Blog: Leonie BarrieContingency planning must include cargo transport pinch-points

Leonie Barrie | 12 April 2021

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. We also took a look at the consequences of delivery delays on contracts

One year after the Covid-19 pandemic triggered the closure of textile and clothing factories in China, it’s no surprise that total apparel shipment volumes to the US rose year-on-year in February – as new data shows.

Garment makers representing close to 70% of global apparel exports have agreed minimum terms they hope will raise the bar on the purchasing practices of fashion brands and retailers.

And sourcing giant Li & Fung is building on its supply chain knowledge to launch a new and separate company called LFX, which will incubate, invest, and operate digital ventures focused on driving sustainable consumption.

Technology innovation and adoption is another area that has seen a massive upsurge over the past year, with the need for new tools and ways of working across the apparel industry undergoing a monumental transformation.

And a living wage benchmark has been developed for Central, East and Southeast Europe in a bid to drive higher wages for garment workers in the region.

UK online fast fashion retailer Asos has continued to reap the benefits of the pandemic lockdown, as consumers were forced to shop online. The company saw its customer base soar by 1.5m in the first six months of the year, with sales growth across all channels

While influencer marketing has helped another online fast fashion retailer, In The Style, carve out a unique brand identity ahead of its AIM listing.

In other news, a new tool can screen for forced labour risk in global cotton supply chains; Bangladesh is hoping to consolidate its approach to sustainability reporting; and mounting sustainability scrutiny will create long-term financial and reputational risk for many global apparel companies.


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