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Timeline - Trump's track record on trade - Update

04/03/2018

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy - much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers. To keep abreast of developments, Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has compiled a timeline of all the key milestones.

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Decathlon to significantly reduce its polyester impact

07/20/2018

Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon has pledged to significantly reduce its polyester impact, with all textile products sold in France due to be made from 100% more sustainable polyester by the end of 2021.

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Call for new US port investment to support trade

07/20/2018

US port association and border group leaders are calling for investment in the country's port infrastructure in order to support trade and facilitate the free flow of goods across borders and within the US.

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Public comment sought on latest US tariff plans

07/20/2018

The Office of the US Trade Representative is accepting public comments on the administration's proposal to implement an additional US$200bn of tariffs on Chinese imports announced last week.

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Bangladesh wage proposals "strongly condemned"

07/20/2018

An alliance of labour unions and non-governmental organisations has strongly condemned the process to set a new minimum wage for Bangladesh garment workers - and is calling on brands sourcing from the country to take action.

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Enka completes first viscose filament yarn audit

07/20/2018

German firm Enka has become the first viscose filament yarn producer to undergo a CanopyStyle audit, demonstrating it has taken action to remove potential risks of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests in its supply chain.

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New durable water repellent technology launched

07/20/2018

Speciality chemical producer Bolger & O'Hearn has upped the ante for durable water repellent technologies, developing a new solution to keep apparel dry and consumers comfortable.

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RFID and machine learning tackle in-store inventory

07/20/2018

A new tool that integrates RFID and machine learning technology is said to be able to help retailers gain a deeper understanding of in-store product flow with 99% locator accuracy.

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'Make it British' sourcing show moves to bigger venue

07/20/2018

'Make it British Live!' the sourcing show that showcases British fashion and textile manufacturers and producers, is moving to a new and expanded venue next year.

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Gerber Ideation finalists get creative with fashion tech

07/20/2018

Using technology to bring new products to market has been top of mind for finalists in this year's Ideation competition for fashion students organised by apparel software and systems supplier Gerber Technology.

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Top stories this week on just-style...

07/20/2018

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the US clothing industry is mulling tactics to tackle the Trump administration's tariffs, how Adidas is ramping up its sustainability drive with plans to phase out the use of virgin polyester over the next six years, and the top sourcing concerns for the US fashion industry.

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Trade policy remains top sourcing concern for US fashion firms

07/18/2018

The impact of a protectionist trade policy agenda in the United States is not surprisingly ranked the top challenge for the US fashion industry in 2018, a new survey has found - closely followed by increasing cost pressure, which is creeping up executives' agenda again.

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Bangladesh RMG workers reject latest wage proposal

07/19/2018

Bangladesh's garment owners and trade unions are far apart in the fraught ongoing minimum wage negotiations, proposing pay floors that are widely divergent.

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EU officials mulling Cambodia preferential trade access

07/19/2018

The European Union (EU) is assessing Cambodia's eligibility for key preferential trade access in response to what it describes as "recent worrying human rights and labour rights developments" in the country.

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Microfibre research proposes standardised test method

07/19/2018

Research carried out in Sweden with input from three brands including H&M, has recommended a standardised test method for measuring microfibres shed during the washing of garments.

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New platform to drive responsible leather sourcing

07/19/2018

A new platform has been launched to help brands and retailers to address impacts associated with leather sourcing.

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Canada apparel sourcing show expands for 2018

07/19/2018

The Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada trade show has expanded for 2018 and expects over 5,000 buyers to visit its three days of seminars, open panels and more than 500 exhibits.

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Vietnam clothing and textile exports climb in H1

07/19/2018

Vietnam saw its textile and garment exports grow more than 14% in the first half of 2018 thanks to strong growth in the majority of its markets.

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Ternua teams up with Archroma on nutshell dye

07/19/2018

Outdoor clothing brand Ternua is teaming up with colour and specialty textile chemicals provider Archroma to create a capsule collection of recycled T-shirts and sweatshirts sourced from agricultural waste from the Basque region in Spain.

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Asda pledges to tackle clothing microfibres

07/19/2018

Asda has becomes the first supermarket to join the Microfibre Consortium, which looks at reducing the impact of microplastics on the environment.

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