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Calvin Klein & Louis Vuitton top 2 trustworthy brands for US customers





Calvin Klein, an iconic American brand that has existed since 1968, has been rated the fashion brand that American consumers trust the most to share their personal data, as per a recent study. French luxury market leader Louis Vuitton was ranked a very strong second, while Banana Republic, founded in 1978, was ranked third in a field of 24 well-known fashion brands.The innovative, new Data Trust Index (DTI), by Luxury Institute and DataLucent, measures the level of trust that digital consumers have in licensing their digital platform data (Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc) and other personal data, to mass, premium and luxury brands in exchange for rewards and benefits.Overall, six luxury brands were ranked in the top ten, indicating an opportunity for luxury and premium fashion brands to lead in going direct to their customers to build mutually loyal first-party data relationships with the most descriptive and predictive data, Luxury Institute and DataLucent said in a media release.Calvin Klein, an iconic American brand that has existed since 1968, has been rated the fashion brand that American consumers trust the most to share their personal data, as per a recent study. French luxury market leader Louis Vuitton was ranked a very strong second, while Banana Republic, founded in 1978, was ranked third in a field of 24 fashion brands.The DTI US survey, the first of its kind, is based on a nationally representative sample of 1,008 consumers ages 18-49, with a minimum income of $75k (total sample average income of $200k), with 54 per cent male and 48 per cent female participation. Responders reported that YouTube (82 per cent), Google (79 per cent), Facebook (78 per cent), Amazon (76 per cent) and Instagram (75 per cent) were the digital platforms used on a regular basis.On the most critical core question of the survey: 83 per cent of all responders, including 89 per cent male and 78 per cent female, are willing to license their digital platform data, under their control, to brands they trust to use to serve their needs, and the needs of other consumers, in a personalised way.The survey asked consumers to rate 24 fashion brands across mass, premium and luxury segments. Consumers indicated which of the brands presented on a randomised list they would trust most to license their data for rewards and benefits of value to them. The brands on the list were Anne Taylor, Balenciaga, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Coach, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Gap, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Saint Laurent, Tory Burch and Versace.
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German association VDMA welcomes EU’s ambitions for circular economy





VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) Textile Machinery Association has published a position paper welcoming the EU ambitions to promote climate protection, in particular the approach of combining the goals for the EU textile and clothing industry into a sector-specific strategy. Mechanical engineering prepares the technical prerequisites for efficient further use and reuse of textile raw materials, be it natural or man-made fibres, according to the report.  VDMA has published a position paper welcoming the ambitions of EU to promote climate protection, in particular the approach of combining the goals for the EU textile and clothing industry into a sector-specific strategy. Mechanical engineering prepares the technical prerequisites for efficient reuse of textile raw materials, be it natural or man-made fibres. Up to now, the increasing textile consumption around the world, due to growing population and purchasing power has been accompanied by a rising use of resources.   VDMA has published a position paper welcoming the ambitions of EU to promote climate protection, in particular the approach of combining the goals for the EU textile and clothing industry into a sector-specific strategy. Mechanical engineering prepares the technical prerequisites for efficient reuse of textile raw materials, be it natural or man-made fibres. “The textile machinery companies organised in the VDMA are geared towards a functioning circular economy. With our highly efficient technologies we are an indispensable partner in this transition process,” Regina Brückner, chairwoman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association and managing associate of Brückner Trockentechnik, said in a press release.  VDMA has published a position paper welcoming the ambitions of EU to promote climate protection, in particular the approach of combining the goals for the EU textile and clothing industry into a sector-specific strategy. Mechanical engineering prepares the technical prerequisites for efficient reuse of textile raw materials, be it natural or man-made fibres.  VDMA has published a position paper welcoming the ambitions of EU to promote climate protection, in particular the approach of combining the goals for the EU textile and clothing industry into a sector-specific strategy. Mechanical engineering prepares the technical prerequisites for efficient reuse of textile raw materials, be it natural or man-made fibres. “The EU must strike the right balance between necessary, yet also minimal, legislative regulation. A successful transition requires a level playing field which sets out fair rules for sustainability, thereby enabling European companies to nonetheless increase their international competitiveness,” Brückner concluded.
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Swiss firm Rieter achieves strong order intake with market rebound





