US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.
Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?
A Honduras labour federation, the Federación Independiente de Trabajadores de Honduras – FITH – has resumed its lengthy fight against garment factory Petralex, this time over claims of suppressing union activity.
The Great Place to Work Institute named Hanesbrands the third best multinational company to work for in Central America and the Caribbean.
…as market share slips
“compensation category is 6% in 2012, 7.25% in 2013 and 8% in 2014″.”
Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.
Honduras, “according to the UN,”, says this Cuban state-run press agency, ” has the highest murder rate per capita” and “violent deaths have almost doubled in the last decade.”
Honduras and Mexico seem to have been where they went to
Pressure seems to be building up on Nike as a result of Russell Athletic’s decision to open a new Honduras factory.
The saga of Russell Athletic, Jerzees de Honduras and America’s student protestors sounds like a hangover from the 1960s.
In early October, the industry seemed on a cusp.