Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

15th April 2015

Demographics keep hitting our industry

The early April FlanaRant is about the extraordinary outbreak of unrest in Yue Yuen's Chinese and Vietnamese factories. And the even odder fact that in both cases, the unrest isn't really...

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15th July 2013

Does social media make a mark only when it doesn’t matter?

Between May and June 2013, Gap was targetted by one of the biggest social media campaigns ever, on one of the most important issues around. Gap ignored one and a...

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4th June 2013

China’s competitiveness sharpens as wages continue growing

Chinese apparel exports to the EU and US were cheaper,relative to other garment exporting countries,  in the latest month for which there is data than at any time since 2009....

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26th March 2013

The “Walmart quitting Bangladesh” stories contain a moral about China.

According to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Walmart is thought to have a “strategy to gradually wind down its sourcing from Bangladesh by early 2014.” Walmart ‘s response to the report...

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14th February 2013

EU-US TAFTA good news for North Atlantic apparel industry – but don’t hold your breath

As far as buying and selling garments is concerned, the proposed Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) between the US and EU looks terrific news for European and American consumers, retailers,...

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14th February 2013

Does learning that “70% of a garment’s value is added in America” tell us anything useful?

70% of the retail price of a garment on sale in the US, a study from consultants Moongate Associates claims to show, is made up of costs incurred in the...

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8th March 2012

Cotton chaos – fear, greed or foul-up?

We tried to make sense of the chaos in the cotton market. This is one FlanRant we might rewrite if we were doing it again, because e likelihood is that...

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18th December 2009

The Twelve (Probable) Laws of Apparel Sourcing 7: Prices seem to be forever falling.

Pricing is the central issue in sourcing. And it's often misunderstood.Wholesale clothing prices have been coming down since Western manufacturers started moving their sourcing offshore.But, as the forthcoming edition of...

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14th December 2009

The Twelve (Probable) Laws of Apparel Sourcing 4: What recession didn’t kill, recovery won’t cure

Throughout the world since mid 2008, garment factories have been reportedly closing, and workers losing their jobs, at unprecedented rates. Naturally this has been blamed on the recession.That's at best...

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14th December 2009

The Twelve (Probable) Laws of Apparel Sourcing 3: Global instability is bankrupting factories – recession or no recession

The real impact of the recession so far, though, has been on financially weak factories.Each twist in constantly changing energy and raw material costs, and interest and exchange rates, weakens...

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11th December 2009

The Twelve (Probable) Laws of Apparel Sourcing 2: For most emerging-market factories, it’s China (and Vietnam a bit), not the recession

Total clothing imports by rich countries fell 4.2% in the third quarter of the year. But from countries outside China, imports fell 9.8%. If China, Macao and Hong Kong together...

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10th December 2009

Will the real influences on sourcing change?

Will there be any new influences on sourcing between now and 2012?We suspect not.Our new The World of Apparel Sourcing: 2010- 2012 reviews realistically the real influences on apparel sourcing...

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