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Global Efforts to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labor See Mixed Results in 2014

September 30, 2015 Leave a comment


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The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has released its annual report describing the efforts of 140 countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, which is one of the criteria for eligibility for trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences, the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act and the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

This report tracks from year to year whether a country has made significant, moderate, minimal or no advancement. For 2014, a record-tying 13 countries are listed as having received an assessment of significant advancement. Ten of these are the same as the previous year (Albania, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda), while Madagascar, Paraguay and Thailand moved up from the moderate advancement category and Albania, Costa Rica and Tunisia dropped from significant advancement to moderate advancement. Fifteen countries improved their assessment level from minimal to moderate advancement (Cabo Verde, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mozambique, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uruguay and Yemen). The report states that 115 of the 140 governments reviewed made at least one meaningful effort.

On the other hand, 20 countries and territories (Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Burundi, The Gambia, Georgia, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Macedonia, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Russia, Samoa, Senegal, Suriname, Tanzania, and the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) dropped from moderate advancement to minimal advancement, largely due to a lack of efforts in the areas of legislation, government coordination and enforcement. In addition, 11 countries received an assessment of no advancement, eight because no meaningful actions were taken (British Virgin Islands; Falkland Islands; Montserrat; Norfolk Island; Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha; Vanuatu; Christmas Island; and Cocos (Keeling) Island) and three (South Sudan, Eritrea and Uzbekistan) as a result of government complicity in forced child labor.

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Amazon expands global reach with B2B shops across Europe

September 29, 2015 Leave a comment
Amazon expands global reach with B2B shops across Europe

Amazon’s e-commerce store for business, industrial and scientific products is now live in eight countries, including five in Europe.

Industrial and biomedical products manufacturer NeTech launches an e-commerce site

NeTech Corp. now sells its pressure and flow meters online at

Uppler fashions an online portal to connect business buyers and wholesale suppliers

Since the company’s launch last year, 2,000 sellers and 30,000 retail buyers have created profiles on

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I Am American Made: The Infographic

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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At Maker’s Row, we’re constantly asking: what does American Made mean to us? To the design and manufacturing communities? To the country as a whole? Understanding how and where our efforts can best impact the drive to support American manufacturing and production is essential to everything we do as a team.

Our nationwide family has grown to over 80,000 brands and 8,000 factories. In fostering these relationships, we reached out to get their feedback on what it means to them to be Made in America today.

So, what did we find? Above all, American Made stands for quality, diversity and opportunity.


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September’s must-reads from the MarketLive blog

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment

3 essential criteria to consider when assessing new eCommerce vendors

With the online commerce landscape undergoing frequent seismic changes, agility has become a key criterion for assessing potential eCommerce platform vendors. The prospect of new mobile devices and formats and new social media outlets, along with ever-growing consumer expectations for a unified online/offline shopping experience, are among the reasons merchants seek to “future-proof” their sites and vendors promise to deliver infinitely-expanding capabilities.     Read on…

Build critical mass on social media now for holiday success later

As the holidays approach, many merchants are planning promotions targeted at their social media audience. But as they plot the substance of offers, merchants would also do well to launch initiatives now to build a critical mass of followers so those holiday promotions can have an impact.    Read on…

How to get personal with holiday shoppers

Until recently, merchants could succeed during the holiday season with a one-size-fits-all approach. Holiday gift guides and email campaigns shared uniformly across touchpoints, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals broadcast widely, and store shopping experiences focused on catering to the masses have all been the norm.     Read on…

Optimizing PLA merchant promotions for the holidays

Google’s Product Listing Ads (PLAs) have been a popular option for merchants since their debut in 2012. Now, just in time for the holidays, Google has introduced changes that will put the focus squarely on promotions and discounts — which poses both potential benefits and challenges.    Read on…

Unwrap the potential of unboxing and haul videos for the holidays

In the quest to find ways to channel user-contributed content in the service of sales, merchants often contrive contests or social media hashtag campaigns. But there’s another category of content with origins that are decidedly grassroots: haul and unboxing videos.    Read on…images

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September 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Amazing news! Shell is leaving the Arctic and will abandon Arctic drilling “for the foreseeable future.”

