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The quest to make omni-channel work is a priority for most brand and retailers heading into 2019. One thing everyone agrees on:  establishing seamless integration between online and offline is essential.  Where opinions differ:  1) how to achieve this and 2) whether online or physical retail should be the priority. With a growing number of e-commerce service providers offering different options – and an increasingly complex market – just mapping out a st...

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Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) has collaborated with Denimite to produce a fashion garment hangtag made from recycled denim.AFGI converts post-consumer recycled denim into fibers by processing discarded jeans, destined for landfills, using its state-of-the-art shredding facility. Denimite then turns this material into eye catching, edgy hangtags.The hangtag is made using an innovative 7-step process to turn old denim into new bio-based resin composites.The two companies designed...

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Politics has become even more unpredictable and so no one is entirely certain about the outcome the G20 Summit - especially concening US-China trade relations.However there were sparks of a possible easing - a truce (at least temporarily) - of the highly publicized, and until recently, escalating, tensions between the two nations.A 90-Day TruceThe US will hold off on raising tariffs (from 10% to 25%) on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.China agreed to buying a 'very substantial' (bu...

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Polartec (USA) has introduced the upgraded Polartec  Power Fill  insulation, now made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials.This best-in-class fill insulation led the industry when it was introduced with 80% recycled content just one year ago, and now has reached this sought after milestone more quickly than previously thought possible.Polartec has now upcycled over one billion post-consumer plastic bottles into hundreds of fabric styles and category-creating platforms. Pola...

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American & Efird (A&E) has introduced REPEL, an advanced, perfluorocarbon (PFC)-free, water repellency enhancement. Repel is an additional feature customers can order and have applied to A&E’s global sewing thread brands.Repel is ideal for backpacks, footwear, athletic wear, uniforms and workwear.Repel will carry A&E’s PFCZERO  designation as it contains no perfluorocarbons. Perfluorocarbons are considered greenhouse gases which have been linked to global warming...

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Coloreel has launched its revolutionary thread colouring technology that enables high-quality instant colouring of a textile thread while the thread is being used in textile production. The first product to be launched based on the technology is a ground-breaking thread colouring unit that works with any existing industrial embroidery machine.By instantly colouring a white base thread during embroidery production, Coloreel enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limita...

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While India has built a reputation for being a technology center, one rarely thinks of it as a center for apparel or textile technology. Although many of the nation’s apparel producers are still driven by low cost manual labor, the industry leaders are looking to technology to boost efficiency and quality. One of the leaders in tech-driven manufacturing is Kitex Garment Limited, which produces more than 6 million garments annually.  The Kerala-based company specializes in ch...

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For years industry watchers have been talking about the demise of bricks n’ mortar retail as e-commerce sales soared.  With the coming of age of Millennials and the e-commerce domination of Amazon, the 'experts' predicted the soon-to-be end of physical retail. They were wrong.  Stores, its seems, are not going away.  In fact, many are doing record business.In recent months, many retailers (Walmart, Target, Macy's, and others) have been reporting better-than-...

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Mushrooms are becoming a new off-menu ingredient. The fungus is now the basis for sustainable leather.

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Alibaba seems to be unstoppable.  This year the Chinese e-commerce giant raked in $30 billion in sales during its Singles’ Day event (November 11), topping last years stagggering $25.3 billion in sales. Year-on-year sales growth slowed to a still-impressive 27% increase (from a staggering 39% growth in 2017).The conclusion most industry watchers draw is that ‘e-commerce is the key driver in retail now’ and that Chinese consumers prefer to shop online, not in physical ...

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