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Global Outcry Follows Argentina’s Trade Protectionist Measures

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of a five-day look into one of WRAP’s most exciting training courses, taught by our Vice President of Training and Education Stuart Webster to third-year honors students in the Fashion Management degree program at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute…

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As Brazil’s Economy Grows, Its Manufacturing Struggles

The Textiles & Apparel industry has witnessed an ever-increasing focus on social compliance, and it is seen as one of the most critical areas of focus to many brands and retailers. With the unswerving commitment to the sewing products industry, WRAP, along with the AAFA,…

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As Wages Rise in China, Industry Seeks Sourcing Alternatives

As China continues its rapid economic growth, the costs of apparel production continue to rise. The cost of living in China is increasing—and so are the wages paid to apparel workers, making it more expensive to source from the Asian giant. Additionally, the Chinese middle…

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Minimum Wage on the Increase in Asia

This article was written by Amanda Jean Wessell, the Communications Intern at WRAP. Several countries in Asia are increasing the minimum wage standard in an attempt to improve the quality of life of their citizens. The jump to a higher minimum wage is likely to…

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News Analysis: Workers’ Rights are Focus of Colombia and U.S. FTA

The free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Colombia took force on May 15, 2012. The FTA was only finalized following President Obama’s approval of Colombia’s labor protection efforts. The trade deal was approved by the U.S. in October 2011, but did not…

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Industry Sees Increased Concern for Chemicals in Textile Production

Recent stories from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and EcoTextile News demonstrate a growing concern for pollution and chemicals in the apparel supply chain. First, on April 9, 2012, the Institute for Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) published an investigative report…

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U.S. Imports Decline as Made in America Promoted, says WWD

With the speed and complexity of today’s global fashion industry, the business success of international fashion brands depends not only on maintaining good product quality, competitive prices, and efficient lead times, but also on devoting more attention to social compliance and environmental issues. Thus, sourcing…

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News Analysis: Obama’s Recent Trade Policies

The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) was officially launched on April 27-28 in Nairobi, Kenya. Stuart Webster, WRAP’s Director of Training, was invited as a speaker by the Federation’s Chairman Mr. Jaswinder Bedi to attend the launch event. Founded in 2005, the Federation is…

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Importers Survey Shows Production Leaving China for Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Patrick Lamson-Hall for the Sourcing Journal. It is republished here with permission from the publication. The exodus continues, as importers who sell to major US retailers report plans to move out of China. They blame heightened raw…

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Brookings Institution Hosts Seminar on U.S.- Latin America Economic Relationship

On December 6, 2011, Director of Compliance Administration Avedis Seferian participated in the second American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) International Product Safety & Restricted Substances Conference. Following the success of the first conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 30, Seferian headed to Bangalore,…

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