People around the world stood up against Arctic drilling, and the people WON! Now, tell President Obama to protect the Arctic and our climate FOREVER: — with Don Weber, Sheila Kim, Valentin Socolov, Michelle Garcia, Said Younes, Lee Slaughter, Gary Smith, Tony Garcia, Dawne Kittredge, Ingrid Crause, Ionie Sky and Erin Ivey Dancer.

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  • Carrie D. Hogan, Wendy A. Patterson, Donald Piranty and 2,148 others like this.
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    • Nicole Felix
      Nicole Felix Yay, finally some good news…I signed the petition. Thanks for all of the work that you do and thanks for letting us participate.
    • Maria Shiela Simbajon
      Maria Shiela Simbajon It means people power works.
    • Lothirielle Dol Amroth
      Lothirielle Dol Amroth Thank you, Greenpeace USA!
    • Patricia Topornycky
      Patricia Topornycky Great joy!!! Polar bears get your party going
      • 1 Reply
    • KaDi Menas
      KaDi Menas Good job
    • Joyce Lane Robbins
      Joyce Lane Robbins Fantastic!!!!!
    • Tod McDade
      Tod McDade The activist did an amazing job!
    • Doris Melillo-Bartel
      Doris Melillo-Bartel Oh my god!!! That is amazing! Brings my faith back… Wow! Thank you to all those that helped this to happen!!
    • Patricia Gomez
      Patricia Gomez Thank you Greenpeace Team, you guys are the BEST!!!!🐋
    • Brian Drummond
      Brian Drummond Power of the people!
    • Marjo Lasoff Hebert
      Marjo Lasoff Hebert Keep going, Green!
    • Michael Di Giglio
      Michael Di Giglio Great job! May oil stop flowing!
    • Sally Rae Rogers
      Sally Rae Rogers I am so very glad!
    • Julie Rogers
      Julie Rogers thank you kayakers and hangers! good thing that bridge was there ; )
    • Renata Nagy
      Renata Nagy Yaaaaay!!!!
    • Elaine Wilson
      Elaine Wilson Signed.
    • Davi Houtua
      Davi Houtua Thank you Greenpeace!!!
    • TuTy Vargas
      TuTy Vargas Woooo!
    • Karen Metcalfe
      Karen Metcalfe YES!!!!!!!
    • Mike Tsyvilyov
      Mike Tsyvilyov #respect
    • Beverly Sothcott
      Beverly Sothcott YAY
    • Christy Martin
      Christy Martin Halleluja – this is great news. I signed the petition and emailed the President as well. So happy that community action works. Thank you GREENPEACE USA for all your work and for all the people around the world who helped to protect the Arctic from drilling.
    • Jeanne Tanguma
      Jeanne Tanguma Congratulations to Greenpeace on Shell’s withdrawal from the Arctic! Greenpeace’s actions were key in this decision.
    • Ruby Karen A. Wilcox
      Ruby Karen A. Wilcox POWER TO THE PEOPLE! Social protest works! Shell just pulled out of the Arctic! Goddess bless Greenpeace! !!!!!
    • Lacey Pierce
      Lacey Pierce Shell pulled the plug because the Arctic didn’t provide enough profit for them to continue. However, our voices are still important and there is no room for apathy. Continue to fight for what is right!
    • Holly Brownrigg
      Holly Brownrigg President Obama…THIS COULD BE A LEGACY FOR YOU!!!
    • Enrico Gabuzzi
      Enrico Gabuzzi I’m soooo glad ! Good bye Shell, leave the Arctic alone !…
    • Jody Johnson
      Jody Johnson Yes!! Let the Arctic remain pristine.
    • Jewel NQ
      Jewel NQ GREAT NEWS however we still need to actively and loudly oppose the increasing militarisation of the Arctic, and plans to significantly expand the use of seismic and sonar marine noise in our oceans – it would cause severe pain, injury and disorientation to marine mammals like whales and dolphins, particularly baleen whales in the northern Atlantic
    • Zed Diehl
      Zed Diehl Not fiscally viable, has nothing to do with the hanging from bridges, or any other protest. If they wanted to be in the ground, they would be by now.
      • 2 Replies · 55 minutes ago
    • Patrícia Sousa
      Patrícia Sousa Thank you for taking action and for allertting us and give us the opportunity to be part of an unique organization that through out the years as stood up to protetect and preserve life in our amazing planet.
    • Corinne Rockstad
      Corinne Rockstad Way to go Greenpeace and I was behind you all the way!!!
    • Ed Brownlee
      Ed Brownlee Great news for the Artic Ocean and all the wildlufe up there.
    • Patricia Pickens
      Patricia Pickens shell pulled out of artic for forseealre future–can this be true?

