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Tariffs Plus Freight-Fee Fiasco ‘Wreaking Havoc on Supply Chains,’ AAFA Warns

Continuing to press the Biden administration for tariff relief, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) president and CEO Steve Lamar sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai on Thursday requesting she reinstate exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs that are remnants of the Trump administration’s trade war against China. Similar to the…… Continue reading Tariffs Plus Freight-Fee Fiasco ‘Wreaking Havoc on Supply Chains,’ AAFA Warns

Amidst Political Paralysis, Opportunities Emerge in Tunisia

As the three month-mark since Tunisia’s political standoff approaches, global retailers and brands are keeping a careful eye on the climate in the north African nation. On July 25, President Kais Saied declared emergency measures, fired the prime minister and dissolved parliament promising a new prime minister within 30 days. This deadline passed with no…… Continue reading Amidst Political Paralysis, Opportunities Emerge in Tunisia

Will Nike’s Vietnam Malaise Infect Major Retail Partner?

Nike’s supply chain troubles in Vietnam could mean harder times for retail partners with a higher exposure to the embattled footwear giant. Even as it warned of continuing “supply chain delays and higher logistics costs” back in June, the Oregon-based company remained optimistic about the future, projecting low-double digit revenue growth for the following 12…… Continue reading Will Nike’s Vietnam Malaise Infect Major Retail Partner?

New Balance Under Fire Over ‘Made in the USA’ Claims

New Balance has long emblazoned its products with proclamations that they are “Made in the USA.” But consumer watchdog group Truth in Advertising (TINA) is hitting back at the Boston-based footwear brand with an official complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleging that those claims are false and damaging. On Monday, the nonprofit submitted…… Continue reading New Balance Under Fire Over ‘Made in the USA’ Claims

Lululemon: Vietnam Outbreak Impacts 20% of Second-Half Inventory

Lululemon Athletica says it will surpass its 2023 revenue targets by the end of this year, two years ahead of schedule, as net revenue totals increased 61 percent to $1.45 billion on net income of $208.1 million. With the strong quarter, the company raised its full-year outlook for the second time. In a Nutshell: Lululemon…… Continue reading Lululemon: Vietnam Outbreak Impacts 20% of Second-Half Inventory

German Retailer Funds Covid-19 Vaccines for Garment Workers in Bangladesh

One German discount retailer is financing the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines for garment workers in Bangladesh, where the number of new daily infections continues to hover around 3,000. Bönen-based KiK’s donation is being dispatched through the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), which will forward the sum to the branch of the health ministry…… Continue reading German Retailer Funds Covid-19 Vaccines for Garment Workers in Bangladesh

Up Close: In Conversation with Material Exchange’s Kelly Burton

Up Close is Sourcing Journal’s regular check-in with industry executives to get their take on topics ranging from personal style to their company’s latest moves. In this Q&A, Kelly Burton, chief sustainability officer at material and component marketplace Material Exchange, explains what ethical consumption means to her and why sourcing is ready for a digital…… Continue reading Up Close: In Conversation with Material Exchange’s Kelly Burton

Hugo Boss, C&A in Hot Seat Over Xinjiang Allegations

A human-rights group has filed a criminal complaint in Germany against five retailers, including C&A, Hugo Boss and Lidl, for allegedly profiting from forced labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and contributing to “crimes against humanity.” According to the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), whose filing also targets supermarket…… Continue reading Hugo Boss, C&A in Hot Seat Over Xinjiang Allegations

How Two Factories Achieved a ‘Living Wage’ for Supply Chain Workers

A living wage for the world’s garment workers may not be the pie-in-the-sky notion it’s been made out to be, according to a leading multi-stakeholder nonprofit that counts some of the world’s top brands and retailers among its members. In a report published earlier this week, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) described how a handful…… Continue reading How Two Factories Achieved a ‘Living Wage’ for Supply Chain Workers

Troubles in Vietnam Weigh Down Its Imports to U.S.

While a surge in Covid cases leading to factory closures in Vietnam, and capacity problems in Cambodia disrupted normal sourcing patterns in July, U.S. apparel imports still increased 14.9 percent year over year to 2.51 billion square meter equivalents (SME), according to data released Thursday by the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA)….… Continue reading Troubles in Vietnam Weigh Down Its Imports to U.S.