Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide


17th May 2018

UK Prime Minister uses Royal Wedding to disguise Single Market confirmation

Theresa May confirmed on May 16 that Britain would remain in Europe's Single Market - using the news chaos around the Royal Wedding to ensure media would overlook it. The...

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23rd April 2018

Bangladesh: Capitalism’s greatest achievement?

On April 24, 2013 the Rana Plaza catastrophe made Bangladesh notorious. We all know how our industry became a pariah as well. Today – thanks to the way our industry...

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22nd April 2018

Chinese “waiting for Pakistani textile mills to die”

A year ago, Pakistani companies were leaking to news agencies that Chinese firms were using Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” project to invest heavily in Pakistan's spinning and weaving industry. Six...

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20th April 2018

ETI and Better Buying launch “suppliers rate buyers” programme – in Bangladesh

US-based Better Buying and the UK-based Ethical Trade Initiative have launched a 360 degree appraisal programme - in Bangladesh. The initiative - as far as we are aware, unprecedented in...

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17th April 2018

Primark becomes first British retailer to make over $1bn from selling clothes

Primark's H1 results, announced on April 17, make it the first British retailer to achieve over a billion dollars' annual profit from selling clothes. A disappointing performance from its parent...

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15th April 2018

Trump U-turns again on TPP. EU just presses on with TPP’s key members

The Trump administration's stances on the TPP in April probably established an all-time record for policy U-turns. The TPP's major members, though, made real progress with the EU Trump's wobbles...

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9th April 2018

A tale of two South Asian scandals

During April 2018, two five-year old clothing industry scandals involving corrupt South Asian governments played themselves out. In Bangladesh, a campaign to identify and punish the murderers of clothing union...

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3rd April 2018

Bangladesh Alliance future begins to firm up

Bangladesh Alliance executive director Jim Moriarty said in late March that 88% of factory remediation is complete, with 84% of items most critical to life safety covered. 322 affiliated factories have...

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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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21st March 2018

Bangladesh crosses first hurdle for leaving “Least Developed Nation” category

On March 15, the UN's Committee for Development Policy announced that Bangladesh had met all three criteria for graduating from the group of least-developed countries (LDC). The achievement - probably...

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1st March 2018

Changing Markets Foundation aims at Aditya Birla

"Certification is getting in the way of preventing carcinogenic pollution" says a report that builds on similar concerns a year ago  The story is getting more complicated

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2nd February 2018

Losses at Amazon’s non-US retail almost treble to $3.1 billion

Losses in the Amazon retail business outside North America soared in 2017 to $3.1 billion - possibly the largest retail loss ever recorded. Sales and income ($bn) have been: The...

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