      Patricia Pickens's photo.
    • Scott Welch
      Scott Welch Not enough oil to bother drilling, you’ve done nothing, now get out of your plastic kayaks (made from oil ) and get a real job!!
    • Pam Peralta
      Pam Peralta People power will ALWAYS work……as long as the people will stand together and STAND UP!
    • Shane Border
      Shane Border Greenpeace… man you really gotta stop inflating people’s egos about this decision made by shell and shell alone.

      This way done for purely financial reasons and NOT because of anything we did or thought.See More

    • Barbara Campbell
      Barbara Campbell Hooray we have won finally!! Now we must see to it that the Arctic is protected forever.
    • Sandra Hoofard
      Sandra Hoofard I signed the petition and I want to thank all of you who were physically out there for this fight…….
    • Steven Worth
      Steven Worth They didn’t find oil. Protesters had ZERO effect like ALWAYS. Its just a smoke screen . LoOK at NIGERIA or the thousand other places that are being raped by shell or b.p. It’s no time to rest on your laurels. You HAVE NONE.
      • 1 Reply
    • Dale Maas
      Dale Maas Sorry people, you won this one! WAIT till oil hits 100 bucks, bet you won’t cheer then! Shell and Russia will be drilling deep!
    • Michelle Jaffé
      Michelle Jaffé awesome grassroots organization to stand up & be heard
    • Bruce Falkenstein
      Bruce Falkenstein Earth celebrates! And I as well….
    • Norma Silva
      Norma Silva It’s amazing what can be done when everyone gets together. We need more organizations like Greenpeace to protect our planet.
    • Jay George
      Jay George Thank you hardworking activists! I appreciate you!
    • Tyler Dirden
      Tyler Dirden Yay!!!
    • Angie Cruz
      Angie Cruz Great news we have to preserve our world and everything in it.
    • Lisa Genaro Neste
      Lisa Genaro Neste Wonderful news! smile emoticon
    • Tod McDade
      Tod McDade No…Shell made this choice based solely on profits.
    • Effie Hutto
      Effie Hutto I send much praise to Our President Obama..
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Remember the children

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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We’ve been really busy – one of the things that has delayed our blog post is our new website:  Two Sisters Ecotextiles (  It is a retail website, because we feel everybody should have access to safe fabrics.  If you go to our new site, you’ll notice that it features lots of pictures of kids, because kids are more at risk than adults from the chemicals in our environment.  We did a blog post about this a few years ago, and it’s reproduced here.

Our children today live in an environment that is fundamentally different from that of 50 years ago. In many ways, their world is better. In many ways, they’re healthier than ever before.  Thanks to safe drinking water, wholesome food, decent housing, vaccines, and antibiotics, our children lead longer, healthier lives than the children of any previous generation.  The traditional infectious diseases have largely been eradicated. Infant mortality is greatly reduced. The expected life span of a baby born in the United States is more than two decades longer than that of an infant born in 1900.

Yet, curiously, certain childhood problems are on the increase: asthma is now the leading cause of school absenteeism for children 5 to 17[1]; birth defects are the leading cause of death in early infancy[2]; developmental disorders (ADD, ADHD, autism, dyslexia and mental retardation) are reaching epidemic proportions – 1 in 88 children is now diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder[3].  (Currently one of every six American children has a developmental disorder of some kind [4].) Childhood leukemia and brain cancer has increased sharply, while type 2 diabetes, previously unknown among children, is on the increase[5].  And the cost is staggering – a few childhood conditions (lead poisoning, cancer, developmental disabilities –including autism and ADD – and asthma) accounted for 3% of total U.S. health care spending in the U.S.  “The environment has become a major part of childhood disease” trumpeted Time magazine in 2011.[6]

How can this be?

