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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Covid-19 daily update 30 March 2020 - Governments and commentators - FREE TO READ  (2020-03-30)
  A daily update of major developments in the evolving Covid-19 coronavirus crisis and its global implications - with emphasis on major national government developments, forecasts and commentaries.
Esprit places German subsidiaries in administration  (2020-03-30)
  Hong Kong-listed fashion retailer Esprit has placed six of its German subsidiary companies in administration while it works out a restructuring plan for the business.
US signals intent to start Kenya trade talks  (2020-03-30)
  The Office of the US Trade Representative has put the wheels in motion on the beginnings a potential trade deal with Kenya after informing Congress of its intent to start negotiations with the East African country.
Better Cotton Initiative suspends activities in Xinjiang  (2020-03-30)
  The Better Cotton Initiative has suspended its activities in Xinjiang, China, on the back of concerns over the prevalence of labour abuses in the region.
HSBC rolls out support for Bangladesh factories hit by Covid-19  (2020-03-30)
  The Bangladesh arm of HSBC bank has said it will roll out measures to provide "immediate assistance" to the suffering textile and garments sector that has been hit by Covid-19 and the related economic impact.
Mothercare claims significant progress on transformation  (2020-03-30)
  UK mother and baby goods retailer Mothercare says the coronavirus crisis will likely impact its revenues short-term and there have been delays to its franchise deal with Boots, but says "significant" progress is being made on its transformation project.
Ted Baker names Osborne permanent CEO  (2020-03-30)
  Ted Baker has named Rachel Osborne as its permanent CEO.
WTO forecasts "sharp" decline in global trade  (2020-03-30)
  The World Trade Organization (WTO) is predicting a "very sharp" decline in global trade, with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic expected to have an "enormous impact" on the economy and on jobs.
Sourcemap, Resortecs join Ellen MacArthur CE100 network  (2020-03-30)
  A new cohort of global innovators and thought leaders have joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network, including Belgian thread manufacturer Resortecs and digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap.
Mothercare makes "significant" progress on transformation  (2020-03-30)
  UK mother and baby goods retailer Mothercare says the coronavirus crisis will likely impact its revenues short-term and there have been delays to its franchise deal with Boots, but says "significant" progress is being made on its transformation project.
Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages  (2020-03-27)
  Retailers H&M, Canada Goose, Nike Inc and luxury firms including Kering are among those mobilising their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 
SGS product recalls platform adds Australia & Canada data  (2020-03-27)
  Verification, testing and certification company SGS has expanded its product recalls online platform with Australia and Canada now contributing official data alongside the European Union and the US.
British Fashion Council launches GBP1m Covid-19 crisis fund  (2020-03-27)
  The British Fashion Council (BFC) is making GBP1m (US$1.2m) of emergency funds available to help support creative fashion businesses and individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Retailers will be remembered for their coronavirus response  (2020-03-27)
  Retailers that have made bold commitments to their staff, customers and the wider community during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak are most likely to be in favour with shoppers when normality returns - including fashion brands that are harnessing their production capacity to produce equipment to help fight the pandemic.
US apparel group praises move on stimulus efforts  (2020-03-27)
  An unprecedented $2.2 trillion US economic rescue package has been welcomed by groups representing apparel and footwear brands and importers - who are also urging for further action in the form of tariff relief.

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