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Issue 842 September 5, 2016
Editor's weekly highlights

Editorial

Leonie BarrieThe ongoing challenge of tackling transparency and traceability across global supply chains cropped up again last week, with the launch of a new initiative to try to eliminate forced labour from cotton and yarn production.

‘YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced’ verifies that yarn spinners are only using cotton produced with ethical practices, and is being endorsed by apparel brands and retailers including Adidas, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Woolworths Holdings and Hudson Bay Company.

New tool tackles transparency in cotton supply chains

A separate viewpoint suggests that with traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, now is the time for companies to review their traceability strategies and confirm they’re armed with comprehensive product information across the supply network.

Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

Even though US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Bangladesh to tackle ongoing security issues, apparel industry executives have told just-style it remains business usual in the country, despite recent terrorist attacks and wider fears of a long-term impact on the sector.

Bangladesh insists “business as usual” despite safety fears

US urges Bangladesh to tackle security issues

Retailers are also bracing for massive disruption as they head into their busiest season after South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co – the world’s seventh-largest container shipper – filed for bankruptcy protection last week.

Retailers face shipping chaos following Hanjin bankruptcy

And faced with excess polyester capacity in China, global fibres trade is set to be reshaped over the next few years. We look at the likely impact on investment decisions and polyester strategy for both buyers and producers worldwide.

How overcapacity in China could reshape fibre markets

Following in the footsteps of neighbouring Honduras, El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will also set out a 15-year growth strategy later this year in a bid to lift its fortunes. Plans include developing new high-performance sportswear niches to win new full-package customers.

El Salvador to launch 15-year apparel growth strategy

Peru’s struggling textiles and apparel industry could lose thousands of jobs if the government fails to stem a flood of sub- or undervalued Asian imports, an industry association says.

Peru apparel jobs at risk from rise in undervalued imports

And Jordanian clothing exporters are unhappy the EU has insisted they employ Syrian refugees in order to benefit from special market access.

Jordan exporters unhappy at EU refugee-linked deal

However, the first comprehensive survey of Myanmar’s labour force – including child labour – has been welcomed as a tool to help inform policy and planning strategies.

Myanmar publishes first survey of labour force

Apparel giant PVH Corp is rolling out what it says is a more comprehensive corporate responsibility strategy to address social and environmental issues by placing more emphasis on improving worker and manufacturing standards.

PVH ramps up corporate responsibility commitments

And the non-profit H&M Foundation is looking for the next tranche of sustainable innovations to reinvent the fashion industry as part of its second EUR1m (US$1.1m) Global Change Award.

H&M Foundation seeks new sustainable ideas for $1m grant

However, while more favourable hot and dry weather and an uptick in consumer confidence resulted in a bounce-back in overall US same-store sales in August, apparel retailers saw their monthly sales dented by an increase in spending on technology and travel.

US apparel retailers’ August 2016 sales roundup

One way to overcome stalling clothing sales is to ensure product buying cycles are more flexible, frequent and responsive to consumer needs, and that merchandising is less vulnerable to the vagaries of the weather.

Retail buying habits out of sync with consumers

Meanwhile, in other news Gerber Technology has been sold to private equity firm American Industrial Partners (AIP); Gap Inc is assessing the damage after a massive blaze at its Fishkill distribution centre; and working hours and wages are the biggest compliance challenges facing footwear factories in China and Vietnam.

Gerber Technology sold to private equity firm AIP

Fire sweeps through Gap distribution centre

Working hours and wages challenge footwear factories

Until next time…

Leonie Barrie
Managing Editor
Web: http://www.just-style.com
Email: editor@just-style.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/juststyle

 

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Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability strategies and confirm you’re armed with comprehensive product information across your supply network, says Thomas Ng, managing director, supply chain solutions, Amber Road.

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