Today’s children face hazards that were neither known nor imagined a few decades ago. Children are at risk of exposure to thousands of new synthetic chemicals – chemicals which are used in an astonishing variety of products, from gasoline, medicines, glues, plastics and pesticides to cosmetics, cleaning products, electronics, fabrics, and food. Since World War II, more than 80,000 new chemicals have been invented.  Scientific evidence is strong, and continuing to build, that exposures to synthetic chemicals in the modern environment are important causes of these diseases[7].  Indoor and outdoor air pollution are now established as causes of asthma. Childhood cancer is linked to solvents, pesticides, and radiation. The National Academy of Sciences has determined that environmental factors contribute to 25% of developmental disorders in children[8], disorders that affect approximately 17% of U.S. children under the age of 18. The urban built environment and the modern food environment are important causes of obesity and diabetes. Toxic chemicals in the environment – lead, pesticides, toxic air pollutants, phthalates, and bisphenol A – are important causes of disease in children, and they are found in our homes, at our schools, in the air we breathe, and in the products we use every day – including textiles.

What is different now?

  • The chief argument used by manufacturers to defend their chemical use is that the amounts used in products are so low that they don’t cause harm.  Yet we now know that the old belief that “the dose makes the poison” (i.e., the higher the dose, the greater the effect) is simply wrong.  Studies are finding that even infinitesimally low levels of exposure – or any level of exposure at all – may cause endocrine or reproductive abnormalities, particularly if exposure occurs during a critical developmental window.[9] Surprisingly, low doses may even exert more potent effects than higher doses. 
Endocrine disrupting chemicals may affect not only the exposed individual but also their children and subsequent generations.[10] Add to that the fact that what the industry bases its “safe” exposure limits on is calibrated on an adult’s body size, not children’s body sizes.
  • We also now know that time of exposure is critical – because during gestation and through early childhood the body is rapidly growing under a carefully orchestrated process that is dependent on a series of events.  When one of those events is interrupted, the next event is disrupted – and so on – until permanent and irreversible changes result. These results could be very subtle — like an alteration in how the brain develops which subsequently impacts, for example, learning ability.  Or it could result in other impacts like modifying the development of an organ predisposing it to cancer later in life. There is even a new terminology to explain the consequences of exposure to EDCs: “the fetal basis of adult disease”, which means that the maternal and external environment, coupled with an individual’s genes, determine the propensity of that individual to develop disease or dysfunction later in life.  This theory, known as the “developmental origins of health and disease,” or DOHad, has blossomed into an emerging new field. DOHad paints a picture of almost unimaginably impressionable bodies, responsive to biologically active chemicals until the third generation.
  • There is yet another consideration:  The health effects from chemical pollution may appear immediately following exposure – or not for 30 years. The developmental basis of adult disease has implicit in its name the concept that there is a lag between the time of exposure and the manifestation of a disorder. Each of us starts life with a particular set of genes, 20,000 to 25,000 of them. Now scientists are amassing a growing body of evidence that pollutants and chemicals might be altering those genes—not by mutating or killing them, but by sending subtle signals that silence them or switch them on at the wrong times.  This can set the stage for diseases that can be passed down for generations.  This study of heritable changes in gene expression – the chemical reactions that switch parts of the genome off and on at strategic times and locations – is called “epigenetics”. Exposure to chemicals is capable of altering genetic expression, not only in your children, but in your children’s children – and their children too.  Researchers at Washington State University found that when pregnant rats were exposed to permethrin, DEET or any of a number of industrial chemicals, the mother rats’ great granddaughters had higher risk of early puberty and malfunctioning ovaries — even though those subsequent generations had not been exposed to the chemical.[11] Another recent study has shown that men who started smoking before puberty caused their sons to have significantly higher rates of obesity. And obesity is just the tip of the iceberg—many researchers believe that epigenetics holds the key to understanding cancer, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, and  diabetes. Other studies are being published which corroborate these findings.[12]
  • Age at time of exposure is critical. Fetuses are most at risk, because their rapidly developing bodies can be altered and reprogrammed before birth.
  • Finally, exposures don’t happen alone – other pollutants are often involved, which may have additive or synergistic effects.[13] It is well documented that chemicals can make each other more toxic, and because we can’t know what exposures we’re being subjected to (given the cocktail of smog, auto exhaust, cosmetics, cleaning products and countless other chemicals we’re exposed to every day) coupled with an individuals unique chemistry, we can’t know when exposure to a chemical will trigger a tipping point.

