January 2013 Entries

"New Bangladesh Fire Kills 7 "

Another reason why apparel brands and retailers need to have visibility to the factories that are producing their products… http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323829504578267630667074360.html

Trade Policies, Sourcing and the Fashion Supply Chain

Part 1 of a 2-part series.

Keeping an eye on rapidly changing trade policies is essential for fashion companies. As Thomas Travis, managing partner at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, urged fashion executives at the 2012 WWD Global Sourcing Forum, "Companies should focus on turning trade policy to specific advantage. You can be an adventurer, you can be proactive or you can stand by – as long as you monitor these trade developments, because they matter. They distinguish who wins and who loses." 1

Two of the most prominent trade policy initiatives in the news these days include the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated. Among other things, the TPP will provide a major catalyst for shifting more apparel sourcing from China to other lower-wage countries, particularly Vietnam. The historic trade pact between the U.S. and Myanmar will also change the sourcing landscape; with labor rates that are substantially lower than China's, Myanmar is poised to become a hot destination for apparel manufacturing. Read on »

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