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Steps to successful sourcing in Vietnam

14 October 2019 | Guest author

Trade and political tensions between China and the US have moved many companies to consider sourcing in other areas in Southeast Asia, and especially Vietnam. While challenges abound, it is possible to build good relationships with factories, as Alexander Twibill, director of marketing for HQTS Group, explains.... 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 design-to-cost is your trojan horse

4 June 2019 | Guest author

How can the world of fast fashion exploit lessons gleaned from the automotive industry? The answer lies in design-to-cost, says Dominic Jephcott, co-founder and managing partner of management consultancy Vendigital.... 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


Applying the latest digital technologies to fashion product development

12 April 2019 | Guest author

There are a number of steps fashion industry executives can take to expedite design and development, stay at the forefront in an increasingly competitive landscape – and ultimately get a good night’s sleep. Andrew Dalziel, senior director, Industry Strategy, Infor, explains.... 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


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


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


How to manage the hem and haw of inventory

19 October 2018 | Guest author

As consumer buying habits and demands become ever more complex, inventory management is key to ensuring companies can quickly respond to any fluctuations in customer demand and maintain the flow of product availability.... read more


China’s factories about to pay a lot more in payroll taxes

3 October 2018 | Guest author

For years Chinese factories failed to enroll workers onto the country's social insurance scheme. But things could be about to change. From January next year responsibility for collecting payroll taxes will pass from the local social security bureau to local tax authorities, who have the capability and corporate tax data to ensure much better levels of compliance.... 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


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


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


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


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


Three ways to minimise quality errors and chargebacks

30 August 2017 | Guest author

Communication is critical to aligning expectations on major and minor defects and producing consistently high-quality garments – and there are three key ways brands can minimise quality discrepancies, errors and chargebacks.... read more


Five key costs linked to poor product quality

25 July 2017 | Guest author

For consumer-driven, competitive apparel and footwear companies, product quality is critical. When managed well, it can improve your brand image, strengthen your consumer relationships, and reduce your operational and financial costs.... read more


Why US innovation is vital to global value chains

21 July 2017 | Guest author

A report on just-style last week described as a "missed opportunity" the distribution of a Vietnam-made backpack at the launch of a new multi-million dollar initiative intended to develop US-made high-tech fabrics. But for Stephen Lamar, executive vice president at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the item’s value is overwhelmingly US – and reflects the way supply chains are likely to evolve in the future.... read more


'Who Made My Clothes?' will redefine fashion supply chains

15 May 2017 | Guest author

24 April marked the anniversary of the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the years since, the incident has sparked a worldwide movement called Fashion Revolution, whose mission is to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.... read more


Bangladesh Accord – New phase should protect unions

11 May 2017 | Guest author

Apparel companies involved in a widely hailed effort to protect garment workers in Bangladesh factories from harm need to take another step to make sure the gains are sustainable. Making that happen depends in large part on workers' ability to organise and to call out dangerous conditions without fear of being beaten or fired, says Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch. ... read more


Why collaboration is key to a successful fashion supply chain

27 April 2017 | Guest author

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective supply chain. But in today’s complex fashion environment, putting it into practice is still a considerable challenge.... read more


Four steps to reduce product defects

17 March 2017 | Guest author

In the modern apparel industry, change is rapid. Consumer behaviours and perceptions are shifting. Cost pressures are intensifying. And while poor quality has long resulted in widespread markdowns and chargebacks, now it may result in permanently lost clients.... read more


Five ways to reduce bribery in quality control

8 March 2017 | Guest author

In recent decades, global supply chains have advanced in many ways. Technology, efficiency, and responsiveness have improved. Investments in quality control and compliance have increased. But two things have remained: corruption and bribery. Here are five ways to reduce bribery in quality control – and strengthen your brand in the process.... read more


Does a hard Brexit mean hard times for UK fashion?

13 February 2017 | Guest author

Brexit means Brexit and, following the Prime Minister's speech in late January where she set out what this will entail, Brexit appears to mean 'hard' Brexit. But what does it mean for the UK's fashion and textile industry, which accounts for tens of billions of pounds in GDP and hundreds of thousands of direct jobs? Greg Smith, head of trading at foreign exchange specialists Global Reach Partners, takes a closer look.... read more


22 dos and dont's – When apparel sourcing goes wrong

11 January 2017 | Guest author

Apparel sourcing problems should be addressed with speed, clarity and honesty in order to achieve the best possible resolution, according to a new report.... read more


Article 50 and its impact on European supply chains

4 January 2017 | Guest author

Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the government’s deadline of 31 March to begin two years of exit talks is one of the few, more tangible dates that businesses can factor in. Here Guy Courtin, vice president of industry & solution strategy for retail and fashion at GT Nexus, looks at its likely impact on supply chain networks across Europe.... read more


Fusing ethics and finance to boost the bottom line

18 November 2016 | Guest author

Ethical performance and supply chain finance are an unlikely partnership – but fusing the two can be a winning combination for the fashion and apparel industry.... read more


Is NGO scrutiny reducing supply chain transparency?

11 October 2016 | Guest author

NGOs play a vital role in regulating and holding brands and retailers to account, especially when it comes to the transparency of their supply chains – but are their radars locked onto the wrong targets?... read more


Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

1 September 2016 | Guest author

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability strategies and confirm you're armed with comprehensive product information across your supply network, says Thomas Ng, managing director, supply chain solutions, Amber Road.... read more


How overcapacity in China could reshape fibre markets

30 August 2016 | Guest author

In advance of the World Fibres Conference in Hong Kong later this year, Will Chapman, PCI Wood Mackenzie's head of fibres, assesses how excess polyester capacity in China could reshape global fibres trade to 2017.... read more


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