80,000 clothing and textile workers in South Africa are set to receive full pay for the next six weeks as part of a landmark package agreed as the country goes into lockdown to try to limit the spread of coronavirus.
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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.
Top stories this week on just-style were all centered around the Covid-19 virus pandemic with a look at how the crisis is encouraging textile trade shows to consider virtual and other digital alternatives, and why Bangladesh's apparel industry is in gridlock. Meanwhile, retailer Primark has cancelled all orders with its suppliers and closed all of its stores, and Next Plc has warned it could lose up to GBP1bn (US$1.15bn) in sales as the coronavirus impacts demand.
Fabric and interlinings manufacturer Chargeurs Group is refocusing its production capabilities on protective masks and hydro-alcoholic gel in industrial quantities to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and address personal protection equipment (PPE) shortages.
US general merchandise retailer Target has withdrawn its full-year financial guidance despite "unusually strong traffic and sales" as consumers continue to stock up on essentials such as food and medicine to see them through country-wide lockdowns during the coronavirus outbreak.
Global standards organisation ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to a suite of 24 standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help combat the Covid-19 public health emergency.
SEAMS - the National Association for the US Sewn Products Industry - has launched a community programme to help tackle the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) by aligning sourcing agents with PPE supply chains.
Apparel software maker Gerber Technology has launched a dedicated task force to help manufacturers convert their production to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to a shortage of items such as masks and gowns.