Characterised by rapid market recovery combined with regional shift in demand, Swiss supplier of systems for short-staple fibre spinning, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21, over the same period of 2020. Furthermore, the company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million during the year with demand for new systems expected to gradually return to normal in the coming months.   Characterised by a rapid market recovery combined with a regional shift in demand, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21 ended September 30, 2021, over the same period of 2020. The company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million in FY21. “Rieter believes that a major reason for this regional shift in demand is the development of costs in China. This is leading to increased investments outside the Chinese market. The orders came primarily from Turkey, Latin America, India, Pakistan and China,” according to the textile machinery firm.  Characterised by a rapid market recovery combined with a regional shift in demand, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21 ended September 30, 2021, over the same period of 2020. The company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million in FY21. The machines and systems business achieved a 447 per cent jump in its order intake of CHF 1,281.6 million during the first nine months of 2021, ended on September 30, 2021, attributed to the regional shift in demand. While components business recorded a jump of 95 per cent to CHF 227.0 million, and after sales were up 123 per cent to CHF 165.3 million.  Characterised by a rapid market recovery combined with a regional shift in demand, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21 ended September 30, 2021, over the same period of 2020. The company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million in FY21. “The realisation of sales from the order backlog continues to be associated with risks, in light of bottlenecks in material deliveries and freight capacities as well as the ongoing pandemic in countries that are important for Rieter,” the company said.
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DiloGroup to bring tailor-made production systems to Techtextil India





DiloGroup, a leading supplier for needling lines, will participate at Techtextil India show 2021 from November 25, to display its tailor-made production system and talk about its portfolio and the latest equipment developments from fibre opening to the finished felt. The efficiency of Dilo production lines is the result of long-term research work and experience.With more than 370 installations delivered to the nonwovens industry worldwide, DiloGroup has the necessary know-how and the complete equipment portfolio to engineer the perfect production line for any product specification. Apart from machines for needling technology, DiloGroup offers in cooperation with partner companies production lines including thermobonding and hydroentangling components.At the event, DiloGroup will show how a new, simplified elliptical needle beam drive makes Hyperpunch technology also attractive for standard application. Hyperpunch HαV allows a more uniform stitch distribution in the preneedling process especially in combination with the new needle pattern 6000X. In a complete needling line this felt homogenisation process can be improved further by using the new needle pattern 8000X which is a milestone in the needle pattern development process and results in end product surfaces with low markings over a wide range of advances/stroke.DiloGroup, a leading supplier for needling lines, will participate at Techtextil India show 2021 from November 25, to display its production system and talk about its portfolio and the latest equipment developments from fibre opening to the finished felt. The efficiency of Dilo production lines is the result of long-term research work and experience.“The ‘3D-Lofter’ which was first presented during ITMA 2019 in Barcelona will offer a wider range of nonwovens applications by exploring the third dimension. A series of single web forming units which work according to the aerodynamic web forming principle deliver defined fibre masses in varied patterns on a base needlefelt. A stress oriented production of technical formed parts resulting in fibre savings or patterned DI-LOUR or DI-LOOP felts are two examples for this technology which explores new application areas for needlefelts,” said DiloGroup in a press release.The 3D-Lofter technology may also be used inverted for filling up bad spots in web mats and thus achieves a better homogeneity of eg. spunlace, thermobond or airlay products. The DiloLine 4.0 concept offer I4.0 modules which not only support the user but also facilitate quality control and maintenance by a maximum data transparency in production and control of operation. The Dilo solutions ‘Smart Start’ for a fully automatic start of the production line or ‘DI-LOWATT’ for energy savings are accompanied by Siemens solutions which can be selected via App or Data Cloud MindSphere.
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People in US holiday shopping to avoid supply chain grinch: Study





