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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Infrastructure and financial viability hamper textile recycling  (2020-09-23)
  The European Outdoor Group (EOG) says it is apparent that more can be done to understand the practices of recycling specifically undertaken within the textile supply chain after conducting research to inform the development of collection and sorting infrastructures.
Nike sees permanent digital shift as online sales soar 82%  (2020-09-23)
  US sporting giant Nike says the shift to online sales could be a permanent trend after it revealed an 82% increase in digital sales in the first quarter.
China defends Xinjiang's "tremendous efforts" on human rights  (2020-09-23)
  China has hit back at allegations over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang by saying its actions in the region are focused on counterterrorism and anti-separatism.
US lawmakers vote for action against Xinjiang forced labour  (2020-09-23)
  The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region - a move US apparel industry executives have previously warned would cause massive upheaval and supply chain disruption.
Aldo UK bought out of administration  (2020-09-22)
  The UK arm of footwear retailer Aldo has been acquired by Bushell Investment Group (BIG), saving 150 jobs and creating an additional 50 roles across the business over the next 12 months.
Gender inequality in apparel industry going unnoticed  (2020-09-22)
  Apparel companies have a critical role to play in driving gender equality and women's empowerment. But a new study has deemed current corporate disclosure around gender efforts is "woefully insufficient", particularly at supply chain level.
Ralph Lauren the latest to trim its global workforce  (2020-09-22)
  Ralph Lauren Corporation is restructuring, with plans including cuts to its global workforce and a 'Digitizing the Value Chain' project to enable faster and more connected decision-making from product design to market.
Browzwear VStitcher extension acts as virtual photo studio  (2020-09-22)
  3D design and prototyping software specialist Browzwear has partnered with virtual fitting room company Metail to bring garment-on-model visualisations to its VStitcher fashion design solution.
Lenzing rolls out carbon-neutral fibres to combat climate change  (2020-09-22)
  Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is rolling out carbon-zero lyocell and modal fibres in a bid to combat climate change.
Traditional holiday shopping season is "meaningless" this year  (2020-09-22)
  November-December has traditionally been defined as holiday season but this year that is "meaningless" and will probably be the case forever due to the coronavirus pandemic's dramatic effects on shopping behaviours and long-bubbling retail trends now accelerated by the pandemic, argues a global consulting firm.
J.Crew closes UK business with loss of 75 jobs  (2020-09-22)
  US apparel retailer J.Crew Group has appointed liquidators for its UK business, resulting in the closure of all stores in the country.
YKK teams with Polygiene for anti-viral zipper  (2020-09-22)
  Fastener manufacturer YKK has teamed up with Swedish odour control specialist Polygiene on a new line of zippers featuring treatment that is said to physically halt 99% of any viral activity.
Browzwear VStitcher now includes garment-on-model visualisations  (2020-09-22)
  3D design and prototyping software specialist Browzwear has partnered with virtual fitting room company Metail to bring garment-on-model visualisations to its VStitcher fashion design solution.
South Africa makers using pandemic to cut worker wages  (2020-09-22)
  Textile and garment manufacturers in South Africa are being accused of wanting to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to reduce the wages and benefits of over 75,000 workers.
#PayUp campaign shifts focus to worker rights  (2020-09-22)
  After helping to secure US$22bn from fashion retailers for cancelled clothing orders, workers' rights organisation Remake is taking its #PayUp campaign to the next level by launching a long-term vision for change.

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