Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

1st April 2018

Top 20 clothing exporters remain unchanged as world clothing trade falls

The volume of the $255 bn worth of clothing (measured in numbers of garments) imported in 2017 into the key developed countries (Japan, the US and EU - JUSEU) fell...

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3rd January 2015

2014: A terrible year for garment industry gloom merchants.

In 2014, almost every prediction of gloom about the garment industry, globally or in specific countries, failed to materialise. My first Blogs of the New Year will look at why...

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26th October 2014

Are Japanese firms changing their apparel sourcing policy?

Did Japanese importers' decision to move sourcing away from China drive their prices up? And are they now changing their minds? In 2011, China accounted for 87% of Japan's apparel...

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15th January 2014

Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions - seldom directly linked to garment industry issues - are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia....

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14th January 2014

Indonesians worry about energy price rises in 2014 more than wages

The Indonesian Textile Association (API) seems to worry more about the impact of energy price rise in 2014 than wages or bank interest. Though the country has had Asia's worst...

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14th January 2014

Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions - seldom directly linked to garment industry issues - are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia....

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13th January 2014

Haitians disenchanted with garment industry results

Among America's top 25 apparel supplying countries, Haiti's 14.6 growth in apparel exports to the US  was the third fastest in 2013, and its garment workers earn the highest wages...

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20th November 2013

114th Canton Fair export orders “down 3% on 2012” Significant – or 20th century thinking?

Total export orders at the 114th Canton Fair, which ended November 4, were down 3% on 2012 But haven't they been down on last year every year since about 2007?...

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11th October 2013

Minimum wage increases: at least two sides to the question in Thailand

Any economic policy - like higher minimum wages or wages kept static while food prices and rents rise - creates highly complex results. Economists love saying that such and such...

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12th September 2013

Indian plans to increase minimum wage upset firms and unions – and may not materialise

India's minister for labour and employment Kodikunnil Suresh said on September 8 that the government intended fixing a standard National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) for all jobs. But the proposal...

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9th August 2013

Social accountability’s not the only pressure

The July FlanaRant  looks at garment factories' damage from an uncertain retail environment .  

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7th August 2013

Major retailers’ supply chains hit by rumours of credit related problems

JC Penney and France’s Vivarte were both hit during July by fears about their credit position after rumours factors were declining cover for Penney deliveries and Vivarte’s admission that lending...

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