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  • The entire supply chain has been ruptured in 2020 due to the pandemic, and no predictions hold relevance in the uncertain market. Now when factories have started reopening post-lockdown, the apparel factory owners have gotten into the most critical issue – lack of funds, which is making it quite difficult for most of the factories to even survive, let alone be profitable.However, one thing is certain that digitalisation in garment factories is going to be the ‘new normal’ because the factories h
  • UK-based premium apparel manufacturer Article 10 plans to launch a stock product service for start-up and smaller customers with no minimum order quantity, according to owner Karandeep Mattu, who said the step will allow the company—growing at 50 per cent annually—to take on more menswear customers and expand into ladies and kidswear markets as well.Pic: ShutterstockThe company was held back by the lack of skilled employee, without which it could have witnessed a growth of over 200 per cent year
  • The US is preventing key exports from China’s Xinjiang region because of claims of being produced incorporating forced labor. Cotton and tomato products, two of China’s main commodity exports, are proposed bans. The trump administration has increased pressure on China to treat the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang.In recent years China in xinjiang, with a threat of separatism and terror, has massively increased its security. In what China says are re-educational camps, up to a million persons have been
  • Timberland, the VF Corp. owned footwear and apparel company, is setting an ambitious goal of building the supply chain with a “net positive impact” on the world by 2030 in retaliation for its carbon footprint. The two-fold approach would impact the pipeline’s two ends. Timberland aims to eventually provide regenerative agriculture to all its natural resources and products from suppliers that are also following a circular design approach.“We’ve always believed that a greener future is a better fu
  • Bringing an allegation against the Chinese government that Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities were forced to work against their will, U.S. Customs and Border Protection this week could hand down a mandate that would bar imports of cotton and textiles from China’s embattled Xinjiang region.With sanctions slated to take place later this month, fashion firms have been working around the clock since last month to trace their cotton supply chains and identify how much comes from Xianjiang in case th
  • US off-price retail chain Century 21 Stores recently announced plans to commence a wind down of its retail operations and going out of business sales at its 13 stores across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida after serving customers for nearly 60 years. It has voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in a bankruptcy court in New York.Pic: ShutterstockThe decision follows non-payment by the company's insurance providers of approximately $175 million
  • First Insight, a leading digital product testing and decision-making platform, and John Lewis & Partners, have announced an expansion of their partnership. The announcement follows a successful validation test programme that John Lewis, which operates John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners, conducted across its home and fashion categories.Pic: ShutterstockThe initial pilot enabled John Lewis to improve buy depths and optimise assortments in its womenswear and home categories.
  • SAN FRANCISCO – Fashion brand Gap has partnered with Textile Exchange for the public release of its Preferred Fiber Toolkit (PFT), an online resource that will detail the environmental and social impacts of various raw material, as to inform likeminded companies striving to meet their sustainability targets.Serving as a complement to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) Product Tools, the Toolkit will not only disclose the associated environmental effects of raw materials, but other factors
  • UK retailers are increasing their e-commerce staff to handle rising online sales in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to research by Barclays, which said the requirement for employees to handle digital sales is continuing to grow, with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reporting that £3 in every £10 is now being spent online.Pic: ShutterstockAs a result, one in seven UK retailers has created roles.The Barclays Corporate Banking white paper reveals that over a quarter of
  • “I thought I was not going to last an hour. It was so uncomfortable. Hot, sweaty, the smell of your breath… just very unpleasant. But you get used to it. In any case, we have no choice,” says a Paris resident gesturing at his blue surgical masks. The new French law made it mandatory for almost all employees to wear face masks in the workplace.Figure 1: Mask wearing is likely to become the norm as experts predict a future with more pandemics, rising levels of air pollution.In some places where ma
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