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Africa garment industry embarks on digital roadmap

Is Africa prepared for significant change in the way that its clothing and textile manufacturing sector does business, ranging from the desi...

Nicaragua leads August surge in US apparel imports

Apparel imports into the US rose month-on-month in August as retailers remained focused on the back-to-school season and started to bring in...

Supply chain spared in recent Mexico earthquakes

Hundreds of garment workers are thought to have perished when two textile factories collapsed in last month's earthquake near Mexico City, a...

Strategies to survive in a declining market

Surviving in a declining market is the biggest challenge for the discount/mass-market retailers and suppliers of commodity products such as...

Latest Interviews

Busana expands to build business with leading brands – Interview 17 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

For a business that even its chairman Maniwanen Marimutu admits is "low profile," Busana Apparel Group has high ambitions. Here he tells just-style how Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and eyeing new products as it builds the business to lead in each of its categories.

How C&A Foundation is trying to transform fashion 27 Jun 2017

Michelle Russell

Driven by concerns the fashion industry isn't working to improve the lives of the 150 million people who make our clothes, the C&A Foundation is tasked with the single goal of making it a force for good. Here executive director Leslie Johnston tells just-style how the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A is trying to be the catalyst that transforms the sector to be both sustainable and responsible.

Latest News

US retail sales hit two-year high 16 Oct 17

Beth Wright

US retail sales booked the largest increase in more than two years in September, as recovery efforts got under-way in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

US retailers warn of "backward looking" NAFTA deal 16 Oct 17

Michelle Russell

The trade association representing US retailers has said many of the key proposals for the modernisation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not forward-looking enough and may do more harm than good.

Apparel brands pledge to use 25% more recycled polyester by 2020 16 Oct 17

Beth Wright

More than 45 textile, apparel and retail companies—including Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc, H&M, Lindex, Target and Timberland—have pledged to commit to or support an increase in their use of recycled polyester (rPET) by at least 25% by 2020.

India research institute to ramp up textile R&D 16 Oct 17

Michelle Russell

One of India's leading textile research institutes is to intensify its research and development into the textile and apparel industry in a bid to try to overcome challenges facing the sector and capitalise on rising costs in China.

Inditex supplier unions work to boost labour rights 16 Oct 17

Beth Wright

A workshop in Vietnam has seen 33 trade union leaders from Inditex supplier garment factory unions review their network's activities for 2017, exchange best practices and set the agenda for 2018 as part of their role to implement a pledge made by the Spanish clothing giant to protect and promote labour conditions throughout its entire supply chain.

Clothing companies do not care enough about the environment 13 Oct 17

Beth Wright

The majority of brands and retailers take no action against climate change or water pollution, with only a select few – including H&M, Nike, Adidas and Mammut – concerned about the environment, a new report suggests.

Latest blogs

Stop negotiating and bring in the engineers 9 Oct 17

Leonie Barrie

Surviving in a declining market is the biggest challenge for discount/mass-market retailers and suppliers of commodity products such as basic T-shirts, hoodies or cotton men's shirts – which is why it’s time to stop negotiating and bring in the engineers.

The implications of buyer purchasing practices 3 Oct 17

Leonie Barrie

New research has delved into one relatively underexplored aspect of global supply chains: how buyer purchasing practices impact wages and working conditions.

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