Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide


9th November 2016

Post Trump and Brexit: there’s more than one way to skin the international retailing cat

While American voters were confounding practically all observers on November 8, on the other side of the Atlantic Britain’s Marks & Spencer unveiled a strategy that may be designed for...

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9th November 2016

Trump’s victory certainly doesn’t increase trading uncertainty.

Practically every observer thought Hillary Clinton would win the US Presidential election this morning. Most went on to predict her mild hostility to further trade liberalisation meant the short-term prospects...

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24th October 2016

Has Peak Internet hit Britain’s clothing stores?

Between June and September 2016, something hit UK clothing stores that I don’t think’s ever happened in the history of selling clothes, anywhere, ever before. The internet’s share fell, consistently....

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13th October 2016

Ethiopia violence undermines ‘visionary’ sourcing strategies

The partial destruction by rioters last week of the Saygin Dima mill in Ethiopia perfectly illustrates the short-term superficiality of too many 'visionary' sourcing strategies. Since concern started to mount...

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20th August 2016

Why voters don’t want any more global supply chains

I spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning in Britain against Brexit. Not once did I hear a Brexit supporter attack global integration. Scarcely anyone in Britain opposes global...

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8th August 2016

Bangladesh must face up to new industry threats

Bangladesh's garment industry seems unaware of the real threat the June/July terrorism incidents pose to its long-term viability. Threat 1: Islamist terrorism Islamist militants stormed an upmarket restaurant in the...

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26th July 2016

Will automation kill Asia’s bullish apparel job hopes?

In the past two months, public-sector forecasters  have made spectacularly different forecasts of job prospects in Asia’s apparel textile and apparel industries. On April 28, the World Bank forecast millions of new...

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22nd July 2016

How does a CANZ-UK FTA stack up?

As the UK government prepares the ground for new post-Brexit free trade deals, the first published ideas deal with Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Earlier this month, Liam Fox, the...

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27th June 2016

How Britain’s apparel industry should react to Brexit

Most British comment about Brexit right now comes from grieving Remainers or Leavers who can’t believe their luck. Our industry must start planning to minimise the damage. There are six things...

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24th June 2016

Brexit: is it a disaster?

At 5 am today, UK voters for Brexit gained a majority.    British apparel brands and retailers can benefit - but only if they sharpen up their acts. For the...

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7th June 2016

No other country’s going to step into China’s shoes

In the first three months of this year, we saw a massive drop in Chinese apparel exports to the US. It doesn't mean the end of China's dominance. There's a...

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19th May 2016

China’s mythical apparel export slump

China's alleged "slump" is turning into opur industry's greatest excuse for misguided thinking. Burberry, The Sunday Times told us earlier this month, will announce a 7% fall in its 2015...

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