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China still dominates apparel sourcing 12 Feb 2018

Leonie Barrie

The latest full-year data on US apparel import trends for 2017 suggests China will remain the dominant sourcing region for some time to come.


Retail's rapid transformation requires "platform thinking" 29 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

There’s no doubt the retail industry is undergoing rapid transformation as technology continues to reshape how retailers think about their supply chains and meeting their customers’ needs. But to position themselves for future growth, they must adopt "platform thinking" and offer a radically diverse sets of experiences.


NAFTA trade talks inch forward 22 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Negotiators are meeting this week for the sixth round of NAFTA trade talks – and as soon as this deal has been repackaged, the spotlight could turn to the US free trade agreement with Central America.


How can apparel firms stay competitive into the future? 15 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Continuing with the publication of our Outlook 2018 reports last week, we looked at what apparel firms should be doing now if they want to remain competitive into the future.


First look at 2018 8 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

2018 is set to be a year in which disruptive trends that have been on the horizon start to become the norm for the apparel industry and its supply chain


What caused the biggest stir on just-style in 2017? 2 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Welcome back, and Happy New Year to you all.


Five sourcing trends – and what they mean 19 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

The changing dynamics of world textile and apparel trade are closely linked to the shifting sourcing and supply chain strategies of fashion brands and retailers. And according to a special just-style analysis of the latest World Trade Organization (WTO) data, there are five key patterns worth watching.


just-style market research sale 11 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

Are you planning for the year ahead and beyond? Well this week we’re offering great deals on some of our market research...


Gearing up for the holiday shopping season 11 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

The volume of US apparel imports saw an increase in October on the prior year as retailers geared up for the holiday shopping season. Bangladesh booked the second highest growth behind India, reversing four consecutive months of declines.


Innovations to boost sustainability 5 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group, the world's largest woven shirt maker, is pushing ahead with the pursuit of sustainable and holistic quality.


Sign up to try new re:source apparel sourcing tool for free 1 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

The old saying "Good things come to those who wait" is certainly true for re:source, the new suite of data-driven sourcing tools being developed by the team here at just-style.


State of Sourcing Survey 2018 – Final reminder 27 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

A final reminder that just-style’s State of Sourcing Survey 2018 will be closing at the end of the week – so if you haven’t already taken part, then now is the time to do so.


The challenge of navigating a rapidly-changing landscape 27 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands, retailers and manufacturers are still trying to work out the best way to navigate this rapidly-changing landscape.


A confusing mix of sustainable cotton options 20 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely complicates the decision-making process for so many firms.


Have your say – Take part in just-style’s State of Sourcing survey 6 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

The global apparel industry and its supply chain is going through a period of unprecedented change. How do you and your colleagues see the outlook for 2018? And what strategies are you likely to be turning to in the year ahead?


Under Armour's strategic deep dives 6 Nov 2017

Leonie Barrie

Amid signs of a slowdown in its North American business, US sportswear brand Under Armour has made a number of "strategic deep dives" into strategy, supply chain, product, marketing and sales as a precursor to speeding business and brand-right decisions.


Esquel Group on a sustainability mission 30 Oct 2017

Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has made it its mission to weave sustainability into its core values, and across a vertical supply chain that spans every step from cotton farming to retail.


Trump trade probe could have costs for cotton 16 Oct 2017

Leonie Barrie

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway last week as part of the Trump administration's probe into China's intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and, as we investigate, could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers.


Stop negotiating and bring in the engineers 9 Oct 2017

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 2017

Leonie Barrie

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


just-style readership survey 2017 – Final reminder 26 Sep 2017

Leonie Barrie

We’re currently carrying out a survey to get a better understanding of the issues that matter the most to our readers, and how we can better serve you in the future.


Why China continues to lead apparel sourcing 25 Sep 2017

Leonie Barrie

On just-style last week we took an in-depth look at why China is expected to retain its leading role in apparel sourcing for some time to come.


A deep dive to unlocking digitisation's potential 18 Sep 2017

Leonie Barrie

So far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency.


Kingpins Goes to DC – Watch now 12 Sep 2017

Leonie Barrie

The challenges and opportunities facing today’s textile and apparel industry is also explored in the second in a series of expert panel discussions that is now available to watch on demand


Industry outlook positive but disruptive 11 Sep 2017

Leonie Barrie

How is the global apparel sourcing landscape changing? According to executives at last month’s MAGIC fashion trade show in the US, "speed-to-market," "product differentiation" and "inventory control" are some of the most popular buzzwords.


Speed-to-market can be slow to achieve 29 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

It's easy for brands and retailers to see how they can potentially benefit from a successful speed-to-market program – but the irony is that without the support of strategic suppliers, it can be a long and difficult task to achieve alone.


Busana Apparel on an expansion drive 21 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

Busana Apparel Group, 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. The company’s chairman Maniwanen Marimutu spoke with just-style about the firm’s ambitions.


Act now to keep receiving just-style newsletters 14 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

You may have noticed a red alert bar at the top of just-style’s weekly and daily newsletters asking you to “Act now to keep receiving the just-style newsletter.”


Apparel imports into the US rose in June 14 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

Apparel imports into the US rose in June as merchants stocked up for summer and prepared for the back-to-school season, with imports from Vietnam continuing to surge.


US retailers under pressure to grow sales as mall traffic slows 7 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

Under Armour is to close stores and cut jobs – around 2% of the company's global workforce – as part of new plans to build a stronger and smarter company with faster go-to-market speed and greater digital capabilities.


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