What makes these chemicals such a threat to children’s health?

  • Easy absorption. Synthetic chemicals can enter our children’s bodies by ingestion, inhalation, or through the skin. Infants are at risk of exposure in the womb or through breast milk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200 high-volume synthetic chemicals can be found in the bodies of nearly all Americans, including newborn infants.  Of the top 20 chemicals discharged to the environment, nearly 75 percent are known or suspected to be toxic to the developing human brain.
  • Children are not little adults.  Their bodies take in proportionately greater amounts of environmental toxins than adults, and their rapid development makes them more vulnerable to environmental interference. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, consume more food, and drink more water than adults, due to their substantial growth and high metabolism. For example, a resting infant takes in twice as much air per pound of body weight as an adult. Subject to the same airborne toxin, an infant therefore would inhale proportionally twice as much as an adult.
  • Mass production. Nearly 3,000 chemicals are high-production-volume (HPV) chemicals – that means they’re produced in quantities of more than 1 million pounds.  HPV chemicals are used extensively in our homes, schools and communities. They are widely dispersed in air, water, soil and waste sites. Over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the nation’s environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens.
  • Too little testing. Only a fraction of HPV chemicals have been tested for toxicity. Fewer than 20 percent have been studied for their capacity to interfere with children’s development. This failure to assess chemicals for their possible hazards represents a grave lapse of stewardship by the chemical industry and by the federal government that puts all of our  children at risk.
  • Heavy use of pesticides. More than 1.2 million pounds of pesticides — many of them toxic to the brain and nervous system — are applied in the United States each year. These chemical pesticides are used not just on food crops but also on lawns and gardens, and inside homes, schools, day-care centers and hospitals. The United States has only 1.3% of the world’s population but uses 24% of the world’s total pesticides.
  • Environmental Persistence. Many toxic chemicals have been dispersed widely into the environment. Some will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries.

Let’s take a look at just the group of chemicals which are known as endocrine disruptors:

In 2012, Greenpeace analyzed a total of 141 items of clothing, and found high levels of phthalates in four of the garments and NPE’s in 89 garments – in quantities as high as 1,000 ppm – as well as a variety of other toxic chemicals.[14] Phthalates and NPE’s are among the chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors” (EDCs) – chemicals which are used often – and in vast quantities – in textile processing.

The endocrine system is the exquisitely balanced system of glands and hormones that regulates such vital functions as body growth (including the development of the brain and nervous system), response to stress, sexual development and behavior, production and utilization of insulin, rate of metabolism, intelligence and behavior, and the ability to reproduce. Hormones are chemicals such as insulin, thyroxin, estrogen, and testosterone that interact with specific target cells.  The endocrine system uses these chemicals to send messages to the cells – similar to the nervous system sending electrical messages to control and coordinate the body.

Diabetes, a condition in which the body does not properly process glucose, is an endocrine disease, as is hypoglycemia and thyroid cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 29.1 million people have diabetes.[15] The three types of diabetes are a good illustration of the two main ways that something can “go wrong” with hormonal control in our bodies. In type I diabetes, the pancreas is unable to make insulin. Without insulin, the liver never “gets the message” to take glucose out of the bloodstream, so blood glucose remains too high, while the stores of glucagon in the liver are too low. In type II diabetes, the person’s pancreas is making enough insulin, but the insulin receptor sites on the liver cells are “broken” (possibly due to genetic factors, possibly do to “overuse”) and cannot “get the message.” Because the liver is unable to receive the instructions (despite the presence of lots of insulin), it does not take glucose out of the bloodstream, so blood glucose remains too high, while the stores of glucagon in the liver are too low. In type III diabetes (AKA Alzheimer’s Disease)[16], it is the neurons in the brain, specifically, which “don’t get the message,” (though it sounds like researchers have yet to determine whether that’s due to lack of the brain-produced insulin upon which they depend, or whether that’s due to receptors on the neurons that either are or become “broken”) and thus, cannot take in the sugar that they need, with the result that, without an alternative fuel source such as medium-chain triglycerides, the neurons will starve.

