutions optimise planning and inventories

17 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Cloud software provider Infor has launched a number of new solutions to help omni-channel retailers and fashion brands optimise their inventories, improve demand and supply planning, boost factory efficiency and help take their fashion products to market faster.... read more


Outlook 2020 – What next for apparel sourcing?

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The search for the ideal sourcing destination is set to continue as Western fashion brands and retailers seek to reduce their exposure to China in 2020. At the same time they’re having to navigate a more complicated matrix, which includes factors ranging from cost, speed to market, production capacity and flexibility to compliance risk. Along with these challenges come opportunities to rethink business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to digitalisation and data, executives say.... read more


US-China ‘Phase One’ deal paves way for apparel tariff cuts

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The United States and China have signed the long-anticipated ‘Phase One’ trade agreement between the two countries, in a move that paves the way for punitive tariffs imposed on most US apparel imports from China to be cut in half.... read more


Mainetti adds The Star Group to label & trim portfolio

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Garment hanger, packaging, labels and RFID ticketing business Mainetti Group is bolstering its creative branding and packaging solutions in the US with the acquisition of The Star Group.... read more


PLM to boost collection development at Finn Flare

15 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Russian casual wear brand Finn Flare has replaced its legacy Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) product with a new solution to enhance data management and analysis and help reduce development time for new collections.... read more


Outlook 2020 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.... read more


Five key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020.... read more


Tom Chu named regional president PVH Asia Pacific

10 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

PVH Corp, one of the world’s largest apparel companies and owner of iconic brands including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has promoted Tom Chu to regional president of PVH Asia Pacific... read more


New partnership links tech-pack data to online shopping

9 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Software firms Bamboo Rose and True Fit are teaming up to enable fashion retailers and brands to leverage product development data to guide online consumer purchases.... read more


PVH offloads Speedo North America for $170m

9 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel giant PVH Corp is selling its Speedo North America swimwear business to Pentland Group, parent company of Speedo International, for $170m.... read more


Industry 4.0 weaves into the clothing supply chain

6 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Experts have told just-style of the urgent need for the clothing sector to embrace Industry 4.0 to boost productivity and harness creativity by providing a single, connected platform for all supply chain processes. ... read more


Fast fashion brand Limé picks PLM to power growth

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Russian fast fashion brand Limé has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help power its growth strategy.... read more


Better Work Vietnam marks 10-year anniversary

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Since its inception in 2009, the Better Work Vietnam programme has increased its footprint in the country’s garment industry to reach 392 active factories employing almost 600,000 workers.... read more


New Nike Atsuma shoe aims to reduce material waste

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A new Nike sneaker released this week (1 January) aims to reduce material waste by using scraps created during the production process.... read more


Yarn specialist Fulgar buys Pompea intimates brand

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Italian man-made fibre specialist Fulgar has acquired the Pompea hosiery, tights and intimate wear brand to retain its ‘Made in Italy’ tradition.... read more


China factory activity sees slower pace in December

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Factory activity in China continued to rise modestly in December – but the rate of new order growth eased to a three-month low, and export sales rose only slightly, pointing to cooling overseas demand.... read more


Textil del Valle adds digital direct-to-garment printing

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Textil del Valle South America, a vertically integrated garment manufacturing giant based in Peru, has added digital direct-to-garment printing to its production capabilities.... read more


Next raises profit guidance amid strong Christmas trading

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

British fashion and homewares retailer Next Plc has raised its full year profit guidance after full-price sales in the key Christmas trading period came in ahead of expectations.... read more


Footwear specialist AMG Asia embarks on PLM project

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Advanced Manufacturing Group (AMG), a multinational specialist in footwear development and production, has embarked on a PLM (product lifecycle management) project to help provide retail customers with end-to-end visibility and connectivity.... read more


Epic Group and Elevate aim to reinvent social responsibility

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Global apparel manufacturing giant Epic Group is teaming up with sustainability and supply chain services provider Elevate to build a world class social responsibility programme that goes beyond compliance to contribute a wider value to the communities where it operates.... read more


DeSL develops Total Quality Management module

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

A new Total Quality Management module from Discover e-Solutions Ltd (DeSL) ensures products are made to specification and to the highest compliance levels, the company says.... read more


GOTS certifies another 40 US companies in 2019

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Another 40 companies received certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2019, making a total of 113 individual companies certified to GOTS in the US.... read more


Annual limit on Haiti duty-free apparel edges up again

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The annual limit on duty-free apparel shipped from Haiti to the United States over the next year has been raised by 1.1%.... read more


Hela Clothing recognised for workforce inclusivity in Ethiopia

23 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Hela Clothing, the Sri Lanka based global apparel manufacturer, has been named the Most Inclusive Employer of the Year in Ethiopia.... read more


Fashion platform Zilingo buys IoT start-up nCinga for $15.5m

20 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Singapore-based fashion supply chain platform Zilingo has bought Sri Lankan startup nCinga, whose industrial IoT platform helps to build smart factories, in a US$15.5 cash and stock deal.... read more


US reaches final ruling on polyester yarn dumping

20 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The United States is to issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India after reaching a unanimous decision that they are being subsidised and sold at less than fair value.... read more


Nike Q2 profit surges as higher prices offset tariffs

20 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

US sporting goods giant Nike Inc has booked a 32% jump in second quarter profit after higher prices helped offset US trade tariffs.... read more


House passage of USMCA "positive step" heading into 2020

20 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – which will update and replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – has taken another step forward after being passed by the House of Representatives.... read more


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