An Oracle Retail study shows shoppers are worried about supply chain and delivery delays wreaking havoc on holidays, and in response, 52 per cent of them in the US have started holiday shopping or plan to shop earlier than usual. A fifth plan to order more gifts in case some are delayed or cancelled, with that number jumping to 44 per cent for millennials.Others are taking an easier path, with 34 per cent of people (especially baby boomers at 58 per cent) noting they will buy more gift cards this year.”As we see in the news, the supply chain challenges are a global reality. Regardless, consumers will still measure retailers on their ability to deliver on their wish lists this holiday season,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail, in a press release.An Oracle Retail study shows shoppers are worried about supply chain and delivery delays wreaking havoc on holidays, and in response, 52 per cent of them in the US have started holiday shopping or plan to shop earlier than usual. A fifth plan to order more gifts in case some are delayed or cancelled, with that number jumping to 44 per cent for millennials.”Accountability will be the name of the game. Retailers must have clear visibility into their inventory, a realistic timeline for the fulfillment, and a plan to communicate clearly throughout the order and delivery processes. Through transparency and execution, retailers can earn trust with their customers and build the potential for future loyalty,” he added.The survey polled 5,728 global consumers, including 512 in the United States, in September. The Untold Insights survey asked consumers about their pandemic shopping habits and plans for holiday shopping. Unwrap your complimentary copy of the report.Gift givers are worried they will be left holding an empty box as products may not be available or will take too long to arrive. Twenty eight per cent of respondents are anxious that the products they want will be more expensive due to the scarcity, while 27 per cent are worried desired products won’t be available.Seventeen per cent are fretting that friends and family will be disappointed as they don’t get the gift they want, while 16 per cent are concerned that favourite holiday treats won’t be available.Many are worried shipping times won’t meet their expectations and will be late, if they arrive at all. To ease their concerns, 65 per cent of respondents say granular tracking of delivery status is very important.Thirty six per cent of respondents say fast delivery determines whom they order from. Thirty per cent say they will be outraged if shipments are delayed. A quarter are concerned gifts won’t arrive at all. Eighteen per cent are willing to pay more to ensure faster or guaranteed delivery.
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India, EU discuss steps to resume talks for trade pact





India and the European Union (EU) yesterday discussed steps to operationalise the mutual decision to resume negotiations for a trade agreement and launch talks for a stand-alone investment protection pact. At a meeting of the third India-EU Strategic Partnership Review in Brussels, the two sides also discussed launching negotiations on a separate agreement on geographical indications.India and the EU also exchanged views concerning best ways to join forces in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on economies, societies as well as individuals, the Indian ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a statement.Following the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting of May 8, 2021, which set a clear path for further deepening ties between India and the EU, the meeting allowed for a comprehensive review of the strategic India-EU partnership, guided by the ‘India-EU Strategic Partnership: A Roadmap to 2025′, the MEA said.India and the EU yesterday discussed steps to operationalise the mutual decision to resume talks for a trade agreement and start discussion for a stand-alone investment protection pact. At a meeting of the third India-EU Strategic Partnership Review in Brussels, both sides discussed launching negotiations on a separate agreement on geographical indications.The discussions focused notably on cooperation in addressing the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, and contributing to the success of the upcoming Climate COP26, it said.India and the EU also discussed next steps to operationalise the decision of Indian and EU Leaders to resume negotiations for a “balanced, ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement”, the MEA said.They discussed launching negotiations on a stand-alone investment protection agreement and on a separate agreement on geographical indications, it said.The two sides also discussed the next steps on the implementation of the India-EU Connectivity Partnership which was agreed at the May 2021 Leaders’ Meeting.India and the EU further discussed ways to further cooperate in the areas of research, technology and digital transformation, as well as continued implementation of the Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, the statement said.Recalling the successful 9th India-EU Human Rights Dialogue in April 2021, India and the EU looked forward to the next edition of the Dialogue in 2022, the MEA said.
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AAFA calls on US govt for supply chain resolutions





Citing skyrocketing container rates, unreasonable practices, and the inability to move containers from ports, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has called on the Biden administration to bring all stakeholders together to develop and implement solutions and to aggressively enforce existing rules and regulations regarding unreasonable practices and excessive and unjust fees.The association has submitted comments to the department of transportation in response to a Federal Register notice on the supply chain crisis currently disrupting the country’s economic recovery, it said in a media release.“The administration’s move to secure longer hours at the ports of LA and Long Beach is largely symbolic. It fails to address the continuing problems moving containers out of the ports, or what is going on at other ports around the country,” said Steve Lamar, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “Much more needs to be done to end this backup, and more must be done to address price gouging and unreasonable practices by carriers. Further, we continue to call for the Federal Maritime Commission to properly use the authorities it already has to help mitigate this crisis.”Citing skyrocketing container rates, unreasonable practices, and the inability to move containers from ports, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has called on the Biden administration to bring all stakeholders together to develop and implement solutions and to aggressively enforce existing rules and regulations regarding unreasonable practices anAAFA has been vocal about the shipping crisis for the past several months, sending several letters to President Biden on the issue, including one on September 20. More recently, AAFA sent a letter to the US Trade Representative asking for tariff relief to help businesses struggling through this crisis.AAFA also supports the bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 – a bill that would address many of the long-term issues causing today’s unprecedented supply chain disruption – as well as the infrastructure package on the table to help avoid such a logistics crisis in the future.
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India’s Reliance Retail acquires 52% stake in Ritu Kumar’s company





