Blog: Leonie BarrieNew re:source online strategic planning tool launched

Leonie Barrie | 23 July 2018

Today marks an exciting milestone in just-style’s nearly 20-year history, with the official launch of our new re:source online strategic planning tool.

Designed to navigate the complex matrix of facts, figures, statistics, data and knowledge that sourcing teams have to juggle every day in their quest to make the best decisions, it spans global trade rules and regulations, countries, regions and product categories. It brings together tariff and trade data, country profiles and risk assessments – and, well, provides everything you need to create strategic sourcing plans. There's also analysis from a panel of industry experts and just-style contributors to help put all this into context.

And what makes it truly unique is that it's entirely focused on the apparel industry.

Click on the following link to find out more: re:source – the future of apparel sourcing starts here

Not surprisingly, the impact of tariffs and trade continues to be the uppermost concern for the US fashion industry in 2018, according to a new survey – closely followed by increasing cost pressure, which is creeping up the agenda again.

Executives from the US clothing industry have also met in Washington DC to plot tactics to push the Trump administration away from a protectionist policy they regard as potentially damaging for brands, retailers and consumers.

But we’ve also attempted to separate the hype and hysteria around the current tariff retaliations between the US and China, with a reminder that for now, at least, calm analysis is what's needed.

We’re also continuing to update all the key developments in President Donald Trump’s trade policy since he took office in January 2017: Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade.

Further afield, and Bangladesh's garment owners and trade unions remain far apart in ongoing minimum wage negotiations – with local reports warning a number of protests are now set to take place into August.

An alliance of labour unions and non-governmental organisations has strongly condemned the wage process in Bangladesh – and is calling on brands sourcing from the country to take action.

The European Union, meanwhile, is assessing Cambodia's eligibility for key preferential trade access in response to what it describes as "recent worrying human rights and labour rights developments" in the country.

Elsewhere, and global sporting goods retailers Decathlon and Adidas are taking action to reduce their polyester impact. At Decathlon, the goal is for all textile products sold in France to be made from 100% more sustainable polyester by the end of 2021; while Adidas plans to phase out the use of virgin polyester over the next six years.

And Asda has become the first supermarket retailer to join the Microfibre Consortium, which is seeking to reduce the impact of microplastics on the environment.

The plans come as new research (admittedly by Cotton USA) suggests UK consumers are shunning man-made materials in favour of natural, high quality fibres – with manufacturers bearing most of the blame for non-environmentally friendly clothing.

And in other news, two landmark Bangladesh Accord arbitration cases have been closed; the trade pact between the EU and Japan is moving closer to ratification; and a new platform has been launched to help brands and retailers address impacts associated with leather sourcing.

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