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Li & Fung's Ford appointed WFSGI Asia exec

8 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has appointed Li & Fung executive Helen Ford as senior executive director of its Asia division.... read more

US: Hampshire and Levi Strauss in global sourcing deal

17 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Fashion apparel maker Hampshire Group has signed a global sourcing deal with jeans giant Levi Strauss.... read more

CANADA: Canada joins support for Better Work programme

13 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Canada has joined the UK and the Netherlands is supporting the Better Work programme aimed at improving working conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector.... read more

US: Imposes security checks on ships from Cambodia ports

18 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

The US has imposed stringent security checks on cargo ships that have called at Cambodian ports.... read more

India setting up sea port logistics hubs to boost exports?

17 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

India's government is understood to be establishing logistics hubs near its sea ports as part of a project with the private sector in a move expected to cut out logistical challenges and boost exports.... read more

US retail imports seen slowing in December

8 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to continue to slow down this month, with most holiday merchandise safely in the country despite significant congestion impacting West Coast ports.... read more

ASIA: Lectra Seoul unit to boost its Asia development

4 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Technology solutions provider Lectra says the creation of a new subsidiary in Seoul will contribute to accelerating its development in Asia.... read more

Africa's largest free trade area to launch

29 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

Three trade blocs covering East and Southern Africa have agreed on the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in a bid to boost business and attract foreign investment.... read more

UK textile and garment makers report positive year

22 December 2017 | Michelle Russell

A positive exchange rate boosted UK textile and garment manufacturing in 2017, a new survey suggests, but the key challenge going into the new year will be how to attract workers into the sector.... read more

MAS and Hellmann Worldwide expand logistics joint venture

17 July 2019 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan apparel and fabric conglomerate MAS Holdings and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics are expanding their joint venture logistics and supply chain-related activities with a new logistics centre.... read more

US industry coalition calls for creation of domestic PPE supply chain

22 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

A US coalition of 21 industry associations is calling on Congress and the Trump administration to ensure the creation and maintenance of domestic supply chains capable of producing personal protective equipment (PPE) in sufficient quantities through a number of means, including legislation.... read more

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.... 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

US: Penn University urges apparel licensees to sign Accord

6 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

The University of Pennsylvania has implemented a policy requiring all companies producing its collegiate apparel to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.... read more

Committee calls for greater protection for workers

22 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

More needs to be done to give better protection to workers in non-standard forms of employment, particularly those in temporary or precarious work, a recent conference suggested.... read more

Mulberry urged to intervene in Turkish supplier dispute

10 July 2015 | Michelle Russell

IndustriAll Global Union is calling on luxury goods brand Mulberry to intervene in what it says is an escalating labour dispute at one of its Turkish suppliers.... read more

Vietnam factory checks to address compliance at SMEs

3 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam's Labour Ministry and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have joined forces to carry out inspections at hundreds of small and medium-sized garment and textile factories in the country, in a bid to improve safety and working conditions in the sector.... read more

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) signs Vietnam FTA

2 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with major textile exporter Vietnam, as the Moscow-backed body seeks to boost its presence in Asian markets.... read more

FTAs boost Vietnam's textile and garment exports

5 January 2015 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam's textile and garment exports amounted to over US$24bn in 2014, an increase of 19% on the prior year, with apparel accounting for the lion's share.... read more

COP21 worker provision a "considerable achievement"

16 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

The inclusion of the 'just transition' worker protection provision in the Paris climate change agreement is a "considerable achievement" a union has said, but pressure will continue to be placed on governments to deliver on the commitment.... read more

Police charge 42 with murder over Rana Plaza

2 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Police in Bangladesh have charged the owner of the Rana Plaza complex with murder, for killing more than 1,100 workers, and filed charges against 41 others for their roles in the building collapse.... read more

Bangladesh factory needed sprinkler system

2 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

A Bangladesh garment factory that caught fire at the weekend was listed as needing an automatic sprinkler system installed.... read more

Bangladesh Accord: Factory safety progressing slowly

27 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

Two years after the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was set up, the group says it could still take at least another 18 months before corrective action plans are completed for all factories.... read more

International standards key to Bangladesh Labour Act

27 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has stressed the importance of ensuring the proposed implementation rules for the Bangladesh Labour Act comply with international labour standards.... read more

Aligning tech fostering improved supplier collaboration

29 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Synchronising technology and process between brands and manufacturers can ensure a long-term, sustainable relationship that is more efficient and profitable for both, Lectra informed H&M suppliers in Bangladesh.... read more

Bangladesh government inspects 1,000 factories

24 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Government of Bangladesh efforts to inspect ready-made garment factories for structural, fire and electrical safety have reached the 1,000 mark.... read more

Sourcing seminar key to Bangladesh Denim Expo

30 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

An event showcasing the entire denim supply chain in Bangladesh and beyond is to feature a seminar covering investment trends and global sourcing dynamics.... read more

Momentum building for Better Work Bangladesh

18 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

The Better Work programme in Bangladesh is gathering momentum, with 94 factories having joined the initiative since November last year.... read more

Apparel and textiles rank high on EU alert system

25 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Apparel and textiles were among the top two product categories entering the EU last year, for which corrective measures had to be taken, with China ranked as the number one offending country of origin.... read more

UK: Meet the Manufacturer sourcing event to launch

20 February 2014 | Michelle Russell

The first and only sourcing event exclusively for British clothing, textile and leathergoods manufacturers will open this summer, run by UK organisation Make it British.... read more

UK: Former Claremont Garments execs to open UK factory

5 March 2014 | Michelle Russell

A clothing manufacturer is hoping to capitalise on signs of an apparel trade revival in the UK with the opening of a state-of-the-art textile facility in the north of the country.... read more

BANGLADESH: Standard Group secures financing after blaze

10 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Standard Group has secured a US$50m loan from Bangladesh's central bank, weeks after two of the garment manufacturer's buildings were gutted by a fire.... read more

Bangladesh leads US apparel import growth in September

5 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in September, with seven of the top ten supplier countries booking year-on-year growth. Bangladesh led the pack, posting a solid double-digit gain, with strong increases also recorded by Indonesia, Vietnam, and Pakistan. ... read more

WORLD: Apparel manufacturing growth led by surge in China

16 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

World manufacturing, including apparel, has entered a phase of steady growth after a prolonged period of recession, a new report has revealed, but emerging economies are still experiencing low growth.... read more

UK: Documentary investigates aftermath of Rana Plaza

21 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Over a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, a BBC Two documentary aims to investigate the story of "the worst industrial disaster of the 21st-century".... read more