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China factory output surges in May but exports subdued

1 June 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Chinese manufacturing output in May expanded at the fastest rate since January 2011 – but demand remained subdued as the spread of the coronavirus continued in export markets.... read more

Brands urged to make supply-chain relief payment

29 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A one-off payment from fashion brands and retailers could be a way of mitigating the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on supply chain workers.... read more

Duties collected on US textile imports jump 68% in Q2

29 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The latest Textile Enforcement Statistics released by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show a 68% hike in duties collected on textile and apparel products imported into the US in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020.... read more

New Inventory Quarantine tool to help automate returns

29 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

As the apparel retail industry prepares to open its doors again, new technology has been released to aid retailers with inventory quarantine.... read more

Survey finds 40% of fashion brands have not paid suppliers

29 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A new survey of 35 fashion brands and retailers has found that despite mounting public pressure, 40% have made no public commitment to pay in full for completed orders.... read more

More brands named for failing on order commitments

27 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

An online tracker launched last month to monitor the response of leading apparel and footwear brands and retailers to their suppliers and workers during the coronavirus crisis, has been updated to show some are still refusing to make no commitment to pay in full for orders completed and in production.... read more

Serai apparel trade platform taps Coats Digital and Res.Q

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

HSBC’s new invitation-only apparel trade platform Serai is partnering with Coats Digital and Res.Q to provide companies across the apparel industry with access to their inter-connected digital solutions.... read more

UK suffers record fall as April clothing sales plunge 50.2%

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

UK retail sales volumes fell by a record 18.1% in April – the first full month of lockdown – with the volume of clothing sales half that of the previous month.... read more

Crystal collaborates on fully traceable upcycled denim

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has collaborated on a fully traceable upcycled denim collection with The R Collective.... read more

VF Corp aligns with post-pandemic health and wellness shift

20 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel powerhouse VF Corp believes it is well-positioned to emerge as a winner from the coronavirus crisis – with an increased consumer focus on the outdoors, health and wellbeing set to boost its activity-based lifestyle brands.... read more

Indian states slammed for diluting labour laws

19 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Unions have slammed some Indian states for suspending or amending existing labour laws and increasing working hours to try to curb the impact of the Covid-19 mandated lockdown, with the changes affecting a number of industries, including textiles.... read more

How fashion sourcing has reacted to the corona crisis

8 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Covid-19 has sent shockwaves through the fashion industry’s global sourcing and production operations – as revealed by a new survey of sourcing executives’ immediate response to the crisis, and their plans for the future.... read more

HanesBrands sees US$300m sales opportunity in PPE

7 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

T-shirt and activewear maker HanesBrands is ramping up the production of masks and protective garments in response to the global coronavirus pandemic – and says the business could become a permanent part of its portfolio. ... read more

Export collapse weighs on China factory activity in April

5 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A sharp fall in export orders as the Covid-19 pandemic caused global demand to slump meant factory activity in China contracted in April.... read more

Distressed US apparel retailers face surge in defaults

5 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The US retail and apparel sector faces surging defaults over the next 12 months as companies succumb to pressures mounting from the lengthy shutdown and potentially slow recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, a new forecast suggests.... read more

Year-end cotton prices seen falling to decade low

4 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Global cotton consumption in 2019/20 is set to suffer a 12% decline as demand plummets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with year-end prices seen falling to their lowest levels in more than a decade.... read more

US fashion industry wish-list to tackle corona crisis

1 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Three associations representing the US fashion, apparel, footwear, and travel goods industries have set out recommendations for future tariff relief and stimulus aid to help retailers and importers emerge from the coronavirus crisis.... read more

Egypt makers take a hit on cancellations and capacity

1 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Garment factories in Egypt have indicated that order cancellations linked to the global Covid-19 crisis are reaching millions of dollars, and that many manufacturers have been forced to reduce their production capacity as a result.... read more

Tunisia unions back salary pact for private workers

1 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Private sector clothing and footwear workers in Tunisia are among those who will continue to be paid during Covid-19-related closures thanks to an agreement between the government and unions.... read more

Investors concerned at lack of worker transparency

1 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A coalition of 130 institutional investors with combined assets of more than US$14 trillion has expressed concern that major corporations are not responsibly managing the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic due to a lack of transparency on vulnerable workers in their supply chains.... read more

Controversial Indonesia labour law reform postponed

30 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The Indonesian government has agreed to delay debate on a controversial bill to reform the country’s labour market and regulations.... read more

Global retail spend set to fall by US$549.7bn in 2020

29 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

With almost 3 million cases of coronavirus worldwide and numerous countries enforcing lockdowns, global retail spend is anticipated to fall by US$549.7bn in 2020, according to a new forecast.... read more

Esquel shutters some factories as orders fall

28 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, one of the world’s largest woven shirt suppliers, is shuttering four factories in China, Malaysia and Mauritius as it struggles with falling orders during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more

US cotton farmers to benefit from $19bn aid package

27 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The Trump Administration has set out details of a $19bn aid package to support American farmers and ranchers – including cotton farmers – hurt by the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.... read more

Labour rights unravel across Asia’s garment sector

27 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Labour rights are set to worsen in Asia’s garment sector as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the region – with knock-on implications for fashion companies trying to maintain supply chains from these locations.... read more

UK clothing sales "obliterated" in March

24 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

UK retail sales slumped to new record lows in March, official data showed today (24 April), with the volume of sales at clothing and footwear stores down a whopping 34.8% on the previous month.... read more

Subdued exports weigh on India textile sector

24 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Textile companies across India’s value chain could see a top line contraction of 20%-25% in the current financial year on back of muted domestic demand and tumbling exports amid the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a new forecast.... read more

Industry groups urge action on supply chain liquidity squeeze

23 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Textile, apparel, footwear and travel goods associations from around the globe are adding to calls for governments to address the liquidity squeeze caused by Covid-19 across the supply chain.... read more

Brands join ILO push for emergency funding for suppliers

23 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel brands and retailers – including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, Inditex, M&S and Primark – have joined employer organisations, unions and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to push for emergency funding to support garment factories and workers through the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Burberry rolls out product sustainability labelling

22 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

British luxury brand Burberry is rolling out dedicated sustainability labelling across key categories to provide customers with insight on a product’s environmental and social credentials.... read more

Korean textile firms criticise Kohl’s order cancellations

21 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Representatives from the Korean textile and apparel industry are calling on US department store retailer Kohl’s to reconsider its recent decision to unilaterally cancel orders – which it says puts at risk the livelihoods of nearly 200,000 workers around the world.... read more

India stands to lose $3bn in apparel shipments

21 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

India's apparel industry stands to lose shipments worth more than US$3bn due to order cancellations and delays during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey of garment exporters across the country.... read more

Research scales up to replace plastics with bio-based fibres

20 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

More than 50 companies have joined forces in a three-year pilot project to scale up the use of natural fibre based materials to replace plastics in a number of products, including textiles.... read more

Online tracker lists apparel brands' response to Covid-19

17 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

A new tracker aims to name and shame apparel and footwear brands and retailers who have made no commitment to pay their suppliers for orders that are in production or already completed during the coronavirus pandemic – as well as flagging those who are upholding their obligations.... read more

Thailand to lose some US GSP benefits from next week

17 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Thailand is set to lose its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) duty-free trade privileges with the US on a raft of items, including dresses and footwear parts, from the end of next week.... read more