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How blockchain can reshape the fashion supply chain

30 October 2019 | Guest author

The fashion industry managed to rake in well over a trillion dollars in 2018 – but its supply chain continues to faces challenges ranging from excess waste to ethical issues and counterfeiting. However, blockchain might have the power to solve or, at the very least, alleviate these concerns.... read more


Why the fashion industry must get ahead of its massive pollution problem

8 August 2019 | Guest author

Levi Strauss has taken the lead on climate commitment – but where does the rest of the fashion industry stand today? asks Todd Paglia, executive director at Stand.earth.... read more


Tariff threats stand in the way of apparel supply chain investments

28 June 2019 | Guest author

With the Trump Administration mulling up to 25% additional duties on all US imports from China, Matthijs Crietee, secretary general of the International Apparel Federation (IAF), argues that even the threat of new trade barriers is likely to have a long-term impact on complex global clothing supply chains.... read more


Why it's time to share your views on trade

24 June 2019 | Guest author

Ahead of her testimony against the proposed Section 301 tariffs on all imports from China – which would include all clothing and footwear – Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), explains why the negative impact of tariffs on China will not just hurt brands and retailers, but also their global supply chains. And, she says, it's not too late to speak out.... read more


How to support a virtuous sourcing circle in Ethiopia

24 May 2019 | Guest author

From Bangladesh to Ethiopia, garment manufacturing is a potential path to economic development. But this will only happen if Western brands and retailers adopt specific sourcing practices, according to Dorothée Baumann-Pauly and Auret van Heerden from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.... read more


Activating brand purpose – and putting it to work at Wrangler

23 April 2019 | Guest author

Over the last few years, there's been a lot of compelling information demonstrating the importance of a brand or organisation's purpose. Just like mission, vision, and values before it, purpose is gaining in critical mass as an organisational architecture trend. Here, Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans, discusses the methodologies involved in discovering brand purpose – and how it was put into practice at Wrangler.... read more


Impact 4.0: Textiles and the digital revolution

28 March 2019 | Guest author

With the largest range of technology on display in its history, the upcoming Texprocess trade fair has a new exhibitor record within its sights. And once again it also has its finger firmly on the pulse of the sector – with the impact of Industry 4.0 on the manufacture and processing of apparel and technical textiles one of the show’s major areas of focus. Ronny Eckert reports.... read more


How to balance colour quality, brand loyalty and cost

27 March 2019 | Guest author

Getting colour right while simultaneously managing costs can be an unexpected challenge for digital-native brands moving into brick-and-mortar territory. Here are some of the considerations retailers and brands need to make in order to balance customer colour experiences in-store, at-home and online.... read more


China trade – Hoping for a Mar-A-Lago miracle?

19 March 2019 | Guest author

While we wait for news of the next trade summit between the United States and China, Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), mulls the consequences of President Trump’s flawed trade strategy – including long-lasting damage to global supply chains.... read more


What the new US Farm Bill means for hemp apparel

30 January 2019 | Guest author

Hemp is back – removed from the US Schedule 1 controlled substances list and available for broad cultivation. But what's an opportunity for its use in apparel, and what's just hype? Writing exclusively on just-style, Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans, takes a closer look.... read more


How real-time PLM can help fashion firms stay ahead

29 January 2019 | Guest author

Being nimble and agile enough to respond to demand from connected consumers is key to surviving and thriving in today's fashion world. Digitising business processes with a real-time PLM solution provides firms with the data analytics and insights to meet goals and deadlines, make faster decisions and react more quickly, as Terri Ghio, vice president of sales & operations at Visual Next, explains.... read more


Looming Accord closure a risk to Bangladesh sourcing

22 November 2018 | Guest author

A crash in slow motion – it's the only way one can describe the looming economic fallout should Bangladesh refuse to extend the Accord on Fire and Building Safety. In just one week's time the Bangladesh Government may force this landmark agreement to stop operating out of Dhaka: a disaster for apparel workers' safety in an industry scarred by tragedy.... read more


Under the microscope – How forensic science provides proof of provenance

21 November 2018 | Guest author

Ethics have never been more important to consumers. From sustainability to fair trade and welfare standards, savvy brands know it is vital to ensure that ethical production, not just price, is hardwired into their supply chains. But in an age where products often cross multiple borders and pass through several sets of hands before reaching the shelves, how can producers, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers ensure they can back up their claims on the label?... read more


Combatting endemic challenges to overhaul factory safety

10 October 2018 | Guest author

The Bangladesh experience represents a model for what factory safety reform might look like in other low-resource contexts. But now is a critical time to ensure there is no backsliding that could threaten the incredible progress made so far, writes Kathleen Almand, vice president of research, data and analytics at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).... read more


Trump to the American retail consumer – "You're Fired"

30 August 2018 | Guest author

We are all trying hard to rationalise or explain what the Trump administration is trying to do, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Apparently, we are attempting to stop unfair trade practices – promoted by China – by taxing ourselves and taking money out of our own pockets. Makes sense, right?... read more


President Trump, farmers and the anti-gravity tariff machine

26 July 2018 | Guest author

On Tuesday the Trump administration sought to buy votes and silence farmers by offering them $12 billion to stop complaining about lost business due to tariffs. But while those in our industry who focus on global supply chains can easily empathise with the farmers...the difference is that the US government won't bail us out, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).... read more


What does the future hold for Made in China?

