28th February 2017
This isn’t a good time for developing new sourcing strategies
The speed the sourcing environment's changing, you'd think this is a good time for a new strategy. You'd be wrong. No-one knows yet how Britain's options will develop On February...
4th February 2017
First details emerge of probable NAFTA and Border Tax legislation – but where’s China?
US Congressional Republican leaders made their pitch on February 1 and 2 for handling NAFTA renegotiation and border taxes. Trump’s earlier China commitments seem to have disappeared. NAFTA renegotiation Donald...
3rd February 2017
High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism
Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning. So did other government plans just as potentially disruptive to...
15th January 2017
Trump abandons China “currency manipulation” promise
Donald Trump announced on January 14 his abandonment of a central campaign pledge about China. On October 22, he promised that on his first day in office he would instruct...
4th January 2017
Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?
I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections. Most people...
20th December 2016
The so-far obscure US tax proposal threatening all American apparel importers.
It’s a safe bet that few readers have paid much attention to the idea of “destination-based” profit taxes. They need to start doing so: right now. Till now, an idea...
6th December 2016
How uncertain are the uncertainties facing apparel sourcing?
I think many of the alleged uncertainties observers forecast for 2017 are badly misconceived. At this time of the year, observers typically start pontificating about the challenges facing businesses in...
1st December 2016
Trump Treasury nominee casts doubt on Trump’s China policy
Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's nominee as Secretary of the US Treasury, expressed disagreement with Trump's promised China trade policy immediately after his nomination announcement. The nominations of Mnuchin, formerly a Goldman...