Top stories on Just Style in September …


Here are the top stories about Just Style over the past month:

The value of US clothing imports continued to decline in July
The latest figures from the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) show U.S. apparel imports and sourcing trends through July.

Clean Clothes Fashion Tracker shows that transparency is key
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) Fashion Checker website gives textile workers, activists and consumers access to data on where clothes were made and under what working conditions they were made.

What are apparel supply chain companies focusing on when hiring clouds?
Companies are increasingly looking for cloud positions in the fashion and accessories industry, but some parts of the world are proving more attractive than others.

EXCLUSIVE: Apparel Innovation Center in Bangladesh explained
The apparel sector in Bangladesh is focused on changing from volume to value oriented in order to strengthen its position in the world market. Rakib Abdullah Hil of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Association (BGMEA) speaks exclusively with Just Style about how the new Center of Innovation, Efficiency and Occupational Safety and Health will help get there.

Unprecedented supply chain disruptions threaten US economic recovery
The US economic recovery is threatened as supply chains, including the apparel and textile industries, continue to experience “unprecedented disruption,” according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).

Video: COP26 Panel – How does clothing deal with climate change?
Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November, Just Style editor Laura Husband hosted a panel with the clothing industry on the challenges and opportunities of combating climate change.

U.S. retail imports remain strong, but Covid disruptions continue
Double digit growth in imports in the country’s largest retail container ports is falling into single digits as pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions persist around the world.

High-tech Turkey is relying on the digitization of Industry 4.0 in its clothing and textile sector
The clothing and textile industry in Turkey is investing heavily in Industry 4.0 across the entire production spectrum, as digitization and e-commerce are becoming increasingly important in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

77 big brands sign new agreement for safer factories
Asos, Bestseller, Fast Retailing, John Lewis and Inditex are among the 77 brands that have signed up to the new International Agreement on Safety, which aims to make garment factories safer for workers.

Bangladesh is building on sustainability with green factories and circular economy
The apparel sector in Bangladesh continues to strive to improve its sustainability profile.

US urged to pay fair prices for clothing from Bangladesh
US brands and retailers are urged to pay fair prices on the garments they source from Bangladesh, which will help create a safer and more sustainable industry.

Promising market for clothing made from recycled materials
With consumers becoming more conscious of sustainability and building a circular economy, fashion companies, whether fast fashion retailers H&M or luxury brands, are selling more and more clothing made from recycled materials.

What does China’s CPTPP membership mean for the clothing trade?
Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, Dr. Sheng Lu, shares a preliminary analysis of the potential impact of China’s membership in CPTPP on associated trade flows in the textile and apparel trade.

ETI joins call for brands to reevaluate presence in Myanmar
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) joined global unions in calling for companies to reconsider their presence in Myanmar.

Unions are calling for a boycott of goods made in Myanmar
IndustriAll Global Union and its member in Myanmar, the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar, are calling for a boycott of goods made in Myanmar as part of a broader campaign for comprehensive economic sanctions against the military junta.

US clothing industry calls for tariff relief amid shipping crisis
The American clothing industry is demanding relief from Section 301 tariffs as the ongoing shipping crisis threatens US companies and jobs.

Covid-19 disrupts Indonesia’s digitalization push for clothing
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted Indonesia’s digitization efforts within its apparel sector. Few large companies have adopted new technologies of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in the face of a slump in exports, warned government officials and industry executives.

US clothing companies support Ocean Shipping Reform Act
A coalition of more than 152 companies and trade associations representing US importers, exporters, transportation companies and other actors in the supply chain has endorsed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021.

British competition watchdog cracking down on claims of green fashion
The UK’s competition watchdog has warned companies that they have until the New Year to make sure their environmental claims are compliant with the law.

Euratex reveals vision for a sustainable industry
Euratex shared its vision for a sustainable industry in line with the EU strategy for sustainable textiles and identified 15 action points for increasing industrial efficiency and growing world market share.

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