BusinessPerspectivesFeature

Sourcing Scoop: Spencer Fung on the Fate of Li & Fung’s Business in the Face of Accelerating Disruption

Though Li & Fung has been working on its new Three-Year Plan to digitize and speed up the supply chain and its evolution to agent 2.0, the business has still hit on hard times as retail wriggles out of its old skin and into a new life.

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TradeNews

Could NAFTA End Up Being a US-Canada Bilateral Trade Deal?

Though a recent study said ending the North American Free Trade Agreement could cost the U.S. up to 50,000 jobs in the auto parts industry alone, President Trump still seems to be very cavalier about whether the renegotiations will end in a deal or no deal.

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SustainabilityFeature

H&M Bets on These Sustainability Innovators to Help it Dial Back Fast Fashion’s Impacts

H&M is trying to bring sustainable innovation to scale. And though some might argue the fast fashion purveyor has been a leader in the movement to more of the very throwaway clothes the industry is now trying to save from landfills, it’s also been a leader in finding new ways for fashion to do less damage.

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SustainabilityFeature

Pivot or Die: The Megatrends That Will Capsize Your Supply Chain if You’re Not Paying Attention

If last year meant change for the apparel industry, this year it’s time for a pivot. And in particular, a pivot toward more sustainable business practices. Without it, extinction will be a sure bet.

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LaborNews

Wage Hike in Cambodia Rises Higher Than Expected

Next year, garment workers in Cambodia will be earning 11 percent higher wages. The agreed upon increase was higher than original outlined, and workers' unions—though pleased for now—have already committed to continuing the fight for fairer pay.

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TradeNews

USTR: Once NAFTA Trade Talks are Resolved, CAFTA’s Next

Once the “problem” of trade within this America is solved, the U.S. government will be looking to Latin America to tackle imbalances there.

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Raw MaterialsFeature

Advancements in Cotton Activewear Could Give the Synthetic Kind a Run for Its Money

Cotton hasn’t been first to mind when it comes to performance apparel, but brands are tapping the natural fiber for their in-demand activewear, and the gap between what cotton can do and what synthetics can do may be shrinking.

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