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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

Pandemic impact increases supply chain risk

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Covid-19 pandemic remains the top disruptor of supply chains, new data shows, with its impacts resulting in an increase in cargo theft, smuggling and child labour.... 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

Flexport launches impact dashboard for global trade

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Freight forwarding company Flexport has launched an ‘Impact Dashboard’ to support customers in their efforts to track and participate in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) opportunities.... 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

Asos commits to tackle supply chain slavery risks

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Asos has signed the Anti-Slavery International Charter, committing to help eradicate slavery, forced labour, and child labour in fashion supply chains. ... 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

Aditya Birla "low Risk" in CanopyStyle viscose audit

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more

DyStar adds to its Cadira sustainable solutions line

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar has added a new sustainable scour-dyeing process and a further Cadira module for exhaust processing of polyester/cellulosic blends.... 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

YKK commits to cut emissions across operations

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fastener manufacturer YKK has set out its new sustainability vision, which will serve as a roadmap to the company achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.... 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

Teijin CEO signs UN statement on global cooperation

9 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The CEO of polyester fibres and products converting company Teijin Limited has signed the UN Global Compact’s statement that brings business leaders together for cooperation in the areas of sustainability and inclusivity.... read more

Unlocking the garment export potential of India and Bangladesh

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

It's easy to blame the coronavirus or recession for some of the problems facing the garment export industry. But what if the issues are more deep-rooted? The real challenge is to separate out the noise and draw up practical strategies based on accurate information, garment industry specialist David Birnbaum explained on a recent webinar. Using Bangladesh and India as examples, he suggested solutions to help realise their potential.... read more

World merchandise trade exceeding expectations in 2020

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

World merchandise trade is expected to decline by 9.2% this year, less than previously forecast and exceeding expectations to date, thanks to a surge in trade in June and July as lockdowns were eased.... read more

Material Exchange to link supplier selection to Eurofins testing

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Material Exchange database is to offer Eurofins material test reports to help provide much-needed transparency for brands and retailers using its platform.... 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

Fairtrade secures funding for Indian cotton farmers

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fairtrade has received EUR80,000 (US$94,225) in funding from German development agency GIZ to support smallholder cotton farmers fighting the impact of Covid-19 in India.... 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