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Michelle Russell

What should suppliers do when retailers go bust?

12 July 2018 | Michelle Russell

Difficult trading conditions on the high street, increased online competition, rising costs and low consumer confidence are pushing retail bankruptcies to record-highs. Yet while the store closures and redundancies are widely reported, the fallout is also reverberating further along the supply chain.... read more

Sporting goods sector welcomes EU-Vietnam FTA text

8 February 2016 | Michelle Russell

The European sporting goods industry has welcomed the release of the text of the region's trade deal with Vietnam, which is expected to help trigger a new wave of high quality investment in both directions.... read more

Argentina issues regulations for textiles and footwear

8 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Argentina has issued new regulations for the import of textile and footwear products that requires exporters to state the composition of fibres or materials contained in the product.... read more

US apparel production growth gives mixed message

6 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Apparel production in the US was up in the third quarter for the first time in many years - indicating sustained economic recovery but also suggesting efforts to grow domestic manufacturing may be starting to take hold.... read more

Long-term links have little impact on buying practices

22 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

The length of a relationship between buyers and suppliers has little impact on the nature of buying practices, new research has found, with many suppliers finding little incentive to be compliant to buyer codes of conduct.... read more

ELeather validates recycle claims with certification

26 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK company ELeather has been certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) by Control Union Certifications, an independent third-party, to give assurance to its customers that its latest materials contain a significant portion of recycled leather.... read more

India footwear and leather suppliers firm up footprint in Australia

4 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

A large delegation of Indian footwear and leather suppliers will be present at this year’s three-day Footwear and Leather Show in Melbourne.... read more

New carbon-based material keeps footwear fresh

22 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have developed a new carbon-based material they say could revolutionise moisture control in applications as diverse as electronics, packaging, air conditioning – and keeping footwear fresh.... read more

Ceylon Leather Products achieves ISO quality certification

26 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan footwear manufacturer Ceylon Leather Products Plc has achieved the ISO 9001:2015 certification for the quality management systems across its operations, and says it is the country's first leather product and footwear manufacturer to do so.... read more

US footwear trade and sourcing snapshot

26 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 4% to US$23.8bn last year on the back of a sizeable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports, an annual trade report has shown.... read more

US: Court rules Deckers sandal is not a sports shoe

19 May 2014 | Michelle Russell

The US Court of Appeal has ruled that Deckers' Teva sports sandals are classified as other slip-on footwear and not as sports footwear.... read more

Ex-Wellco execs accused of 'Made in US' footwear fraud

26 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

Five former executives and management personnel at military footwear firm Wellco Enterprise have been indicted in the US for claiming its boots were manufactured in the US when they were actually imported from China. ... read more

China remains powerhouse for footwear sourcing

27 July 2016 | Michelle Russell

China looks set to remain the powerhouse of global footwear manufacturing and a key supplier to the US, despite Vietnam gaining ground, a new report has found. ... read more

China cotton imports fall as rest of Asia rises

3 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

China will likely remain the world’s largest cotton importer in 2015/16, but its share of world imports has fallen from 55% in 2011/12 to 22% in 2014/15, and may only reach 17% this year, new forecasts suggest. ... read more

DNA tagging to scale up on leather supply chain

2 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

A year-long research project to DNA-tag leather from farm to finished product has proved successful, according to the consortium that carried out the trial.... read more

Pure Origin sourcing show includes fabric focus

25 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Pure Origin, a new sourcing platform launching at this year’s Pure London trade fashion show, will showcase a curated fabric pavillion featuring premium fabric suppliers displaying their latest collections and demonstrating customisation capabilities.... read more

Welspun India inks deal to promote Egyptian cotton

15 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Welspun India, a subsidiary of the company embroiled in controversy last year over the provenance of its cotton, is launching a US$3m initiative with the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA) to promote Egyptian cotton products worldwide.... read more

Egypt's textile exports reach US$673m in 10 months

21 November 2017 | Michelle Russell

Egypt's textile exports reached US$673m in the first ten months of the year, new figures show, with Turkey remaining the top top importer.... read more

Islamic State cotton risk low for European brands

5 January 2017 | Michelle Russell

The risk of Syrian cotton associated with the Islamic State entering the supply chains of European fashion brands is low, new research suggests, but raw material from the country will remain tarnished by its links to terrorist and sectarian groups.... read more

ICAC unveils World Cotton Calendar

26 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has unveiled a World Cotton Calendar, offering the latest data on area, production and yield.... read more

US: Südwolle responds to demand with first US facility

8 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Südwolle Group is to open a distribution facility in North Carolina, making it the company's first US location.... read more

US: Burlington develops 'Just US' worsted wool fabrics

23 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Burlington, a division of International Textile Group, has developed a line of worsted wool fabrics woven and finished in the US.... read more

HONG KONG: Advisory Committee brainstorms on cashmere forum

24 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

An advisory committee for the Cashmere World forum is developing a programme of speakers for this year's event, which it says will be designed to "propel the industry to another level".... read more

JAMAICA: Secures $11m grant to revive cotton industry

21 February 2014 | Michelle Russell

The Jamaica Agricultural Development Foundation (JADF) has secured an US$11m grant from the Japanese Government to help revitalise its West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC) industry.... read more

Cotton-4 group must reposition to grow trade

31 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Cotton-4 group of West African cotton-producing countries – Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad and Mali – will need to reposition themselves in the markets of emerging cotton importers like Bangladesh and Vietnam if they are to grow their trade, the WTO has said. ... read more

Pakistan suspends India cotton imports

30 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

Pakistan is understood to have suspended the import of cotton and other agriculture commodities from India due to rising tensions between the two countries.... read more

Safety firm UL opens Vietnam textile testing facility

21 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

Global safety and certification company UL has opened its first consumer product testing facility in Vietnam, providing new capacity to help the country deliver on its global supply chain aspirations. ... read more

Global cotton supply "abundant" despite rising consumption

5 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

Cotton production in the southern hemisphere is expected to increase in 2015/16, despite low international cotton prices, according to new forecasts.... read more

Low cotton prices lead to government intervention

19 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has trimmed its forecast for world average cotton prices in 2014-15, and notes that a combination of low prices and high production costs has incited governments in many large cotton-producing countries to take steps to help growers.... read more

International Cotton Association appoints Lea president

17 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Association (ICA) has appointed Jordan Lea as its president as part of a newly-elected leadership team.... read more

BRAZIL: Cotton farmers threaten trade retaliation

17 January 2014 | Michelle Russell

The National Cotton Council has expressed its disappointment over reported comments made by Brazilian cotton producers that a new US farm bill is unlikely to address their concerns and that "retaliation" could be the only option.... read more

CHINA: Yarn Expo exhibitors optimistic about cotton price

4 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Exhibitors at the Yarn Expo Autumn in Shanghai this year are optimistic about the dropping cotton price, with Chinese yarn makers keen to use the event to grow their businesses.... read more

Global yarn and fabric production falls in Q3

16 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

Lower output in Asia and Europe resulted in a 1.3% drop in global yarn production in the third quarter, while global fabric production also fell, with all regions showing declines.... read more

US cotton planting forecast for 2015 down

9 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

US cotton producers intend to plant 9.4m acres of cotton this spring, down 14.6% from 2014, a survey has found.... read more

Cargill to "close Zimbabwe operations"

17 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

International conglomerate Cargill is understood to have closed its Zimbabwe cotton business citing operational challenges.... read more