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U.S. Suspends Duty-Free Benefits for Apparel from Rwanda
The U.S. suspended duty-free benefits for apparel from Rwanda due to tariffs imposed by the East African country on used clothing and footwear imports it blames for harming the local textile industry. The proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump "suspends the application of duty-free treatment for all apparel products from Rwanda," the office of the U.S. trade representative said in a statement.
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United Nations Reports North Korea Exporting Textiles Via Thailand
North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and remains in violation of UN sanctions, according to a confidential UN report that says the country is also shipping textiles via Thailand and other third countries. Pyongyang has violated the textile ban by exporting more than $100 million in goods between October 2017 and March 2018 to China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and Uruguay, the report said.
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Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 gets top rank by WhichPLM
Lectra has got the top score in WhichPLM's recent benchmark study of the latest Lectra Fashion PLM 4.0 solution. WhichPLM is an independent digital magazine dedicated to design and product development for the fashion industry. Lectra is a provider of integrated technology solutions for fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials.
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A Whole New Meaning to "Made in the USA"
Many people look for the "Made in the USA" label when they shop, but some companies are going a step further, not only are their products made in America, they're also grown and sewn here. It's a new, local industrial revolution of sorts. Consumers can actually "trace" where their material came from and where it's made.
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Aramark Launches New Aramark FlexFit Performance Apparel Designed for the Modern Worker
Aramark a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, today announced the launch of the Aramark FlexFit premium performance uniform line that is the first of its kind in the uniform rental and supply industry.
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Pathfinder

Levi's Sets Apparel Industry Standard with New Climate Commitments
Environmental group Stand.earth celebrates the announcement by Levi, Strauss & Co to reduce 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by 2025, and applauds the denim giant for setting a new standard on climate commitments in the apparel industry.
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Delta Air Lines to Recycle 158 Ton of Old Uniforms in Textile Diversion Program
Delta Air Lines has announced that it will send more than 158 tons of its old uniforms to be upcycled or recycled in what it claims will be one of the largest textile diversion programs by a single US-based corporation.
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Happypunt Delivers Fast Fashion by Implementing Gerber's PLM and 3D Digital Solutions
Fast fashion can be slowed down by the physical sampling process. Additionally, the costs of samples are a continued concern in the fashion and apparel industry. "The implementation of Gerber's AccuMark® 3D and YuniquePLM® will help us to address consumer trends immediately, making sure to have the right style with the correct fit as demand changes," said Marta Bosch, chief operation officer at Happypunt.
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Henderson Sewing

Inspectorio Secures $10 Million in Series A Financing Round
Inspectorio, the quality control and supplier compliance verification platform, has announced a $10 million Series A funding round. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) company creates network dynamics and leverages machine learning to create autonomous systems for quality and compliance monitoring where factories, vendors, brands, and retailers can connect, share data, and drive continuous improvement.
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Apparel Brands Keep Up with Amazon Using Smart Factory Floor Software
The fashion industry has always prided itself on being cutting-edge. With technologies like the IoT (Internet of Things) and analytics, apparel brands are now able to pivot more easily and frequently as styles change. Apparel makers "scrub social media, bringing up styles based on what people are wearing," says Paul Magel, president of application solutions and technology outsourcing at Computer Generated Solutions, which sells software designed for the apparel manufacturing industry.
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For the Most Realistic Simulation of Apparel: Assyst and X-Rite Pantone Announce Cooperation
3D is the key technology for the digitalization in the apparel industry – the simulation of clothing offers a lot of opportunities. For best simulation results, Assyst and X-Rite Pantone announce their cooperation, which will combine Assyst's leading 3D simulation software for apparel with X-Rite Pantone's outstanding appearance capture solution.
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EXENTA Makes Real-time Production Monitoring a Reality for Remote Retailers, Brands, Execs
EXENTA, Inc., the innovator in next-generation information technology solutions for the apparel and other soft goods industries, has unveiled a groundbreaking new Shopfloor 3PM™ (Third-Party Manufacturing) cloud solution that enables retailers, brands, sourcing, and production executives to achieve real-time visibility into order status, work-in-process (WIP), and other important manufacturing activities from anywhere in the world.
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