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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Ralph Lauren, PVH spearhead gender parity roadmap  (2020-10-22)
  Ralph Lauren Corporation, PVH Corp and Lacoste are among the members of a new fashion industry group that has developed a roadmap to guide the sector toward making measurable progress in achieving gender parity.
Better Factories Cambodia showing real results  (2020-10-22)
  Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) says its programme is showing real results in the working conditions of garment workers but admits there is more work to be done in relation to gender differences in areas such as wages and harassment.
Gap brand mulls store closures across Europe  (2020-10-22)
  US apparel brand Gap is to pull back its store presence in Europe with the potential closure of bricks and mortar stores across the continent and the possibility of transferring some of the business to third-parties.
Better Cotton Initiative halts Xinjiang operations  (2020-10-22)
  The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is to halt all field-level activities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China, where ongoing allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses "have contributed to an increasingly untenable operating environment."
Otabo furthers digital strategy with PLM  (2020-10-22)
  Full-service footwear and apparel manufacturer Otabo has implemented a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help manage its growth.
Kingpins adds fabric sourcing hub to online event  (2020-10-22)
  The organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have outlined plans for the next edition of its online-only event Kingpins24, which will also feature a new online sourcing platform that digitises denim collections from mills around the globe.
Zalando acquires body scanning tech firm Fision  (2020-10-22)
  German fashion e-tailer Zalando has acquired Swiss mobile body scanning developer Fision AG as part of its bid to solve the fashion industry's key challenge of size and fit.
Fashion industry facing digital skills gap post-Covid  (2020-10-22)
  A new global survey has found while there is clearly still a need for strong fundamental skills in the fashion industry - such as apparel costing, sourcing, and supply chain management - there is a gap in so-called "future" skills that combine 3D digitalisation and data skills with technical skills.
Adidas poised to sell Reebok?  (2020-10-22)
  German sporting goods giant Adidas is said to be mulling a sale of its Reebok business, which it acquired in 2006 for US$3.8bn.
Epic Group partners with BRAC on women's leadership scheme  (2020-10-22)
  Garment manufacturing giant Epic Group is launching a dedicated training scheme for women workers at its factories in Bangladesh in conjunction with international development organisation BRAC. 
Higg FSLM tackles audit fatigue with new scoring tool  (2020-10-22)
  Global brands now have the ability to assess social and labour performance of their supplier facilities with a standard scoring system added to the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM).
New web platform takes shape for 3D fashion products  (2020-10-21)
  A new online platform designed to help the fashion industry develop 3D virtual products more efficiently - and, crucially, connect with other industry solutions - is moving closer to launch.
Why forest management is central to sustainable fashion  (2020-10-21)
  The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has launched a new campaign to raise industry awareness of the importance of sourcing materials from sustainably managed forests and outlined a roadmap to help brands and retailers ensure their businesses supports and benefits from sustainable forest management.
Performance Days goes virtual for December edition  (2020-10-21)
  The organisers of Performance Days have cancelled this year's physical December edition of the functional fabric fair in favour of a digital event amid an increasing number of Covid-19 infections and further international travel bans.
Adidas enlists consumer help to close the loop  (2020-10-21)
  German sportswear giant Adidas is turning to consumers to help better understand how it can close the loop as part of its 'Made to be Remade' project.

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