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Issue 856 December 5, 2016
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Leonie BarrieIn case you missed last week’s newsletter, or have not yet followed up on its contents, we’re looking for a limited number of people to help test re:source, a new strategic planning tool being launched next year to help apparel companies save time, reduce cost and understand supply chain risk.

If you want to be the first in line to apply to become a tester, we’ve set up a handy reminder service. Just enter your email address here and we’ll tell you as soon as the testing programme opens up.

Among the issues currently facing leading sportswear brands and manufacturers is the struggle to equip factories with the robotic and cyber physical systems (CPS) element of Industry 4.0 processes – at least in the near term, a major international conference has heard.

Why do modern robotics elude sportswear makers?

However, the CEO at Hong Kong based shirt maker Esquel has told just-style the company continues to innovate to improve efficiency and productivity, and has recently moved its highly automated pilot production line from Malaysia to its major facility in Gaoming, China.

Esquel efficiency drive continues to bolster major brands

Israel-based tailored clothing maker Bagir Group is also fighting back with new products, a return to innovation and a refocus of its manufacturing base on Ethiopia, Egypt and Vietnam, the company’s CEO has told just-style.

Bagir CEO says suit-maker is back on track – interview

On top of this, the firm has just shipped the first trouser exports from its new production site in Ethiopia, completing a test order for fast fashion giant H&M.

Bagir exports first trousers for H&M from Ethiopia

And developments at Hong Kong based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal Group include expanding its worker empowerment programme to male staff for the first time.

Crystal Group expands empowerment project to male staff

Meanwhile, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has released a new set of wastewater guidelines aimed at harmonising expectations across the global apparel and textile supply chain.

ZDHC sets out harmonised wastewater guidelines

And in a bid to speed the switch to safe chemicals in the apparel supply chain, Bluesign Technologies says the latest generation of its online Bluefinder platform lists more than 7,500 approved alternatives – including more than 60 alternatives to PFCs.

Bluesign Bluefinder now lists 7,500 safe chemicals

Separately, US outdoor clothing specialist Columbia Sportswear has unveiled its first high-performance, environmentally-friendly, waterproof breathable jacket made without the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

Columbia reveals first waterproof jacket without PFCs

And The North Face, the largest brand in VF Corp’s outdoor and action sports group, has unveiled what it says is the first outdoor apparel prototype in the world to feature synthetic spider silk.

North Face parka first to feature synthetic spider silk

The challenge of freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain is the focus of special fashion finance articles on just-style this week. The misfit between traditional finance products and fast fashion, solutions for keeping track of inventory, and software systems to guide planning and operations are all covered.

Fashion finance – Freeing up capital in the apparel supply chain

November comparable store sales proved disappointing for the few US apparel retailers still reporting their figures, with only two recording increases. This was despite robust e-commerce growth from the Black Friday weekend and a more favourable macro backdrop to consumer spending.

US apparel retailers’ November 2016 sales roundup

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch revealed a “disastrous” quarter, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales. Foot Locker and Chico’s, meanwhile, both saw growth thanks to the implementation of ongoing group strategies.

US Q3 in brief – G-III Apparel , Express, Christopher & Banks, PVH Corp

And in other news, apparel maker Fruit of the Loom has named a new CEO following the sudden death of Rick Medlin; a new film documents the daily lives of Cambodia garment workers; and Pakistan has suspended cotton imports from India.

Fruit of the Loom names Burgess-Taylor CEO

Film documents daily lives of Cambodia garment workers

Pakistan suspends India cotton imports

Another reminder is a final call for input into our annual State of Sourcing 2017 survey, looking at how you feel about some of the big issues facing your company and the apparel supply chain in the year ahead.

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