29 June 2018 | Guest author

Trade wars between the US and China are ramping up – but China's role within the global apparel supply chain is already weakening and retailers are increasingly turning to other countries for their clothing needs. So what does the future hold for 'Made in China'?... read more


Making your fashion brand more ethical and sustainable

20 June 2018 | Guest author

Today's consumers are increasingly concerned their purchases should be inflicting the least possible harm on the environment and societies around the globe. As a consequence, there is more pressure than ever on retailers and brands to reassure responsible consumers their products are made using raw materials from reliable sources. ... read more


How to unlock the value of time in your supply chain

14 June 2018 | Guest author

A metric has been developed to help textile and apparel supply chains evaluate the value of time in product development, merchandising and sourcing decisions. The model is aimed at brands and retailers searching for ways to increase full-price sell-through or grow profit, as Vaughn Jordan, deputy director at Cotton Council International, explains.... read more


Faster fashion – How to shorten the apparel calendar

29 May 2018 | Guest author

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitise the value chain, according to insight from McKinsey.... read more


Six ways retailers can keep up with digital trends

16 May 2018 | Guest author

Online fashion sales appear to be on an upward trajectory, generating GBP16.2bn (US$22bn) in 2017 and expected to jump 79% by 2022. Here we set out six areas for retailers to focus on over the next year if they want to grow their presence digitally.... read more


The 24 April ritual – Rana Plaza’s unfinished legacy

24 April 2018 | Guest author

Every year on 24 April, I browse through a poignant online memorial for garment workers who died in 2013 in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. The website is a collection of national IDs, passport-size and other photos—a man posing with a phone, a woman against a backdrop of flowers, and appointment letters of workers. It's a strong reminder of the human cost of negligence in the garment sector.... read more


Eco-fashion: Green is the new black

4 April 2018 | Guest author

With ethical consumerism on the rise, manufacturers and brands unable to meet 'green is the new black' expectations risk damaging their reputations. Weaving transparency throughout the end-to-end process is a proven path to a sustainable future.... read more


Global supply chains still missing sourcing strategy links

3 April 2018 | Guest author

Like the scientists and academics debating the missing link in human evolution, global supply chains are still missing "links" when it comes to their sourcing strategies, even after years of practice. In today's supply chains this is the compelling connection between sourcing and logistics.... read more


Trump Trade – The tariffs are coming, the tariffs are coming!

20 March 2018 | Guest author

Tariff discussions are looming over the White House – and everyone in the apparel, footwear, and accessory industry should be on high alert, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).... read more


How 'see-now-buy-now' is disrupting the retail supply chain

20 February 2018 | Guest author

Technology and social media have transformed consumers into veritable fashion industry insiders. No longer looking to retailers to direct them towards the newest hot looks, they're shaping them themselves in a new fashion world where the only true trend is that there are no trends. When consumers see something they want, even if it's on the runway, the expectation is that they will be able to buy it right then, not next season.... read more


Four ways to ensure sustainable fashion is here to stay

16 February 2018 | Guest author

With London Fashion Week kicking off today, how can the fashion industry make sure that sustainable fashion is always in season rather than a passing fad?... read more


Gaps remain in India's move towards sustainability

12 February 2018 | Guest author

India's textile and garment industry is making strides in ensuring ethical compliance and environmental standards in its factories. Yet gaps still exist, and filling these will be key if it is to reach its full potential, cement long-term relationships with brands, and compete more effectively in Asia.... read more


Why it's time for retail to focus on transparency

1 February 2018 | Guest author

The responsible sourcing tactics popular in food and drug industries are permeating into other areas of retail, including fashion and apparel, leading to a more granular form of traceability throughout the supply chain.... read more


Machine learning – The intelligent way to grow margin

29 January 2018 | Guest author

Profits and gross margins are under pressure for fashion retailers. But could Artificial Intelligence (AI) hold the key to optimising markdowns and unlocking value in the supply chain? ... read more


Four stages on the road to digital transformation

19 January 2018 | Guest author

More businesses are making meaningful progress towards the goal of becoming digital enterprises. But while digital transformation pushes brands to innovate from the bottom up, change needs to begin at the top.... read more


Tackling sexual harassment in the garment industry

8 December 2017 | Guest author

High-profile cases involving Hollywood, the media and political figures have exposed a global crisis of workplace sexual harassment. And garment workers are among the most vulnerable, says Aruna Kashyap, a lawyer who works for Human Rights Watch.... read more


What is driving transparency in the retail supply chain?

5 December 2017 | Guest author

Supply chain transparency is an urgent issue facing retail organisations today – it’s often deep down in the supply chain where the most significant brand, reputation and financial risks live.  ... read more


Millennials and Gen Z shaking up the cotton industry

6 November 2017 | Guest author

Changing interests and preferences among younger consumers are placing new demands on the cotton industry. As Millennials and Gen Z become avid consumers, cotton manufacturers will need to heed the demands of this large and influential group of consumers in order to stay successful.... read more


Start preparing for the rise of the conscious consumer

23 October 2017 | Guest author

Consumers are starting to demand more responsibility and transparency from retailers and brands about how and where their products are made. But instead of pointing fingers, perhaps it's time that stakeholders stopped passing the blame and started working together towards improving production processes.... read more


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