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60% of Adidas products to be made with green materials in 2021

4 January 2021 | Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas says more than 60% of all its products will be made with sustainable materials in 2021 in a move that takes it closer to its objective of ending plastic waste.... read more


EU backs New Cotton Project in fight against textile waste

24 November 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Union is pumping EUR6.75m (US$8.01m) into a new project that aims to offer a valuable solution for textile waste and an alternative to the fashion and textile sectors' reliance on virgin materials like cotton.... read more


Adidas poised to sell Reebok?

22 October 2020 | Beth Wright

German sporting goods giant Adidas is said to be mulling a sale of its Reebok business, which it acquired in 2006 for US$3.8bn.... read more


Adidas enlists consumer help to close the loop

21 October 2020 | Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas is turning to consumers to help better understand how it can close the loop as part of its ‘Made to be Remade’ project.... read more


Adidas to invest in sustainable materials with first green bond

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear giant Adidas has placed its first ‘green bond’ as part of plans by the company to execute on its long-term sustainability roadmap, while also optimising its capital structure and financing costs.... read more


Sateri says Covid-19 is an industry wake up call

29 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has kept its foot firmly on the gas in recent months, with milestones that include starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial-scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic.... read more


Mounting pressure for Xinjiang cotton ban

21 September 2020 | Leonie Barrie

As pressure mounts on the global apparel industry to ban all cotton-made goods from China's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns, US lawmakers have been told such a move would "wreak unending havoc" on global supply chains.... read more


Covid-19 is fashion's sustainability catalyst

14 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Though sustainability and ethics fell under the radar at the start of the Covid-19 crisis as many retailers struggled to survive, more enlightened players realised it was an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in an area that would soon return to the top of consumers' agendas. Those leading the way will be able to reach a new, more sustainability-conscious audience, as well as helping to set standards for the sector.... read more


Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more


Trade tensions and tariffs add to industry woes

2 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Trade tensions and tariffs are among the top concerns facing US companies operating in China this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also making a prominent appearance, all breeding uncertainty into the business environment.... read more


China hammered on all fronts in US apparel trade

24 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Mid-way through 2020 and the impact of the global coronavirus on US apparel supplier countries is starting to become clear. Among the changes, sourcing powerhouse China has seen its unit prices tumble 17%.... read more


Pandemic sees garment workers underpaid by up to $5.8bn

17 August 2020 | Beth Wright

A new report has claimed garment and footwear factory workers globally could have been underpaid by as much as US$5.79bn for the months of March, April, and May.... read more


New fashion retail landscape emerging

10 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.... read more


Adidas moves to Q2 loss as sales slide by more than a third

6 August 2020 | Beth Wright

German sportswear group Adidas has reported a loss for the second quarter as net sales tumbled by more than a third amid temporary store closures related to the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more


Adidas extends Rorsted tenure for five years

5 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear group Adidas has extended the appointment of CEO Kasper Rorsted by another five years.... read more


Tackling greenhouse gas emissions in fashion supply chains

3 August 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions – making it imperative that fashion supply chains find more environmentally friendly ways of operating. The journey starts with the first step of understanding and measuring the impacts.... read more


Does the clothing supply chain need to push the reset button? 

27 July 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The global apparel and textile industry supply chain is in need of a complete reset if it is to survive beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, and this could mean changing to a demand-driven calendar, embracing 'stratification', and distributing margin differently.... read more


Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

27 July 2020 | just-style

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ... read more


UK government urged to protect Leicester garment workers

20 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Campaigners in the UK are calling for the government to provide practical support to protect all workers in the Leicester garment industry, including the payment of unpaid wages and benefit... read more


Leicester garment industry dominates headlines

13 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.... read more


US apparel imports slump 58% year-on-year in May

6 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

US apparel imports in May fell by 58% against the same month last year as the global garment industry continued to crumble under the coronavirus pandemic. However, there was a resurgence in shipments from Central America and Mexico as retailers appear to have turned to those suppliers closest to home as stores started to reopen.... read more


Garments on Hangers – Strategies for a digital world

29 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

"To hang or to box" is a question that has long been debated within the fashion retail supply chain. With companies now emerging from the coronavirus pandemic looking to reconfigure their supply chains to withstand future disruptions, the way garments are moved from factory to consumer is a critical consideration as the industry pivots to a digital future... read more


Brands re-evaluating Cambodia sourcing strategy

24 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

European garment brands including H&M are weighing up what their future sourcing strategies in Cambodia will look like as the country looks set to be partially stripped of its Everything but Arms (EBA) trade benefit in August.... read more


Cambodia's apparel industry particularly vulnerable to EU trade curb

22 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Cambodia's garment industry, already buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic, is set for a further hit after the European Union decided to suspend duty-free access for some products from 12 August over "systematic" human rights violations. Here we look at the potential impact and possible shift in trade patterns.... read more


Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

16 June 2020 | just-style

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.... read more


Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic

15 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.... read more


Financing problems gum up the supply chain

8 June 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The global garment sector has been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey across multiple industries – with supply chain disruption the top challenge.... read more


Adidas returns to sales growth in Greater China

4 June 2020 | Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas says revenue has returned to growth earlier than expected in Greater China after stores were temporarily closed in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus and now expects second-quarter sales in the region to be around the prior-year level. ... read more


US retail stores close amid civil unrest across the country

3 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Adidas and Target Corp are among a number of retailers in the US to have closed stores or postponed openings in response to the civil unrest taking place across the country over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.... read more


UK fashion retailers get green light to open from 15 June

1 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing stores in the UK will be allowed to reopen from 15 June in newly announced plans from the government.... read more


Adidas and Allbirds aim for lowest carbon footprint sports shoe

29 May 2020 | Beth Wright

Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds has joined forces with German sportswear giant Adidas to develop a sports performance shoe with what they say will be the lowest ever carbon footprint.... read more


Covid sparks calls for more responsible industry

26 May 2020 | Beth Wright

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands and retailers cancelled orders. But it could also lead to re-thinking on the sustainability front, industry executives say.... read more


Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up

18 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.... read more


Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes

12 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US.... read more


Labour rights set to worsen across Asia’s garment sector

4 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

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


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