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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 29:
1st quarter 2015

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Talking strategy: Peter Needle of Segura Systems discusses the increasing demand for transparent apparel supply chains
International trade in denim fabric and denim jeans (25 pages)
Global Apparel Markets: product developments and innovations, 1st quarter 2015 (12 pages)
Trade and trade policy: the US clothing import market, July 2015 (33 pages)
Global Apparel Markets: business update, 1st quarter 2015 (24 pages)

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Talking strategy: Peter Needle of Segura Systems discusses the increasing demand for transparent apparel supply chains
published in Issue 29, 1st quarter 2015  


Apparel brands and retailers are under growing pressure to become socially more responsible and to make their supply chains more transparent. In response, they have reduced risk within their supply chains by auditing the factories they source from and cancelling contracts with suppliers who do not adhere to their strict guidelines. However, there is a limit to what can be achieved when carrying out factory audits, and abuses of human rights continue to be rife in several major sourcing countries. Also, subcontracting is common in the industry, and in many cases brands and retailers have little control over - or even awareness of - abuses and breaches of guidelines which occur at the subcontracting stage. Increasing numbers of brands and retailers are using management software programs in order to overcome these challenges. In this edition of "Talking strategy", Peter Needle, a founder of Segura Systems - a UK-based company which supplies cloud-based production tracking software - discusses the complexity of today's supply chains and how software such as Segura can enable a brand or retailer to take control of his entire supply chain. Also, he provides an overview of challenges in apparel supply chains and an outlook into future trends in sourcing and technology for the apparel industry.

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Four times a year, Global Apparel Markets provides essential and up-to-date analysis and insight into the global apparel industry.

Reports contain updates on developments in the apparel sector, trade and trade policy, research-based information on individual market sectors, business news and expert opinions on strategy to keep retailers, manufacturers and investors informed of the facts and figures which will affect their businesses.

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a detailed research-based report or company profile covering information on sourcing, developments in technology, colour and/or fabric trends, market sectors such as discount retailing, or other issues which affect companies in the apparel industry;
a round-up of industry developments and innovations in the apparel sector;
a feature on trade and trade policy;
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