Over the past 60 years, a growing number of EDC chemicals have been used in the production of almost everything we purchase. What this constant everyday low-dose exposure means in terms of public health is just beginning to be explored by the academic community. We have learned over time that many chemical substances can cause a range of adverse health problems, including death, cancer, birth defects, and delays in development of cognitive functions. For instance, it is well established that asbestos can cause a fatal form of lung cancer, thalidomide can cause limb deformities, and breathing high concentrations of some industrial solvents can cause irreversible brain damage and death. Only relatively recently have we learned that a large number of chemicals can penetrate the womb and alter the construction and programming of a child before it is born. Through trans-generational exposure, endocrine disruptors cause adverse developmental and reproductive disorders at extremely low amounts in the womb, and often within the range of human exposure.

Recent research is giving us a new understanding of EDCs since Dr. Theo Coburn wroteOur Stolen Future.  Thanks to a computer-assisted technique called microarray profiling, scientists can examine the effects of toxins on thousands of genes at once (before they could study 100 at a time at most). They can also search for signs of chemical subversion at the molecular level, in genes and proteins. This capability means that we are throwing out our old notions of toxicology (i.e., “the dose makes the poison”). In a recent talk at the National Academy of Sciences, Linda Birnbaum, the head of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program, called toxicogenomics—the study of how genes respond to toxins—the “breakthrough” that pushed the study of poisons beyond the “obvious things.”

As the TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.) website states:   “The human health consequences of endocrine disruption are dire. Yet, no chemical has been regulated in the U.S. to date because of its endocrine disrupting effects – and no chemical in use has been thoroughly tested for its endocrine disrupting effects. The U.S. government has failed to respond to the evolving science of endocrine disruption. While much remains to be learned in regard to the nature and extent of the impact of endocrine disruptors on human health, enough is known now to assume a precautionary approach should be taken.

[1] Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

[3] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

[4] Boyle, Coleen A., et al, “Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. children, 1997-2008”, Pediatrics,  February, 2011.

[5] Grady, Denise, “Obesity-Linked Diabetes in children Resists Treatment”, New York Times, April 29, 2012

[6] Walsh, Bryan, “Environmental Toxins Cost Billions in childhood Disease”, Time, May 4, 2011.

[7] Koger, Susan M, et al, “Environmental Toxicants and Developmental Disabilities”,  American Psychologist, April 2005, Vol 60, No. 3, 243-255

[8] Polluting Our Future, September 2000,

[9] Sheehan DM, Willingham EJ, Bergeron JM, Osborn CT, Crews D; “No threshold dose for estradiol-induced sex reversal of turtle embryos: how little is too much?” Environ Health Perspect 107:155–159, 1999

[10] Anway MD, Skinner MK “Epigenetic transgenerational actions of endocrine disruptors.” Endocrinology 147: S43–S49, 2006

[11] Sorensen, Eric, “Toxicants cause ovarian disease across generations”, Washington State University,

[12]  ALSO SEE: SEE:

[13] Crews D, Putz O, Thomas P, Hayes T, Howdeshell K “Animal models for the study of the effects of mixtures, low doses, and the embryonic environment on the action of endocrine disrupting chemicals”, Pure and Applied Chemistry, SCOPE/IUPAC Project Implications of Endocrine Active Substances for Humans and Wildlife 75:2305–2320, 2003

[14]     SEE ALSO:


[16] De la Monte, Suzanne, and Wands, Jack R., “Alzheimer’s Disease is Type 3 Diabetes – Evidence Reviewed”, J. Diabetes Sci Technol 2008 Nov; 2(6): 1101-1113

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American Apparel gets delisting notice from NYSE

September 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Sep 25 2015, 19:02 ET | About: American Apparel Inc (APP) | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Contact this editor with comments or a news tip
American Apparel (NYSEMKT:APP) -9.7% AH after disclosing that it received a delisting notice from the NYSE because it has failed to maintain compliance with continued listing standards.APP’s financial condition “has become so impaired that it appears questionable… as to whether the company will be able to continue operations and/or meet its obligations as they mature,” the Exchange says, adding that a reverse stock split would be “appropriate.”APP has until Oct. 9 to file a plan on how it intends to regain compliance.

