Should apparel retailers conduct their own factory audits?

Third-party auditors offer a way for brands and retailers to understand what is going on in their supply chains around the world. But one of the lines of questioning pursued by British MPs at the recent ‘Sustainability of the Fashion Industry’ inquiry was why should local agents be responsible for enforcing conditions in supplier factories?
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How do apparel sourcing shifts impact the bottom line?

It’s no secret that apparel sourcing is in a constant state of flux. But what is less well documented is how strategies have evolved over the past few years – and their financial implications. Jillian Luetje and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware have analysed the annual reports of the 50 largest US-based apparel companies to find out.
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Changing trends in world textile and apparel trade

The value of world textile and apparel exports returned to growth in 2017 for the first time in two years, with notable trends including China’s textile shipments reaching a new record high and Vietnam’s continuing climb as a leading exporter. In turn, these shifts are closely linked to changing patterns in world apparel manufacturing, writes Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.
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How to tackle the apparel industry’s digital skills gap?

As the apparel industry wakes up to embracing digitalisation as a way of delivering on speed, customisation and transparency, it is also seeing a gap in the digital skills set of its workforce. Some tips the industry can take include collaborating with teaching staff on job expectations, sharing new technologies, and making them accessible to students.
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Outlook 2018 – What next for apparel sourcing?

How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2018, and what strategies can help apparel firms and their suppliers to stay ahead? The days of “chasing the cheapest needle” are over, executives say, and instead the need for speed is changing the way products are sourced and manufactured. A balanced and diversified sourcing portfolio remains key to enabling retailers to react faster to trends, commit less up-front and navigate political uncertainty. But China’s dominant role seems set to stay.
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