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Asia Garment Hub is a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Fostering Collaboration

With Covid-19 continuing to ravage large swaths of Asia, throwing the region’s garment supply chains into turmoil, stakeholder collaboration and communication have become more vital than ever. The newly launched Asia Garment Hub seeks to do precisely that. By gathering expertise, insight and resources from across the sector, the digital platform aims to “elevate best…… Continue reading Asia Garment Hub is a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Fostering Collaboration

Delta Chokes China Air Freight, Puts Vietnam in Lockdown Limbo

Another outbreak of the Delta variant in China has significantly hampered both air freight and cargo pickup and delivery throughout the country, with two major Chinese airports and the country’s second-biggest port all temporarily suspending operations to start August. And in Vietnam, the outbreak has forced authorities in Ho Chi Minh City to extend curfew…… Continue reading Delta Chokes China Air Freight, Puts Vietnam in Lockdown Limbo

Fire Roars Through Bangladesh Leather Factory

A fire has destroyed a leather factory in the Bangladeshi city of Narayanganj less than a month after a deadly inferno claimed the lives of more than 50 people at a juice-processing plant in the area. Firefighters spent hours dousing the flames, which ate away at a two-story facility owned by United Leather Industries, a…… Continue reading Fire Roars Through Bangladesh Leather Factory

US Jeans Imports Up 32% in First Half Amid Sourcing Shifts

Blue denim apparel imports–the vast majority of which is jeans–saw a major comeback in the first half of the year as retailers and brands restocked shelves and scrambled to fill online orders. Related Articles U.S. jeans imports increased 32.87 percent in the January-to-June period, reaching a value of $1.44 billion, according to the Commerce Department’s… Continue reading US Jeans Imports Up 32% in First Half Amid Sourcing Shifts

Target, Walmart Linked to Xinjiang Cotton as China Lashes Out With ‘Nutty Propaganda’

Despite being banned in the United States, cotton from a powerful Chinese paramilitary organization that reportedly uses forced Uyghur Muslim labor is still infiltrating the supply chains of American retailers such as Target and Walmart, a new report claims. Analysis of public data reveals that neither sanctions nor outrage has sufficiently prevented the Xinjiang Production…… Continue reading Target, Walmart Linked to Xinjiang Cotton as China Lashes Out With ‘Nutty Propaganda’

Textile Mills Left Out of July US Manufacturing Increase

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector grew in July, with the overall economy notching a 14th consecutive month of growth, the nation’s supply executives said in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) “Report On Business.” Textiles mills did not partake in the good fortune, however, reporting declines in manufacturing growth, new orders…… Continue reading Textile Mills Left Out of July US Manufacturing Increase

Boohoo, Shein Scramble to Save Face on Supply-Chain Shortcomings

Is ultra-fast fashion due for a reckoning? Pure-play upstarts like Boohoo and Shein, whose agile if obstinately opaque supply chains pump out cut-price clothing at rates that make H&M and Zara look positively sluggish, are certainly facing more intense scrutiny as their market shares mushroom. Some are even in danger of running afoul of the…… Continue reading Boohoo, Shein Scramble to Save Face on Supply-Chain Shortcomings

‘Once-in-a-Generation Sourcing Shift’ Drives Apparel Imports Surge

The first half of 2021 saw a major surge in U.S. apparel imports–38.39 percent to 13.37 billion square meter equivalents (SME)–as retailers and brands restocked and traditional powerhouse suppliers solidified their positions, but they can feel the heat of many competitor nations nipping at their heels. In the January-to-June period, several Asian and Western Hemisphere…… Continue reading ‘Once-in-a-Generation Sourcing Shift’ Drives Apparel Imports Surge

Cambodia Greenlights New Garment Factories Creating 9,500 Jobs

Cambodia will soon see an influx of more than 9,500 apparel jobs, as the country’s development council has approved eight new projects with garment producers worth $71.4 million. The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) issued registration certificates to Remstex Fashion, Top Form, New Wide Apparel, General Enterprises and Sortics Alliance to set up…… Continue reading Cambodia Greenlights New Garment Factories Creating 9,500 Jobs

Mounting sourcing challenges in Vietnam put Under Armour on alert for product cancellations

Dive Brief: Under Armour is experiencing product delays “that could lead to some cancellations here and there” in the second half of 2021, which it has included in its year-end outlook, CFO David Bergman said on this week’s earnings call. The product delays stem from a myriad of challenges in Vietnam — where Under Armour… Continue reading Mounting sourcing challenges in Vietnam put Under Armour on alert for product cancellations