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Important e-commerce dates for retailers

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment
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Apple: Nike Results And Other Data Bode Well For September Quarter In China

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment
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Sep. 25, 2015 12:25 PM ET  |  About: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Includes: NKE


Nike’s latest quarterly results include 30% y/y revenue growth for China.

Nike’s data and other data indicates that China’s economy is stable and not collapsing.

The combined data all point to Apple’s continued strong growth in China.

 nike’s (NYSE:NKE) results indicated that premium U.S. brands are still doing well in China, despite assumed economic headwinds. Combined with CEO Tim Cook’s recent statement about continued strong growth in China in July and August, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) investors can look forward to a very positive September earnings report

China Surprise

Nike reported results for their fiscal 2016 Q1 on September 24 and surprised analysts with a 30% y/y increase in revenue for Greater China to $886 million. This was despite FX and the assumed macro economic headwinds. Nike’s earnings before interest and taxes in Greater China grew even faster by 51% y/y, to $330 million. The faster earnings growth for China indicates that Nike was able to sell high priced, higher margin items to consumers.

Nike’s results fly in the face of the doom and gloom scenario that has been painted for China. While Nike is not the aspirational brand that Apple is in China, it is nevertheless a premium brand commanding a premium price relative to other brands. Buying Nike rather than a less expensive brand is clearly discretionary, and discretionary spending is supposed to be the first thing that is curtailed in an economic slowdown.

Nike highlighted their results in the conference call, and analysts seemed to be both impressed and surprised by the results. Naturally, China was the first topic addressed during Q & A in which Nike was asked to provide additional background:

The piece that we continue to look at is the brand in China is extremely strong. And that’s a piece that we have known for a while. As we went through the reset strategy, we wanted to be really focused on how to make sure that we could drive the Business.

So, we’re very mindful of the macroeconomic volatility in the marketplace. But we continue to really focus on the things that we can control which is how we continue to bring excitement to the marketplace and also continue to align the marketplace around our category offense and we’re seeing success from that perspective.

Nike acknowledged that they’ve been pushing fairly hard in China with some savvy marketing and product positioning with U.S. athletes making appearances at various sporting events. I think the takeaway here is not that there are no economic headwinds, but that a well marketed, strong U.S. brand can do well nevertheless.

Certainly, I consider this to also describe Apple. So now we have two rather good pieces of data pointing to Apple’s performance in the September quarter in China, the other being CEO Tim Cook’s well publicized statement to Jim Cramer regarding strong growth in China through July and August.

What Being Data Driven Means

Since I published Why Apple Investors Shouldn’t Fear China, I’ve advocated taking a very data driven approach to assessing Apple’s position in China. Let me elaborate briefly on this concept.

My background is in science and engineering, and early on in everyone’s science education one learns about the concept of scientific measurement. Scientific measurements are never perfect, they always contain some error. That error can be either random or systematic, but the science student is forced to confront the fact that errors always exist. A good scientific measurement finds ways to mitigate that error in order to produce useful observations.

Econometric data fall under the category of scientific measurements as well. They are subject to random errors because they are based on surveys of statistical samples. Generally, national governments can’t survey each and every business, so they rely on sampling to provide a picture of what’s going on in the economy.

There’s been a tendency on the part of some in the media to discard economic data from the Chinese government because it’s not perfect. There could very well be systematic errors in the Chinese data, because the government is fudging the data to make the economy look better than it really is. But in a data driven approach, you go with the best data you have, and the best data we have about China comes in part from the Chinese government.

