Bangladesh Extends Strike to 120 Hours

Bangladesh’s opposition party has called for an extension to the 72-hour hike, changing it instead to 120 hours—reportedly the fifth time the party has extended a scheduled strike. Now the strike … Read More

India: Gujarat to Impose 5% Tax on Technical Textiles

India's Gujarat government’s finance minister, Saurabh Patel announced last week in a state budget presentation that the government will impose a 5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on technical … Read More

ICAC: Record Cotton Stocks Held Outside China

At the end of the current cotton crop season, world ending stocks are projected up 11 percent to nearly 22 million tons, according to an International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) report released … Read More

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Next Founder George Davies Launches FG4 in UK

George Davies, the brains behind Next, George at Asda and the Per Una range at Marks & Spencer, is bringing his FG4 clothing business to the U.K. market this month — and he’s eschewing the high … Read More

UK Textile Workers Paid Less Than Half Legal and Living Wage

“Made in Britain” may not conjure notions of an exploited workforce, but according to a new report, workers in the country’s Leicester and East Midlands garment sectors are being paid as little has … Read More

Cotton Prices Spike 7.9% in February

Cotton prices rose nearly 8 percent in February, according to the latest numbers from the Agriculture Department. The seven-market U.S. average cotton spot price increased by 7.9%, or $0.045, to … Read More

Op-Ed: FTAs: Who Needs Them?

For all the fuss about free trade agreements (FTAs) and duty-free concessions, in 2014 they had a peculiarly patchy effect on where buyers chose to source. The European Union had, as always, a … Read More

Amber Road Acquires ecVision

PRESS RELEASE: EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, March 2, 2015 – Amber Road (NYSE: AMBR), a leading provider of global trade management (GTM) solutions, announced today that it has acquired ecVision, a cloud-based … Read More

New X-Rite and Pantone Color Measurement Tool Improves Color Compliance

Pantone and its parent company X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, unveiled Monday a new series of tools for accurate color measurement across the supply … Read More

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ILO: 17 Million Children Engaged in Child Labor in South Asia

Instances of child labor have often been buzzed about in low cost countries, but a new International Labour Organization (ILO) study on the subject found that nearly 17 million children between ages … Read More

What Net Neutrality Approval Means for E-Commerce

Net neutrality scored a big win Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted three to two in favor of regulating broadband Internet service as a public utility. This means that from … Read More

State of Trade Report: Costs, Port Problems and China Top of Mind for Sourcing Stakeholders

Global trade and sourcing is constantly in flux, and each year brings both familiar challenges and new angles to analyze for sustaining a successful business. Sourcing Journal partnered with … Read More

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India: Textile Ministry to Promote Apparel and Garment Sector in Nagaland

India's government launched two new initiatives in Nagaland to bolster apparel and textile growth in the North East Region. The country's Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, … Read More

Revmetrix Launches Data Tracking Platform for Omnichannel Retailers

Omnichannel retail is nothing new. For the past several years industry experts and analysts have increasingly told retailers, big and small, that in order to survive they need to deliver a seamless … Read More

Personalized Experiences Curb Cart Abandonment, Increase Conversion

Personalized shopping experiences are helpful not only in capturing faithful customers, but they are also helping to decreasing cart abandonment and increasing online sales. According to an … Read More

National Brands Propel Kohl’s to “Greatness” in 2014

Mid-tier U.S. department store operator Kohl’s Corporation (KSS) posted financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 that beat Wall Street expectations. Kohl's announced that for … Read More

L Brands Sales and Earnings Top Estimates, but Guidance for 2015 Tempered

Victoria’s Secret parent L Brands posted financial performance that topped Wall Street estimates on both the top- and bottom-lines for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year. Net sales for the … Read More

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Gap Q4 Earnings Rise 10% as Old Navy Moves Full Steam Ahead

Gap Inc., owner of the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and other brands, announced fourth quarter and full fiscal year financial results. For the quarter ending Jan. 31, net sales were up 3 … Read More

Ron Johnson Back in the Apparel Business

Ron Johnson, mastermind behind Apple’s retail success and ousted J.C. Penney CEO, is taking another stab at selling apparel. Edgy women’s e-tailer Nasty Gal announced Thursday that Johnson is … Read More

TJX Beats Estimates in Q4 and 2014, Puts Expansion Plans on Steroids

Global apparel and home fashions off-price leader TJX Companies (TJX) announced above-plan sales and earnings results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31, and accelerated store … Read More

Bangladesh: 72-Hour Strike Scheduled on Top of 52-Day Blockade; Insiders Predict Shipping Delays

Textiles moving in and out of Bangladesh could face more delays as the country’s opposition party has called a 72-hour hartal, or strike, starting Sunday to protest the current crossfire with the … Read More

J.C. Penney Beats Sales Goals, but Remains in Earnings Rehab

The J.C. Penney Company (JCP) announced financial results Thursday for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014. Although fourth-quarter sales topped Wall Street estimates, earnings missed, … Read More

Study: 94% of Millennials Use Smartphones to Research Purchases

It’s official: Brands and retailers without a mobile-optimized website risk losing out on potential sales. According to the seventh annual MyBuys “Personalization Consumer Survey,” published Feb. 20, … Read More

Myanmar: The Next Major Apparel Production Hub?

The apparel industry is keeping a watchful eye on Myanmar, also called Burma, where labor disputes and continued concerns over factory safety compliance and other issues have stymied a … Read More

California Textile Co. Brings Manufacturing Back to South Carolina

American manufacturing may be picking up pace at least in South Carolina, once a relevant textile production hub, as Venus Group, Inc., a textile manufacturer specializing in linens, aprons, uniforms, … Read More

Apparel Prices Continue to Drop in January

After dropping 3 percent in December, apparel prices continued their freefall in January, declining another 2.4% year-over-year, their third straight month of decline and second biggest drop in more … Read More