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Sourcing execs less stressed about cost 24 Jul 2017

Leonie Barrie

The impact of trade protectionism, increasing market competition from e-commerce, and supply chain risk are the top concerns for US fashion industry executives in 2017, a new survey has found, overtaking more traditional worries like cost.


The rise and fall of Bangladesh? 17 Jul 2017

Leonie Barrie

The rise of Bangladesh's garment export industry has been nothing less than spectacular – and until recently it seemed that nothing could stop its growth.


Is Nike's delayed commitment to Amazon costing it sales? 12 Jul 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Sports apparel retailer Nike's delay in committing to a solid sales partnership with online retail giant Amazon could possibly have seen it lose out on sales yesterday (11 July) as the e-retailer slashed prices on products at some rival brands as part of its annual Prime Day event.


Calls for boiler inspections in Bangladesh 10 Jul 2017

Leonie Barrie

Labour rights groups are calling for garment factory safety inspections to be expanded to cover boilers, after a blast at the Multifabs facility in Bangladesh last week killed at least 11 people.


Wising up to supply chain changes 18 Jun 2017

Leonie Barrie

The old guard of the United States apparel and footwear industries better wise up to changes occurring all along the supply chain if they want to see their companies survive, industry executives have been told.


Digital pieces of the fashion supply chain take shape 12 Jun 2017

Leonie Barrie

The digital pieces of the fashion supply chain puzzle are starting to come together, according to executives at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.


Latest supply chain leaders? 5 Jun 2017

Leonie Barrie

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex, and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world's leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a new review.


Finding a solution to the sustainability problem 30 May 2017

Leonie Barrie

The key message at this year's Copenhagen Fashion Summit was that the global apparel and textile industry needs to take a holistic view on how it tackles sustainability and responsible sourcing – with collaboration the key to making any real impact.


Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA 23 May 2017

Michelle Russell

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement.


Cutting edge technology defining apparel industry 15 May 2017

Michelle Russell

Cutting-edge textile processing products including a new technology for dyeing yarns in a more sustainable manner and a digitalised sewing machine set up via a touchscreen or app, were among the most exciting developments at last week's Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.


Ethiopia apparel and textile industry making massive gains 8 May 2017

Michelle Russell

just-style's editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.


Collaboration remains a challenge 3 May 2017

Leonie Barrie

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective supply chain. But in an increasingly complex fashion environment, putting it into practice is still a considerable challenge.


Why digital supply chains are top of mind 3 Apr 2017

Leonie Barrie

Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung.


Navigating global political frictions and economic uncertainty 28 Mar 2017

Leonie Barrie

As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.


Trump and Brexit generate more confusion 20 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.


Bangladesh works to resolve labour activist issues 2 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced plans to pull out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit, held at the weekend, in protest.


US border tax a contentious issue 20 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.


Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape 13 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street is not at odds with efforts to improve ethical standards in its supply chain.


Trump administration starts to shake up trade 23 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Last week we marked the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States by taking a closer look at what's at stake for the textile and apparel trade – especially his promises to tear up US trade agreements, impose tariffs on imports from China and Mexico, and bring back US jobs and manufacturing.


Likely shifts in the sourcing landscape in 2017 16 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Continuing our look at what lies ahead for the apparel industry and its supply chain in 2017, the panel of industry experts consulted by just-style last week tackled likely shifts in the sourcing landscape.


Trump trade policies and China tensions top concerns 11 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

This week our focus turns to first thoughts from a panel of industry experts consulted by just-style on the challenges and opportunities likely to face the apparel supply chain in 2017, with prospects for volatile and uneven growth, Trump’s trade policies, and tensions between the US and China among the issues highlighted.


Happy New Year – and a first look at 2017 3 Jan 2017

Leonie Barrie

Welcome back after the holiday break, and from the team here at just-style I’d like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year.


New re:source to help unravel sourcing decisions 19 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel sourcing is a complex process built on a mix of location, logistics, lead-time, price, compliance, risk and reliability. And it's in a constant state of flux as retailers, brands and manufacturers try to find the right balance across all these factors.


Apply now to join re:source the testing program 16 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

The countdown is over: we’ve now opened applications to join the testing program for just-style’s new apparel sourcing planning tool, re:source.


US apparel imports offer little holiday cheer in October 12 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

Despite expectations for a rise in imports as retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season, the volume of apparel shipments into the US continued to slide in October.


A new re:source from just-style 6 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

Some of just-style’s more eagle-eyed readers might have noticed a small change to the menu bar on the homepage: the addition of the word re:source. Yes it might be a small change – but it marks the countdown to the biggest launch in our 16-year history.


Robotics opportunities still remote 5 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

Among the issues currently facing leading sportswear brands and manufacturers is the struggle to equip factories with the robotic and cyber physical systems (CPS) element of Industry 4.0 processes – at least in the near term, a major international conference has heard.


Sourcing uncertainty accelerates 28 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

The result of the US presidential election shows how global events are adding massive uncertainty to apparel sourcing. 


Trump's trade ramifications continue to unravel 25 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

Over the past week just-style has continued to try to unravel the potential ramifications of Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States.


What's in store following Trump's election? 15 Nov 2016

Leonie Barrie

One event dominated the international airwaves last week, and on just-style too we took a closer look at the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.


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