US retailers are selling around 21% fewer items at full price this year in the run-up to Black Friday, compared to the same time last year, as many find themselves trapped in the cycle of promotions and markdowns.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking comments on plans to extend the collection of information on children's sleepwear flammability standards - a burden estimated to cost manufacturers and importers a total of 207,000 hours a year.
Groups including those representing global apparel retailers and importers, are urging the World Bank to suspend loans to Uzbekistan over concerns about the use of forced labour in this autumn's cotton harvest.
Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN member states and China have agreed on an upgrade to the ASEAN China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) - the world's largest in terms of the total population of its signatories.
Global sports and leisure goods retailer Decathlon is to roll-out radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions in more than 400 stores globally and further extend its RFID source tagging programme for millions of products in all its stores around the world.
Monitoring of workers during the 2015 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has offered a mixed assessment, with no systematic use of child labour found but "serious concerns" raised over the risk of forced labour.