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What next for the Bangladesh Accord? 4 May 2021

Beth Wright

In the wake of the eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, just-style continues to look at issues around the tragedy. Two initiatives were set up in the aftermath of the incident to oversee the country's clothing factories for fire, electrical and structural issues – the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The Accord’s tenure comes to an end next month, and there are serious concerns for garment workers if another agreement is not signed soon.


Call for safe Bangladesh garment factories continues 4 May 2021

Michelle Russell

The eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed over 1,000 garment workers and injured thousands more, took place at the weekend. To coincide with the event there have been calls for consumers to campaign for safe factories for garment workers.


Why sustainability must drive fashion's Covid reset 19 Apr 2021

Hannah Abdulla

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented the apparel industry with an opportunity to pause, reflect and rethink its future. Winners in this new post-Covid world will be those that reset with sustainability in mind – shifting to more circular business models that move away from the traditional 'take-make-waste' system and allow for more transparency along the supply chain with greater cohesion between brands and suppliers.


Contingency planning must include cargo transport pinch-points 12 Apr 2021

Leonie Barrie

The ongoing fallout from the Ever Given blockage of the Suez Canal was among top stories on just-style last week, with mounting concerns about bottlenecks and container shortages impacting European garment supply chains. 


Myanmar workers urge brands to offer more support 6 Apr 2021

Beth Wright

Myanmar's garment workers are calling on global fashion brands to condemn the country's military coup, provide meaningful support for their protests and to not order from factories that support the regime.


Forced labour issues in Xinjiang rumble on 29 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

The ongoing issue of forced labour in cotton-hub Xinjiang took a number of turns last week, including a backlash by Chinese consumers against Western fashion and footwear brands, calls for boycotts extending to more companies and domestic firms pledging their support for the raw material.


UK urged for tougher measures on Xinjiang forced labour 29 Mar 2021

Hannah Abdulla

UK firms are unable to guarantee their supply chains are free of forced labour of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, China, a government committee has warned, as it calls for tougher anti-modern slavery requirements and measures to force firms to eradicate forced labour in their supply chains.


Lockdowns "killing" Bangladesh garment industry 19 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

The owner of a jeans manufacturer in Bangladesh is warning of a grave humanitarian crisis in the country if fashion stores in key export markets do not reopen for business soon. In an open letter to governments in the EU, UK and US, Mostafiz Uddin, the managing director of manufacturer Denim Expert Limited, says ongoing lockdowns in Western markets are killing Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry.


Boohoo Group urged to link bonuses to sustainability progress 8 Mar 2021

Beth Wright

The chairman of UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group is being urged to provide an update on some of the commitments he made to politicians in December – including whether executive bonuses will be linked to progress on workers' rights and sustainability.


Brands urged to condemn Myanmar coup 1 Mar 2021

Michelle Russell

Fashion brands and retailers sourcing in Myanmar are now being urged to take action to help end the military coup in the country – including publicly joining international condemnation of the takeover.


Environmental supply chain risks to cost companies $120bn 22 Feb 2021

Hannah Abdulla

Companies face up to US$120bn in costs from environmental risks in their supply chains by 2026. Those failing to take responsibility for supply chain impacts will fall behind, while businesses who manage and reduce risk through collaboration will become more competitive and resilient.


New sourcing hubs the solution to avoid Xinjiang cotton? 15 Feb 2021

Leonie Barrie

As the global apparel industry continues to grapple with the challenges of severing possible links to the use of forced labour in China’s Xinjiang region, new research suggests the way forward is the development of new sourcing hubs.


How Myanmar coup is impacting the apparel industry 8 Feb 2021

Beth Wright

Last week's military coup in Myanmar puts foreign investment at risk, poses the threat of trade sanctions, and may prompt some clothing companies to sever their sourcing ties with the country.


Acquisitive Boohoo eyeing up Arcadia brands 1 Feb 2021

Michelle Russell

UK online fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has confirmed it is in talks with the administrators of Arcadia to potentially snap up the Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, and Burton brands, less than a week after inking a deal to acquire the global rights to the Debenhams brands and websites for GBP55m (US$75.2m).


