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Monday, November 19, 2018
Fit Freedom to help retailers cut cost of apparel returns  (2018-11-15)
  A body measurement platform powered by augmented reality and machine learning is being made available for retailers worldwide in a bid to tackle the problem of size-related returns.
Levi Strauss & Co mulling US$5bn IPO?  (2018-11-15)
  Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is keeping tight-lipped regarding rumours the US firm is planning an initial public offering.
Speed, Asia and online key to boosting sales, says Hugo Boss   (2018-11-15)
  German fashion brand Hugo Boss has outlined a new strategic business plan, designed to increase the desirability of its Boss and Hugo brands through investments in speed and personalisation. The company, which is hosting an investor day in London today (15 November), has also revealed plans to increase group sales by an average of between 5%-7% per year through the expansion of its online business and exploiting its growth potential in Asia.
Athleisure comfort drives apparel purchasing decisions  (2018-11-15)
  Apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers have been urged to respond to consumer demand for "comfort" clothing that fits their changing lifestyles and is driving the growth of the GBP$2.5bn athleisure industry.
PTC and Rockwell launch factory innovation suite  (2018-11-15)
  Software firm PTC has joined forces with Rockwell Automation to launch a factory innovation software suite they say will enable companies to accelerate digital transformation strategies for greater productivity through making complex processes more simple.
Avocet polyester flame retardant gets Oeko-Tex certification  (2018-11-15)
  UK dye manufacturer Avocet Dye & Chemical Co Ltd has received Oeko-Tex accreditation for its CetaFlam PDP and PDP 30% polyester flame retardants.
Innovation Lab to feature at ITMA 2019 trade show  (2018-11-15)
  The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) is to host an innovation lab at the ITMA 2019 show, which it hopes will better drive industry focus on technological innovation.
Nudie Jeans moves into leather free denim  (2018-11-14)
  Swedish fashion company Nudie Jeans is now offering leather-free denim, having ditched its leather back patch and replaced it with a vegan alternative, made with recycled paper.
SAP to enhance experience management with Qualtric buy  (2018-11-14)
  Software giant SAP is to acquire technology platform Qualtrics International in an US$8bn deal that will bring experience management to supply chains, networks and core processes.
Asos among new ZDHC affiliates   (2018-11-14)
  UK-based online fashion retailer Asos is among seven new companies and associates to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.
Fast Retailing commits to UN Global Compact  (2018-11-14)
   Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact.
House of Fraser to close all Intu stores   (2018-11-14)
  UK department store retailer House of Fraser (HoF) has confirmed it is to shutter a further four stores, all of which are located in Intu shopping centres.
US cotton industry develops sustainability protocol   (2018-11-14)
  A new data collection, measurement and verification procedure has been launched in a bid to document US cotton production practices and their environmental impact.
Committee calls on fast fashion bosses for answers  (2018-11-14)
  Five leading UK online fast fashion retailers including Asos and Boohoo are to be questioned by British lawmakers later this month in the last of a series of hearings focusing on the environmental impacts of the garment industry, as well as social issues such as workers' rights and fair pay.
Vietnam ratifies the CPTPP trade pact  (2018-11-14)
  Vietnam has become the seventh country to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - or TPP-11 - which is set to come into force later this year.

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