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Ocean carriers ordered to explain spike in charges

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Ocean carriers and marine terminal operators at major US ports are being ordered to explain how they calculate detention and demurrage charges, amid growing concerns that a spike in costs and delays is hitting apparel and footwear retailers, brands and importers.... read more

China and Vietnam lead East Asia pandemic recovery

26 March 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The developing economies of East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) are facing an uneven recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – with China and Vietnam the only countries seeing a V-shaped rebound where output has already surpassed pre-pandemic levels.... read more

Covid-19 adds to pressure to move supply out of China

6 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Around 33% of supply chain leaders have moved sourcing and manufacturing out of China, or plan to do so in the next two to three years, a new survey has found.... read more

Li & Fung appoints Rana to integrate supply chain solutions

3 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong sourcing giant Li & Fung has appointed long-term company executive Deepika Rana as chief customer officer to integrate the company’s supply chain solutions.... 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

India continues to lead world cotton production

2 October 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Despite ongoing uncertainties in global trade patterns, India will remain the world’s top cotton producer in 2020/21, and the US will continue to be the top exporter, according to a new monthly update. ... read more

Monthly trade programme roundup – September 2020

2 October 2020 | Dr Sheng Lu

The latest round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan covers developments in September 2020.... read more

Global cotton stocks to reach five-year high

2 June 2020 | Beth Wright

Global cotton stocks are set to reach the highest level in five years during the 2019/2020 season as the Covid-19 pandemic knocks both consumption and trade.... read more

Columbia Sportswear aligns leadership with digital focus

30 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Outdoor and activewear maker Columbia Sportswear has reshuffled its senior management team, creating a new chief digital information officer role and announcing the retirement of COO Thomas Cusick next year. ... read more

Ethiopia landmark fund protects garment industry jobs

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK and Germany have set up a landmark US$6.5m fund aimed at saving thousands of jobs in Ethiopia's textile and garment industry while helping to support the country's economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.... read more

Textile Exchange strengthens leadership team

3 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Textile Exchange says it is adding strength and depth to the organisation's leadership in order to help deliver its 2030 Climate+ Vision, with the appointment of a new chief operating officer hired from luxury brand Stella McCartney.... read more

Sainsbury's names new clothing boss as H1 sales plunge

5 November 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury's has appointed a new clothing commercial director amid an 18.3% dive in year-on-year clothing sales and plans to axe about 3,500 jobs.... read more

EU to proceed with tariffs on $4bn of US imports

10 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US has expressed its disappointment that the European Union has decided to proceed with tariffs on US$4bn of US imports every year.... read more

UK's GSP to take effect 1 January 2021

11 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) will take effect from 1 January 2021 following the end of the Brexit transition period, covering the same countries currently eligible for trade preferences under the EU's GSP. ... read more

Retailers without 'Buy Now, Pay Later' will pay the price

24 November 2020 | GlobalData Retail

‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ (BNPL) payment plans such as Klarna, Clearpay, and PayPal Credit have grown increasingly attractive over the past few years, with over one-fifth (21.0%) of UK shoppers using them to make online clothing and footwear purchases during the last 12 months, according to a new survey conducted this month. ... read more

New guide helps retailers with chemical management

27 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

Non-profit Clean Production Action has published a guide for retailers wanting to address consumer and investor concerns about hazardous chemicals in products.... read more

How to adapt your warehouse for the rise of e-commerce

9 February 2021 | Guest author

Over the last year, e-commerce has boomed. Here, Craig Powell from supply chain technology supplier Balloon One, outlines the ways you can adapt your warehouse to keep up with demand.... read more

US cotton planting likely to fall 5.2% in 2021

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US cotton acreage is expected to be down by 5.2% this year, new figures show, as strong competing crop prices prompt farmers to switch to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.... read more

Global cotton stocks to fall by 1% in 2020/21

2 March 2021 | Beth Wright

Global cotton stock levels are expected to drop to 21.1m tonnes by the end of 2020/21 as consumption is set to outpace production. ... read more

Multichannel retailers will lead post-Covid recovery

16 September 2020 | GlobalData Retail

Shopping habits in the US and Europe shifted dramatically because of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, driving rapid adoption and growth in 'buy online, pick up in store' services. And new research reveals that going forward, this combination of online and physical sales channels will form a highly competitive single retail market.... read more

Global textile orders slump by 40% amid Covid-19

22 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global textile orders are down by more than 40% on last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows, with the knitting sector experiencing the worst hit.... 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

Apparel trade activity tumbles 35% in Q2

24 July 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Global trade activity in apparel industry supply chains slumped 35% between the first and second quarters of 2020 – although the rate of decline showed signs of improvement in June.... read more

Covid-19 to weigh on cotton prices into 2020/21 season

4 August 2020 | Beth Wright

Global cotton consumption in 2019/20 is set to suffer a 12% decline as demand plummets due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the crisis expected to weigh on cotton prices into the 2020/21 season.... read more

South Korea's Hansae sets up US manufacturing operation

26 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

South Korean apparel manufacturing giant Hansae Co is investing up to $2m to set up its first US manufacturing operation.... read more

New viscose fibre features inbuilt infrared technology

15 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

What is thought to be the first plant-based fibres with inbuilt technology that captures and converts body heat into infrared energy are being launched for performance wear, luxury loungewear and casual wear.... read more

From Field to Shelf – How a divided America lost its way

15 January 2021 | Robert P Antoshak

As an American, I am embarrassed and humiliated, writes industry consultant Robert Antoshak. It will take us years to overcome the actions of 6 January 2021.... read more

Biden signs 'Made in America' executive order

26 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order aimed at strengthening domestic manufacturing and US supply chains in government procurement.... read more

The post-pandemic global garment industry

27 January 2021 | David Birnbaum

It appears that most garment professionals believe that once we are past the virus pandemic, our industry will return to business as usual. However, what if rather than causing the current problems, the pandemic is at most a catalyst that has exacerbated pre-existing downward trends, asks David Birnbaum.... read more

Centric PLM adds new 3D CAD connector capabilities

29 January 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Centric Software is enhancing its 3D PLM capabilities with the addition of a connector for Dassault Systèmes Solidworks 3D design platform.... read more

Aquafil and Amazon join Ellen MacArthur Foundation

16 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Nylon manufacturer Aquafil and online retail giant Amazon are the latest to commit to working towards circularity in their business practices by joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's circular economy network.... read more

Manufacturers must redesign supply chains to survive Covid

22 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Manufacturers must redesign and reform their global supply chains or global production networks (GPN) if they want to survive and prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study reveals.... read more

US groups urge GSP trade scheme renewal before year-end

9 December 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel industry groups have joined more than 284 companies and trade associations calling for an extension to the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) duty-free programme.... read more

Industry groups praise Biden’s pick for US Trade Representative

11 December 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Plans by President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Katherine Tai as US Trade Representative have been welcomed by groups representing US apparel and textile retailers, importers and manufacturers.... read more

VF Corporation enhances focus on human rights

14 December 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

VF Corp, the owner of brands including Vans and The North Face, has formally endorsed the United Nationals Global Compact and Women's Empowerment Principles, which it says will continue its support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. ... read more