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Amazon will sell $28 billion worth of clothing in 2018, almost equal to what countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam export annually, and its apparel sales could reach $85 billion by 2020, according to a survey of 1500 US shoppers by CPC Strategy, a retail-focused digital marketing agency. The survey revealed key insights about apparel brands. 

More than 450 companies from 24 countries will reach out to the entire cross section of decision makers and technical personnel in the RMG sector of Bangladesh at Garmentech 2018, beginning January 24. The four-day show will showcase the latest global technology in apparel manufacturing. Bangladesh RMG aims to achieve exports worth $50 billion by 2021.

The US Federal Trade Commission has eliminated an obsolete provision under the Textile Fibre Products Identification Act (Textile Rules) that requires house word trademark owners to furnish the agency with a copy of the mark’s US Patent and Trademark Office registration before using it on labels. In June 2017, it had sought comments on proposed amendments. 

The South India Garment Association (SIGA) has voiced its concern over the impact of the implementation of 2 slabs of GST on apparel. In a letter to Krishna Byre Gowda, a minister in the Karnataka cabinet and member of the GST Council, SIGA said that the implementation of two slabs of GST on apparel based on transaction value has been adversely affecting the industry. 

Columbus Consulting International, a leading retail consultancy, has announced that PacSun (Pacific Sunwear of California, LLC.), a leading specialty retailer from US, offering a cross-section of emerging brands and trending fashion, has worked with Columbus Consulting to identify the retailer’s technology needs in order to embrace unified commerce. 

As part of efforts to seek ways to improve market access for Ghana’s textile industry under the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) will establish an equipment hub as the tools needed for accurate measurement are expensive for manufacturers. GSA would also make dressmakers understand the importance of measurement. 

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