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  • UK retailers welcome Budget rates respite
    UK retailers have welcomed a rate respite implemented in the Chancellor's Budget today (22 November) that will see the move from RPI to CPI indexation brought forward by two years. Read more »
  • New level of agility needed to tackle sourcing challenges
    Traditional sourcing, trade and commerce networks that have been relatively stable for years are now in a state of flux - and companies need to re-engineer their processes and supporting systems if they are to achieve the new levels of agility required to respond to these new market forces. Read more »
  • Sae-A Trading leads another medical mission in Haiti
    South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, has led another medical mission to Northern Haiti, providing free medical care to local residents in the communities surrounding its factories. Read more »
  • Sports Direct eyes GBP1bn credit facility
    UK high street sportswear chain Sports Direct says it is likely to seek a deal to extend its revolving credit facility (RCF) to GBP1bn (US$1.3bn) after entering into a deal to borrow up to GBP907.5m. Read more »
  • Under Armour head of footwear leaves as sales stumble
    Embattled athletic wear maker Under Armour is parting company with Peter Ruppe, the head of its struggling footwear division, after less than two years in the role. Read more »
  • Armor-Lux selects PLM for reliable data exchange
    French ready-to-wear company Armor-Lux has invested in product lifecycle management (PLM) software to accelerate product development and ensure the reliable exchange of data between product development teams and their sub-contractors. Read more »
  • Disney project builds better factory working conditions
    A year-long global project on improving working conditions in factories making Disney-branded products around the world has successfully trained 201 managers from 115 licensee companies that in turn contract some 2,447 factories. Read more »
  • EU approves new ruling to protect dye workers
    Stricter European Union (EU) rules will better protect textile workers using dyes from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens thanks to a final approval by Parliament. Read more »
  • Egypt's textile exports reach US$673m in 10 months
    Egypt's textile exports reached US$673m in the first ten months of the year, new figures show, with Turkey remaining the top top importer. Read more »
  • Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises
    While wages in developing Asia's garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall - particularly for women - a new analysis suggests. Read more »
  • Start-up uses crowd sizing for better fitting clothes
    A Korean start-up aims to remove the guesswork from garment sizing and instead use crowd sizing and clustering to make clothes that fit. Read more »
  • US hearings to address "unfair" port charges
    The US Federal Marine Commission is to hold public hearings in January to gather input on a petition seeking a rule or policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair demurrage and detention fees amid uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes. Read more »
  • Customer data heralds new fashion industry opportunities
    The multiple ways in which the fashion industry's ecosystem can use customer data was the focus of a recent roundtable discussion - with panellists agreeing its impact spans everything from customer satisfaction, to competitiveness, revenues or waste limitation. Read more »
  • US sets out revised NAFTA negotiating objectives
    The United States has set out a revised set of objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico - with a focus on transparency and expanded investment. Read more »
  • Arcadia's new finance system to aid international growth
    British retail group Arcadia has selected a new cloud-based financial software solution to help support international growth of its Topshop and Topman brands. Read more »
  • Animal gets faster with warehouse management software
    UK board sportswear brand Animal has invested in a new warehouse management system to manage its warehouse operations, and says it is already seeing faster, more accurate picking and lower labour costs. Read more »
  • Sri Lanka opens first of 150 mini apparel factories
    The first of 150 "mini" garment factories has opened in a Sri Lankan village originally set up for displaced people, as part of a US$1.8m national apparel initiative implemented by the Government. Read more »
  • Brandix eyes athleisure with Best Pacific fabric venture
    Leading Sri Lankan garment exporter Brandix is launching a joint venture with synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific of Hong Kong to produce warp knit synthetic fabric and webbing in Sri Lanka. Read more »
  • Teijin revises CSR guidelines, targets forced labour
    Polymer and textile specialist Teijin Limited has revised its corporate social responsibility (CSR) procurement guidelines in a move that specifies "more detailed efforts" regarding human rights and labour in supply chains. Read more »
  • US Q3 in brief - Guess, Caleres, Dollar Tree, Chico's, J Crew
    In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, fashion retailer Guess moved to a loss as sales declined in the Americas, Urban Outfitters booked mixed results but with record sales, Foot Locker revealed results in line with expectations, while US apparel giant VF Corporation hailed "strong" third-quarter results, despite a drop in profit. Read more »