The key trends reshaping apparel sourcing in 2021 25 Jan 2021

Hannah Abdulla

The clothing industry and its supply chains were riddled with problems long before Covid-19 – but it took a global pandemic to push them to the fore. Many companies are already changing the way they operate, and it's clear the ramifications will continue well into 2021 and beyond.


Continued volatility and uncertainty set to characterise 2021 18 Jan 2021

Leonie Barrie

just-style’s annual look at key issues likely to impact the apparel industry and its global supply chain in the year ahead begins with a roundup of potential challenges and opportunities in 2021.


The secret of becoming a preferred sourcing base 11 Jan 2021

Beth Wright

From capacity to price, stability, sustainability and quality, various sourcing factors affect the choice of apparel sourcing destinations. But which matter most to fashion brands and retailers? And what's the secret of becoming a preferred sourcing base?


Happy New Year! 4 Jan 2021

Michelle Russell

Welcome back, and a very Happy New Year to you all.


Asia's garment sector at a critical juncture 21 Dec 2020

Michelle Russell

The Asian garment sector is at a critical juncture, having been left reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. While industry experts expect the region to continue to dominate global garment production in the future, they say the crisis will shape manufacturing in Asia for years to come.


Sourcing powerhouse China sees shipments surge 14 Dec 2020

Leonie Barrie

Talks about the demise of China are premature. The sourcing powerhouse saw its October apparel exports increase year-on-year for the first time in 14 months.


10 trends set to shape the fashion industry in 2021 7 Dec 2020

Beth Wright

The Covid-19 crisis has decimated the global fashion industry and its supply chains – and its impact is likely to weigh on the sector until at least 2022, according to a new report. With recovery set to take time and different paths in all regions, there are ten themes that will shape priorities for the year ahead.


How TAL Apparel is raising the bar on face masks 30 Nov 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Having built its reputation as an 'Innofacturer' of added value clothing, it was a logical next step for Hong Kong-based garment giant TAL Apparel to apply this same approach to reinventing the face mask – as CEO Roger Lee tells just-style.


Will a troubled presidential transition add to apparel industry woes? 23 Nov 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The US apparel industry faces many problems these days – not least of which is a potentially turbulent transition to the Biden Administration and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Building an interconnected global trade network 16 Nov 2020

Leonie Barrie

Banking giant HSBC is focusing on the apparel industry with a new digital B2B platform that enables retailers and brands, manufacturers and suppliers to build trusted relationships, exchange data, and tap into new technologies.


US apparel imports continue upward trajectory 9 Nov 2020

Beth Wright

The volume of US apparel imports continued to climb in September on the month prior as business picked up for retailers following the pandemic lockdown. Year-on-year was a different picture, however, with shipments continuing to fall. Indonesia and China recorded the largest declines.


Covid-19 shines a light on new supplier and brand relationships 2 Nov 2020

Michelle Russell

Amid the challenges and ongoing uncertainty thrown up by the global coronavirus pandemic, some apparel and footwear brands and retailers appear to be engaging more with their suppliers in key areas like planning and forecasting, according to the 2020 Better Buying Index Report.


Covid-19 remains top disruptor of supply chains 26 Oct 2020

Hannah Abdulla

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.


Garment workers still feeling pandemic impact 19 Oct 2020

Leonie Barrie

An analysis of trade data on apparel imports into the US and EU appears to show that buyers cancelled orders worth at least US$16.2bn between April and June this year. The shortfall leaves massive arrears, with severe short and long-term impacts for workers and suppliers.


China leads US apparel import declines in August 12 Oct 2020

Beth Wright

US apparel imports continued to climb in August as retail sales bounced back from the pandemic and merchants replenished inventories and stocked up early for the holiday season.


Walmart deal set to accelerate Asda strategy 7 Oct 2020

Michelle Russell

US retail giant Walmart is to sell its UK supermarket chain Asda to the Issa brothers, founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, a global convenience and forecourts retailer, and private equity firm TDR Capital for GBP6.8bn (US$8.8bn). The deal is expected to accelerate Asda's strategy and build on the retailer's low-price heritage.


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