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Tackling greenhouse gas emissions in fashion supply chains 3 Aug 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions – making it imperative that fashion supply chains find more environmentally friendly ways of operating. The journey starts with the first step of understanding and measuring the impacts.


Does the clothing supply chain need to push the reset button?  27 Jul 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The global apparel and textile industry supply chain is in need of a complete reset if it is to survive beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, and this could mean changing to a demand-driven calendar, embracing 'stratification', and distributing margin differently.


UK government urged to protect Leicester garment workers 20 Jul 2020

Beth Wright

Campaigners in the UK are calling for the government to provide practical support to protect all workers in the Leicester garment industry, including the payment of unpaid wages and benefit


Leicester garment industry dominates headlines 13 Jul 2020

Michelle Russell

UK fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has dominated the headlines in the last week after media reports surfaced of exploitation and unsafe conditions at one of its Leicester-based supplier factories, which is reportedly paying staff just GBP3.50 (US$4.38) an hour.


US apparel imports slump 58% year-on-year in May 6 Jul 2020

Leonie Barrie

US apparel imports in May fell by 58% against the same month last year as the global garment industry continued to crumble under the coronavirus pandemic. However, there was a resurgence in shipments from Central America and Mexico as retailers appear to have turned to those suppliers closest to home as stores started to reopen.


Garments on Hangers – Strategies for a digital world 29 Jun 2020

Hannah Abdulla

"To hang or to box" is a question that has long been debated within the fashion retail supply chain. With companies now emerging from the coronavirus pandemic looking to reconfigure their supply chains to withstand future disruptions, the way garments are moved from factory to consumer is a critical consideration as the industry pivots to a digital future


Cambodia's apparel industry particularly vulnerable to EU trade curb 22 Jun 2020

Beth Wright

Cambodia's garment industry, already buffeted by the coronavirus pandemic, is set for a further hit after the European Union decided to suspend duty-free access for some products from 12 August over "systematic" human rights violations. Here we look at the potential impact and possible shift in trade patterns.


Industry weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic 15 Jun 2020

Michelle Russell

Trust, people and partnerships – key tenets underpinning fashion supplier and sourcing powerhouse PDS Group – have been tested to the limit during the coronavirus pandemic. But they've also stood the business in good stead, helping to not only weather the storm but reposition it to emerge even stronger from the crisis.


Financing problems gum up the supply chain 8 Jun 2020

Leonie Barrie

The global garment sector has been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey across multiple industries – with supply chain disruption the top challenge.


UK fashion retailers get green light to open from 15 June 1 Jun 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Clothing stores in the UK will be allowed to reopen from 15 June in newly announced plans from the government.


Covid sparks calls for more responsible industry 26 May 2020

Beth Wright

The coronavirus pandemic is seen as triggering a set-back for labour rights in apparel supply chains, with workers left vulnerable as brands and retailers cancelled orders. But it could also lead to re-thinking on the sustainability front, industry executives say.


Retail in spotlight as bankruptcies stack up 18 May 2020

Michelle Russell

The impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is starting to be felt more heavily across the retail sector with more bankruptcies emerging.


Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes 12 May 2020

Leonie Barrie

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US.


Labour rights set to worsen across Asia’s garment sector 4 May 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Labour rights are set to worsen in Asia's garment sector as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the region – with knock-on implications for fashion companies trying to maintain supply chains from these locations.


Industry efforts to support garment factories & workers through Covid-19 27 Apr 2020

Beth Wright

Apparel brands and retailers – including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, Inditex, M&S and Primark – have joined employer organisations, unions and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to push for emergency funding to support garment factories and workers through the Covid-19 pandemic.


Concerns mount as Covid-19 impacts supplier orders 20 Apr 2020

Michelle Russell

The coronavirus (Covid-19) continued to dominate our news coverage last week as supplier orders continue to be cancelled, apparel sales continue to plummet, and industry jobs remain on the line.


Preparing fashion for a post-coronavirus world 14 Apr 2020

Leonie Barrie

While there are no playbooks to guide the apparel industry through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, thoughts are turning to ways to prepare for a post-coronavirus world.


How might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade 8 Apr 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The fast spread of the coronavirus around the globe has created an unprecedented situation for the world economy. But how might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade? 


Covid-19 leads to countrywide lockdowns 30 Mar 2020

Beth Wright

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause chaos throughout the global apparel industry, with countrywide lockdowns and the switch of production to personal protective equipment (PPE) all dominating our Covid-19 coverage last week.  


Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on industry 23 Mar 2020

Michelle Russell

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the global apparel industry and its supply chain continued to dominate content on just-style over the past week.


Coronavirus continues to disrupt retail and supply chains 18 Mar 2020

Leonie Barrie

It’s resilience – not re-shoring – that clothing buyers should be seeking from their supply chains in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Coronavirus continues disruption of apparel and textile supply chain 9 Mar 2020

Michelle Russell

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands.


Central America clothing suppliers warn on delays due to coronavirus 2 Mar 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Central American garment suppliers are fretting over delays of up to a month in essential Chinese fabric supplies as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.


China clothing factories struggling to get back on track 24 Feb 2020

Beth Wright

China's clothing and textile makers are struggling to get back on track amid the continuing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic – telling just-style that quarantined workers, travel restrictions and material delays are disrupting production and causing ongoing uncertainty.


Apparel supply concerns hit as coronavirus impact builds 17 Feb 2020

Michelle Russell

Novel coronavirus (now officially named 2019-nCo) is continuing to shake up China’s supply chain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 17 February 2020 there have been 71,329 confirmed cases in 26 countries – with by far the majority (70,635) in China.


China coronavirus impact continues to evolve 10 Feb 2020

Leonie Barrie

Top stories on just-style last week were again dominated by the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, with a look at what it means for US apparel and retail, how it could impact China's polyester production, and concerns regarding cargo capacity and delays.


Coronavirus and its impact on fashion supply chains 3 Feb 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The world economy in general, and the apparel industry in particular, depend on hugely complex, globalised, supply chains. So what are the consequences of the new 'Wuhan novel coronavirus'? And what is the potential impact of the coronavirus on global fashion retailers and their supply chains?


US-China trade deal brings limited benefits for apparel firms 27 Jan 2020

Beth Wright

The 'Phase One' trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.


US apparel imports down four months in a row 13 Jan 2020

Leonie Barrie

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs.


Global apparel prices on the rise 23 Dec 2019

Leonie Barrie

One effect of the US-China trade war is the rising price of apparel imports – not just from China, but the rest of the world too. 


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