There may be some error in the data, but I doubt that it’s that large. China is a full fledged partner in the global trading community, and that carries with it some obligations. One of those obligations is a greater degree of transparency about China’s economic circumstances. In order to become a member of the global trading community, China had to submit to a fairly high level of scrutiny by its trading partners.

China has been a member of the World Trade Organization since 2001, and is subject to the rules of WTO membership. Membership entails a significant amount of scrutiny by the WTO, as described on the WTO site. Therefore, I doubt that China is fudging its economic reporting by very much, since this would be discoverable by other WTO members and lead to an embarrassing loss of face for the Chinese government.

China Update

So let’s look at the data coming out of China for additional clues as to Apple’s fortunes in the September quarter. This is data that I highlighted in my “China” article. The first is the Caixin Flash China General Manufacturing PMI, which came out September 23. The report was not particularly good. The PMI index fell yet again, from 47.3 in August to 47 in September. About the only good thing you can say about it is that the index isn’t falling as fast as it did from July to August. Overall, I would say that the PMI is a negative indicator.

However, data from the Chinese government via tradingeconomics.comindicates that manufacturing increased by 6.8% y/y in August, an increase from the July figure, as shown in the chart below.

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GDP annual growth rate (as a percent) was unchanged from July:

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The available data indicates that the Chinese economy is not collapsing, but appears to have stabilized the manufacturing sector. Data from Apple and Nike indicates that demand for U.S. brands among Chinese consumers remains strong. Based on the data, I’m becoming more bullish about September quarter results for Apple. I’ll have more specific predictions as we get closer to the earnings report, but I believe that revenue growth in the mid teens is pretty safe. This is, after all, what Apple guided to in the last earnings release.

Will Apple’s September earnings be enough to dissuade Apple bears? Probably not. Probably the rumors of China’s imminent collapse will simply be rolled forward into the next quarter. As I’ve stated before, I don’t expect the negativity to fully relent until Apple reports its December quarter.

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Building a Sustainable Fashion Business.

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment


The growth of online events and courses is forever changing the way we learn and work – opening up relationships across the globe and providing opportunities to individuals and businesses, no matter where they are located.

We are therefore very happy to announce that we will be running a free, online course with Creative Skillset in early 2016 on So whether you’re just starting out in fashion business, are well-established but want to learn more about sustainability, or simply curious – you’ll be able to take part from the comfort of your own desk. Find out more about the course and how to register below.

Here at Source we’re no strangers to doing things online, being world leaders in sustainable online trade events. As we inch closer to Source Expo 2015 (4-5 November), the world’s leading online sustainable fashion sourcing event, we announce some of the latest exhibitors that will be showcased. Plus we bring suppliers a step-by-step guide on how to take part in this innovative event.

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September 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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U.S. Plans to Accelerate TTIP Negotiations, Looks to Wrap Up TPP Talks

September 23, 2015 Leave a comment


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Nearly a year after proclaiming a “fresh start” to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, U.S. and European Union officials acknowledged this week the need to “accelerate discussions and achieve progress in all areas under negotiation,” according to a European Commission press release. Meeting in Washington, D.C., EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman said contacts between negotiating teams will be intensified ahead of the next formal round in Miami in mid-October and that negotiators will be instructed to “exercise creativity and flexibility.” That approach will no doubt be supported by the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade, a group of major companies and business associations favoring TTIP that told Froman and Malmström in a letter this week that “too many red lines are being drawn” and that they should insist on “substantial progress on all issues – with significant movement from both sides – during next month’s round.”

The TTIP talks appear to have lagged as the U.S. has focused on concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Officials from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan met in San Francisco this week in an effort to find common ground on the TPP rules of origin for automobiles, one of a handful of issues yet to be resolved in the long-running talks. Froman said that there has been “steady progress” toward identifying potential compromises on these issues and that the U.S. is looking to “bring this to a close as soon as possible.” Chief negotiators will reportedly meet next week in Atlanta, followed by trade ministers a few days later, in an effort to resolve remaining differences and finalize an agreement.

In related news, USTR posted to its website this week an updated summary of the United States’ TPP negotiating objectives.

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