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China Environmental Policy and the Textile Industry in 2018

Posted by SgT Group on 12 July 2018

While many news stories on the environment in China focus on smog and air pollution, less attention has been paid to the problems of water supplies and damage to water tables.

In recent years, the problem has become so severe that according to the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, only 35% of the researched sites across China have water of good quality, 32% are suitable for water supply, another 20% can be used for industrial manufacturing and agriculture but not for human contact.

Topics: Quality and Sustainability, China, Environmental Policy

A Measured Path – The Higg Index and Sustainability

Posted by SgT Group on 11 July 2018

In the age of instant information via the internet, trends, news and information move at an accelerated rate. Moreover, as access to information grows, so has the awareness of the world around us and the impact of industry on human lives and the environment. Due to this increased digital transparency - the global trend for consumers to prefer more sustainably produced and environmentally-friendly products has become widely-noticed by both brands and manufacturers.

Topics: Quality and Sustainability

The Leather Supply Chain’s 5 Key Risks And How To Overcome Them

Posted by SgT Group on 4 July 2018

Leather’s supply chain has numerous issues with sustainability, but what else makes the supply chain particularly difficult for importers?

In this post, we’re going to look at the 5 key risks importers face in the leather supply chain, and finally offer some advice on how to overcome them, thereby improving your production and quality.  

Topics: Textile Quality, Ethical Sourcing, Textile Sourcing

How Sustainable Is Your Leather Material Supply Chain?

Posted by SgT Group on 19 June 2018

The leather material supply chain is complex creating multiple challenges for leather product importers as it is traditionally horizontal with many middleman and transformation steps where issues can occur. Everything from climate change to dangerous working conditions for staff can affect the supply chain, and cause importers problems.

Topics: Ethical Sourcing, Quality and Sustainability

Sourcing Apparel: Vertical VS Horizontal Integration (Pros & Cons)

Posted by SgT Group on 13 April 2018
With  almost 70% of direct garment cost in textile products coming from raw materials , finding the structure that delivers the lowest cost when sourcing textiles and apparel can be challenging. Many mills operate with horizontal integration, and others have taken a vertically integrated approach.  Each of the two approaches has pros and cons to importers...

Topics: Apparel Industry Challenges, Textile Sourcing

3 Risks Apparel Importers Face When Sourcing Sustainable Fabrics

Posted by SgT Group on 12 April 2018

 For those of us in the textile and apparel industry, sourcing sustainable fabrics poses some unique challenges. While it is certainly desirable for apparel brands to promote sustainability in the supply chain, how can it be assured, and what risks do we face?

Topics: Sustainable Fashion, Quality and Sustainability

4 Ways Top Apparel Brands Improve Quality by Investing in Employees

Posted by SgT Group on 29 December 2017

The retail industry is evolving like never before. Thanks to advancements in digital technology and innovations in delivery and data, retailers can predict and understand what their customers want, successfully meeting their demands.

Topics: Apparel Industry, Quality

7 Reasons Why Apparel Brands Fail to Succeed

Posted by SgT Group on 27 December 2017

It’s no secret that there are no quick-wins for starting a business. Unfortunately, the majority of small businesses fail within the first few years of its lifespan, specifically apparel brands. This can be attributed to fashion industry’s many challenges, and fragmented and competitive nature, making the success rate fairly low. According to Statistic Brain, the percentage rate of businesses that still operate after the first 4 years of operation in the retail industry is 47%.

Topics: Apparel Industry

Successful Apparel Brands: How H&M, Patagonia & Zara Do It (eBook)

Posted by SgT Group on 21 December 2017

The fashion industry is dynamic, complex and rife with competition. Running a successful fashion brand and maintaining success over the long run comes with many industry challenges and unfortunately, few apparel brands outlive their first 5 years of existence.

Topics: successful apparel brands, Quality and Sustainability

How 3D Virtual Sampling For Softlines Is Your Apparel Brand's Future

Posted by SgT Group on 30 November 2017

30 years ago if you were to suggest that paper sketches of new garment designs would be going 'extinct' by the early 21st Century, or that product samples would exist solely online, fashion brands would say you were crazy. But that future is here now as computer generated 3D modelling hits the fashion world.

If this is apparel brands' future, let's look at how 3D virtual sampling for softlines can positively affect your business.

Topics: Softlines, Virtual Sampling