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  • C&A Foundation strengthens transparency commitment
    C&A Foundation has become the first European foundation to sign up to the Glasspockets initiative which works to champion philanthropic transparency in today's online world. Read more »
  • UK sets out strategy to become "exporting superpower"
    The UK Government has set out plans to make Britain a "21st Century exporting superpower" through better use of overseas networks, online tools and business-to-business networking. Read more »
  • New US port contract limits full automation
    A new labour contract has been tentatively agreed that will limit full automation of terminals and equipment at East and Gulf Coast Ports in the US. Read more »
  • Speeding the footwear cycle is no fast-fix solution
    Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are all on parallel missions to supercharge their supply chains through the introduction of so-called "speed" factories, but it's becoming clear that there's no quick-fix solution and the process requires a steep learning curve. Read more »
  • New thermal technology with activewear potential
    Scientists in the United States have collaborated to develop a material that can dynamically regulate its thermal properties - switching back and forth between insulating and cooling - and is said to have massive potential for activewear. Read more »
  • Bangladesh RMG workers to get welfare aid via mobile transfer
    Garment workers in Bangladesh are to receive financial assistance via mobile money transfer thanks to a new agreement inked by the country's Labour Welfare Foundation. Read more »
  • Over 600 House of Fraser warehouse jobs at risk
    The jobs of over 600 workers are at risk at two distribution centres operated by House of Fraser warehouse operator XPO Logistics amid an ongoing dispute between the two over an unpaid bill. Read more »
  • Back-to-school shoppers hold out for late deals
    As students prepared to head back to class this month, around 65% of consumers are still on the lookout for new clothing and 54% for shoes as they hold out for late deals. Read more »
  • Vivobarefoot develops plant-based shoes
    London-based shoe company Vivobarefoot has added plant-based footwear to its sustainable shoe offering. Read more »
  • NCTO renews call for tariffs on China apparel
    The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has reiterated its call for finished textile and apparel products to be included on the list of proposed Section 301 tariffs on $200bn in imports from China. Read more »
  • Superflex rebrands, acquires Lumo Bodytech
    US apparel firm Superflex has rebranded as Seismic and acquired the intellectual property (IP) of Lumo Bodytech, a motion science company known for its posture-correcting and fitness devices. Read more »
  • Asics' targets recognised by the Science Based Targets initiative
    A series of ambitious new sustainability targets, outlined by Japanese sportswear firm Asics Corporation, have been officially approved by the Science Based Targets initiative(SBTi). Read more »
  • Mulberry latest victim of House of Fraser collapse
    Luxury goods brand Mulberry has become the latest victim of House of Fraser's administration after warning it is taking a GBP3m hit linked with the retailer's collapse. Read more »
  • Walmart commits to zero waste by 2025
    US retail giant Walmart has committed to achieving "zero waste" in its operations in Canada, Japan, the UK and the US by 2025 - and says it will work with suppliers to prevent products and materials from becoming waste upstream and downstream. Read more »
  • Gildan Activewear sets out responsibility focus
    Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear is placing a greater focus on human and labour rights, health and safety, and water management following a materiality assessment carried out across the company last year. Read more »
  • Long Beach pilot to teach supply chain skills
    The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach City College have launched a new pilot programme to train workers in the supply chain and logistics industries. Read more »
  • Bangladesh sets FY garment export target of $32.7bn
    The Bangladesh Government has set its export target for the country's readymade garment sector at US$32.69bn for fiscal 2019. Read more »
  • Escalating trade war could impact US exports
    The rise of US import tariffs and the subsequent escalating trade war will hit the cost of producing goods for export and make them less competitive, economists have warned. Read more »
  • Spinnova secures funding to accelerate pilot factory
    Finland-based fibre technology company Spinnova - which is working to develop what it describes as 'the world's most sustainable textile fibre' - has secured additional financing to secure the next phase in its growth, including ramping up production at its pilot factory. Read more »
  • US Q2 in brief - Walmart, Nordstrom, JC Penney
    In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Wolverine Worldwide has raised its full-year guidance after quarterly earnings more than doubled, while Walmart booked its highest comparable sales growth for over ten years.  Read more »