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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 46:
July 2020

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Talking strategy: COVID-19 is leading to fissures in apparel supply chain relationships (8 pages)
International trade in denim fabric and denim jeans, 2020 (31 pages)
Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, July 2020 (12 pages)
Global apparel trade and trade policy: the EU clothing import market and its ten largest supplying countries, July 2020 (44 pages)
Global apparel markets: business update, July 2020 (12 pages)

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Talking strategy: COVID-19 is leading to fissures in apparel supply chain relationships

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the world's economies and led to fissures in apparel supply chain relationships which will take years to heal. Several Western apparel retailers have been forced to take drastic measures, and cuts in store numbers and jobs have been announced by UK-based Arcadia Group, Burberry, Harrods, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Ted Baker. Meanwhile, in the USA, JCPenney, PVH and Recreational Equipment Inc (REI) have announced significant job cuts, and Brooks Brothers has filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. Less widely publicised is the plight of suppliers suffering from cancellations of orders by major Western brands and retailers. Many are unable to resell the goods they have made because the same brands and retailers insist that they remove and replace accessories such as buttons rivets and zippers, which would make the goods unsaleable. On the other side of the coin, failure by suppliers to protect their workers during the pandemic has tarnished the reputation of the online retailer Boohoo as a UK-based supplier which the company was using has been accused of forcing employees with COVID-19 to come into work. In response, high-profile companies such as Asos, Next and Zalando have stopped selling Boohoo goods. In this report, Robin Anson analyses the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the retail landscapes in the UK and the USA with particular reference to major fashion brands in these markets. Also, he discusses the effect of the pandemic on suppliers to major fashion brands, and highlights ways in which supply chain risks can be minimised.

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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;
advice from industry experts on strategy; and
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