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Digitalisation moving from competitive advantage to necessity

26 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unparalleled impact on the apparel industry, causing drastic changes in the way it manages supply chains. Consequently, digitalisation and technology have moved from being a competitive advantage to a practical necessity as businesses adapt to new ways of working.... read more

Romania garment workers win wage campaign

26 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has welcomed a decision by three fashion companies to ensure a group of workers in Romania were paid full back wages following a campaign that went viral.... read more

The Lycra Company develops anti-slip fibre

26 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Lycra Company is preparing to launch a new denim seam slippage solution for applications in single-core spandex fabrics that require durable stretch and good recovery power.... read more

Haddad Brands digitalises the colour approval process

23 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Children's wear manufacturer Haddad Brands is digitalising its colour approval process with the aim of reducing approval time and the possibility of errors.... read more

Gap brand mulls store closures across Europe

22 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

US apparel brand Gap is to pare back its store presence in Europe with the potential closure of bricks and mortar stores across the continent and the possibility of transferring some of the business to third-parties.... read more

Better Factories Cambodia showing real results

22 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) says its programme is showing real results in the working conditions of garment workers but admits there is more work to be done in relation to gender differences in areas such as wages and harassment.... read more

Higg FSLM tackles audit fatigue with new scoring tool

22 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global brands now have the ability to assess social and labour performance of their supplier facilities with a standard scoring system added to the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM).... read more

Equal partnerships key to accelerating sustainable change

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

An equal partnership between a brand and its suppliers is the only way to successfully accelerate sustainability, one industry executive has said, with collaborative action key.... read more

Asia-Pacific garment industry hit hard by Covid-19 fallout

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Covid-19 crisis has hit the garment sector in the Asia- Pacific region hard, with plummeting retail sales in key export markets affecting workers and enterprises throughout supply chains, new research from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows.... read more

New report calls for transparency from field to fabric

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion sustainability campaign Fashion Revolution has called for more transparency beyond the first tier of garment manufacturing to include the disclosure of processing facilities and textile mills.... read more

Kohl's to launch speciality athleisure brand

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Kohl's is to launch a new private label speciality athleisure brand, produced using sustainable methods and materials, as the US department store retailer looks to strengthen its position in active and casual apparel to tap into consumer demand for more comfortable clothing.... read more

UK forced labour probe reaches out to apparel retailers

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Major apparel companies including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Nike and Gap have been contacted by UK politicians to give evidence at an inquiry exploring the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.... read more

Alibaba to buy controlling stake in Sun Art Retail

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

China's Alibaba Group Holding Limited is to take a majority stake in Sun Art Retail Group Limited, one of the country's largest big box retailers.... read more

Six workers die at Pakistan garment factory

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Six factory workers died at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, at the weekend while cleaning a chemical tank.... read more

Manhattan Associates rolls out omnichannel-centric solution

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Supply chain software firm Manhattan Associates has introduced what it claims is the first allocation solution specifically engineered for today’s omnichannel marketplace.... read more

Boohoo faces more challenges as it seeks new auditor

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo is facing more challenges this week after it emerged that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is stepping down as its auditor, following a recent investigation linking some of the company's suppliers to money laundering and VAT fraud.... read more

US apparel retailer bankruptcies among top in 2020

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Apparel and footwear companies are amongst the three retail industries to have suffered the most this year through bankruptcies as a result of the pandemic, new figures show, with the outlook remaining bleak.... read more

Paul&Shark initiative gives old garments a new life

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Luxury sportswear brand Paul&Shark has furthered its sustainability commitments by launching a new project that gives old garments a new life.... read more

3DLook rolls out body analytics tool to fix poor fit

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Body data platform 3DLook has rolled out a body shape analytics tool, designed to help apparel companies tackle the problem of poor fit.... read more

China's 3Colour chooses PLM to help e-commerce growth

16 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Chinese fashion brand 3Colour is to implement a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution across its rapidly-expanding e-commerce business.... read more

US steps up efforts to stifle counterfeits

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The trade body representing the US’s apparel and footwear sector has welcomed the latest moves by the government to stop counterfeit trafficking on e-commerce platforms.... read more

Communication in sustainable fashion award launches

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Apparel and textile eco hub C.L.A.S.S has joined forces with non-profit agency Connecting Cultures to launch what they claim is the first international competition for innovative models of communication in sustainable fashion.... read more

Fashion Pact doubles membership one year on

14 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Fashion Pact, a coalition aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the apparel industry, has doubled its membership one year on from its launch, while also setting out a digital dashboard of KPIs and an operations structure.... read more

Matalan cautious as Q2 profits slump by almost a third

14 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK value clothing retailer Matalan has booked a decline in second-quarter earnings and issued a cautious outlook amid the reinstatement of Government restrictions due to Covid-19.... read more

Sustainability event focus of garment worker wage campaign

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

H&M, Nike, Bestseller have become the target of a new campaign by the Clean Clothes Campaign demanding wage assurance for garment workers, with disruption of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit its focus.... read more

Liquid Wire stretchable circuitry for apparel passes wash test

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance textile company Liquid Wire Inc says its stretchable circuitry has passed a stringent wash test regimen required by performance apparel makers.... read more

N Brown strengthens senior team with buying head

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK digital clothing retailer N Brown is continuing to strengthen its senior management team with four new appointments including buying director.... read more

China tops US apparel import declines in August

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The resumption of business for retailers following the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown helped boost US apparel imports in August on the month prior, but failed to lift numbers on a year-on-year basis. Compared to last year, China booked one of the largest falls in shipment volumes once again, with only three of the top ten reporting growth.... read more

US textile body opposes GSP expansion to apparel and footwear

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has voiced strong support for a House resolution opposing the inclusion of apparel, textile and footwear products in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme.... read more

Boohoo insists leadership committed to delivering change – Update

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo has said its leadership is "absolutely committed" to delivering change, despite calls by UK MP Liz Kendall for the replacement of the company's chair and CEO after an independent investigation into its supply chain found evidence of illegal work conditions.... read more

EU's Myanmar garment support fund pays out MMK5.4bn

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Myanmar's garment workers have now received more than MMK5.4bn (US$4.14m) in payments through the EU funded Myan Ku 'Quick Assistance Fund'.... read more

Evrythng secures funding to expand digital capabilities

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Technology firm Evrythng has closed a US$10m further funding round enabling the product cloud to invest in expanding its product digitisation capabilities to improve supply chain transparency, visibility and sustainability for its brand partners.... read more

Euratex urges swift EU action to build resilient clothing sector

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has renewed its call to the European Commission to help build a more modern and competitive industry amid new figures that show both textile and clothing turnover fell in the second quarter.... read more

More UK fashion brands end use of alpaca in collections

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion brands Next, New Look, Matalan, and Ted Baker have said they will end the use of alpaca in their collections, while River Island, Hunter and Barbour say they have already prohibited the use of the fibre.... read more

M&S brings back Shwopping recycling programme

2 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, homewares and food retailer Marks & Spencer hope to continue to keep clothing out of landfill with the return of its Shwopping recycling scheme.... read more