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  • New Centric PLM release now tackles multiple markets
    Centric Software has released the latest version of its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, which focuses on streamlining the go-to-market of products destined for multiple markets and/or channels. Read more »
  • Puma ups guidance as Q1 earnings surge 36%
    German sportswear brand Puma has raised its full-year guidance on the back of double-digit growth across all regions and product segments in its first-quarter and strong footwear sales. Read more »
  • EU and Singapore progress on trade deal
    The European Union and Singapore have finished negotiating their free trade and investment protection agreements, marking the first step towards their signature and conclusion. Read more »
  • Boardriders completes Billabong acquisition
    Boardriders Inc, a global action sports and lifestyle company that owns the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes brands, has completed its acquisition of embattled Australian surfwear brand Billabong International. Read more »
  • ZDHC accepts two new certification standards
    Control Union and NSF International have been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as its newest certification standards. Read more »
  • EU seeks swift conclusion of Japan trade pact
    The European Union and Japan have taken another step towards completing their Economic Partnership Agreement - the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated by the two parties. Read more »
  • Survey seeks feedback on modern slavery in supply chains
    Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), which works to end human trafficking in the UK and worldwide, has launched a new survey to find out what garment sector companies really think about the Modern Slavery Act. Read more »
  • EU and Mexico reach new agreement on trade
    The European Union (EU) and Mexico have agreed on an upgrade to their 15-year-old free trade deal. Read more »
  • Asket garments to carry full traceability labels
    Swedish menswear brand Asket is taking a leap towards transparency in its supply chain by disclosing each step of its garments' journey from cotton seed to final product - and putting the information into every single item of clothing. Read more »
  • American & Efird shares sustainability highlights
    Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has hailed continuing progress and improvements in global water recycling and reuse, along with a reduction in carbon footprint, outlined in its just-released 2017-2018 Corporate Sustainability Report. Read more »
  • World trade growth in 2018 hangs on policy choices
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is forecasting "strong" global trade growth in 2018 and 2019, but has also warned that escalating trade tensions may already be affecting business confidence and investment decisions. Read more »
  • Adidas and Reebok top latest supply chain transparency index
    Adidas, Reebok, Puma, and Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) have topped the latest release of an index that monitors and ranks high street clothing brands on transparency across their value chains. Read more »
  • Consumers link supply chain to brand experience
    A new survey suggests consumers want visibility into the supply chain when purchasing goods - and will switch brands if supply chain performance fails to meet their expectations. Read more »
  • Bamboo Rose adds supplier financing option
    The Bamboo Rose digital product lifecycle management platform is adding a financing solution to retail suppliers via Seaport Global's invoiceXcel service. Read more »
  • Abercrombie & Fitch pressured to sign 2018 Accord
    Groups of labour rights groups and consumers have protested at US stores operated by teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) as they try to persuade the company to sign the 2018 Bangladesh Accord. Read more »
  • US garment supplier restrained over wage violations
    A US garment manufacturer has been temporarily restrained from shipping orders to its buyer Charlotte Russe after an investigation found it to have committed overtime and wage violations. Read more »
  • Farfetch launches tech accelerator
    Farfetch, a marketplace for luxury brands, has launched a new accelerator initiative to support technology start-ups, with Burberry onboard as the first partner organisation. Read more »
  • H&M progresses on Bangladesh worker representation
    Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) says 450,000 textile workers at 227 of its Bangladesh factories are now represented by a democratically-elected representative. Read more »
  • Guess commits to sustainable cotton sourcing
    Fashion retailer Guess Inc has become the latest brand to join the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to help address its water use. Read more »
  • US Q1 in brief - Steve Madden, Levi Strauss, Skechers USA
    In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Levi Strauss moved to a loss as it was hit by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but raised its full-year 2018 revenue guidance, while casual footwear brand Skechers USA achieved a new quarterly sales record. Read more »