Opinions

Opinions consist of views about the global garment trade from us, or occasionally - from other people. These are freely available to everyone.

  • The Brexit and Trump kamikaze wings are trying to kill businesses

    Brexit and the Trump Revolution are often linked. What really unites them is the extraordinarily uncommercial attitude many of their politicians are taking to what real businesses want.

  • Post-Brexit customs chaos could choke UK apparel retailers

    On 29 March, Britain’s Prime Minister signed a letter triggering the two-year process for leaving the European Union (EU). Though the negotiations will cover almost every aspect of British life, one issue affects our industry more than any other. Customs

  • What’s the Chinese for hogwash?

    “China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5.

  • This isn’t a good time for developing new sourcing strategies

    The speed the sourcing environment’s changing, you’d think this is a good time for a new strategy. You’d be wrong.

  • Computer programs and flash PR won’t eliminate wage abuses by themselves

    Is the British government’s “name and shame” campaign High Street retailers concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes?

  • Turkish-Bulgarian border offers UK apparel industry serious warning of life after Brexit

    Lengthy queues at  Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.

  • Introducing…the Teebie-geebie world

    The world sadly lacks a simple word for the immense wave of complications caused by the Trump election, Brexit and all the likely knock-ons from them both. Here’s our suggestion.

  • High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism

    Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning.

  • Has China burst its own trading bubble?

    After years of misconceived forecasts it will soon collapse, China’s domination of global apparel exports faces a serious threat – from the Chinese government.

  • Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?

    I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections.

  • Great article Tara – but it’s not just millennials clothes shops annoy these days

    The problem with modern apparel shops is that, when it comes to annoying their customers, they’re such equal-opportunity pains in the rear.

  • The so-far obscure US tax proposal threatening all American apparel importers.

    It’s a safe bet that few readers have paid much attention to the idea of “destination-based” profit taxes. They need to start doing so: right now.

  • How uncertain are the uncertainties facing apparel sourcing?

    I think many of the alleged uncertainties observers forecast for 2017 are badly misconceived.

  • Can US apparel importers expect sudden price rises – or a trade war?

    How seriously should brands and retailers take reports that Trump will slap extra duties on Chinese imports – and China’s almost hysterical response to those reports?

  • Trade with China. Triumph of hope over experience?

    The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump’s election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive.