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Will a troubled presidential transition add to apparel industry woes? 26 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.


Sateri says Covid-19 is an industry wake up call 29 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri has kept its foot firmly on the gas in recent months, with milestones that include starting production of lyocell fibres in China and launching a new commercial-scale viscose fibre made from recycled textile waste – all in the midst of a global pandemic.


Mounting pressure for Xinjiang cotton ban 21 Sep 2020

Leonie Barrie

As pressure mounts on the global apparel industry to ban all cotton-made goods from China's Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns, US lawmakers have been told such a move would "wreak unending havoc" on global supply chains.


Covid-19 is fashion's sustainability catalyst 14 Sep 2020

Beth Wright

Though sustainability and ethics fell under the radar at the start of the Covid-19 crisis as many retailers struggled to survive, more enlightened players realised it was an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in an area that would soon return to the top of consumers' agendas. Those leading the way will be able to reach a new, more sustainability-conscious audience, as well as helping to set standards for the sector.


Worker rights risks rise to the fore 7 Sep 2020

Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.


Trade tensions and tariffs add to industry woes 2 Sep 2020

Hannah Abdulla

Trade tensions and tariffs are among the top concerns facing US companies operating in China this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also making a prominent appearance, all breeding uncertainty into the business environment.


China hammered on all fronts in US apparel trade 24 Aug 2020

Leonie Barrie

Mid-way through 2020 and the impact of the global coronavirus on US apparel supplier countries is starting to become clear. Among the changes, sourcing powerhouse China has seen its unit prices tumble 17%.


Pandemic sees garment workers underpaid by up to $5.8bn 17 Aug 2020

Beth Wright

A new report has claimed garment and footwear factory workers globally could have been underpaid by as much as US$5.79bn for the months of March, April, and May.


New fashion retail landscape emerging 10 Aug 2020

Michelle Russell

The new fashion retail landscape emerging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is already leading to dramatic and permanent changes in the way brands and fashion retailers plan and work. There are some practical steps that surviving businesses should consider as online becomes the dominant way of doing business.


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.


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