The retail arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL) led by Isha Ambani, has announced the acquisition of 52 per cent stake in Ritika Private Limited, Indian fashion designer Ritu Kumar’s company. Reliance also recently acquired a 40 per cent stake in fashion designer Manish Malhotra’s MM Styles Private Limited.Everstone, a Singapore-based private equity firm, held 35 per cent stake in Ritika Pvt Ltd, which was acquired by RRVL back in 2014 for $16.6 million. The company has now bought another 17 per cent in the label to bring its total share to 52 per cent.Ritu Kumar, one of India’s oldest design houses with more than 800 employees, comprises three brands: the classic ‘Ritu Kumar’, edgy, global and fashion forward ‘Label by Ritu Kumar’ and bridal couture line ‘Ri’. It currently has over 50 stores in India.The retail arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL) led by Isha Ambani, has announced the acquisition of 52 per cent stake in Ritika Private Limited, Indian fashion designer Ritu Kumar’s company. Reliance also recently acquired a 40 per cent stake in fashion designer Manish Malhotra’s MM Styles Private Limited.
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DHL Express & Philippines’ DTI Negosyo Centres partner to help MSMEs





DHL Express recently deepened its partnership with the Philippines department of trade and industry (DTI) through its Phygital programme. The partnership aims to provide different market expansion opportunities to all clients of DTI’s Negosyo Centres. The programme combines the strongest aspects of both online and offline settings to enable a far more comprehensive and satisfying customer experience.To support market growth and increased international trade activities, DHL Express offers all customers of DTI Negosyo Centres a special 10 per cent discount on published tariff rates through promo codes valid until August 30, 2022.The promo codes are displayed in all 129 DTI Negosyo Centres nationwide and can be used on shipment bookings via the MyDHL+ website. The option to connect with DHL Express retail sales desks via chat is also available to assist customers regarding bookings or when using the codes, the company said in a press release.DHL Express has deepened its partnership with the Philippines department of trade and industry through its Phygital programme.The programme aims to provide different market expansion opportunities to all clients of DTI’s Negosyo Centres and combines the strongest aspects of both online and offline settings to enable a far more satisfying customer experience.“Our strong partnership with DTI supports our aim to help MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises] harness opportunities presented by the growth of cross-border e-commerce. Through our presence in over 220 countries and territories and combined with our logistic expertise, MSMEs can truly leverage our global network to grow their businesses,” said Eric Queppet, head of commercial for DHL Express Philippines.The new system requires no contact, service staff and is an excellent fit for the ‘new norm’ of living. When a customer scans the QR code, booking information will be sent to DHL’s Digital Assistant for support.According to DTI 2020 MSME statistics, MSMEs account for a quarter of overall export revenue in the country. It is also estimated that 60 per cent of all exporters in the country are MSMEs.
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China’s Q3 GDP growth slows to 4.9% from 7.9% in Q2





China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the third quarter this year slowed to 4.9 per cent year on year (YoY), slightly below expectations, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The figure was 7.9 per cent in the second quarter. That was the slowest pace since last year’s third quarter, when GDP also expanded by 4.9 per cent.It also marked a further deceleration from the 18.3 per cent jump in the first quarter.”We must note that the current international environment uncertainties are mounting and the domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven,” said NBS spokesperson Fu Linghui at a briefing.China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the third quarter this year slowed to 4.9 per cent year on year (YoY), slightly below expectations, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The figure was 7.9 per cent in the second quarter. That was the slowest pace since last year’s third quarter, when GDP also expanded by 4.9 per cent.”Although the economic growth slowed due to various factors such as the COVID-19 resurgence, floods and high base, the country’s economic growth still shows resilience and vitality. In general, we are capable and qualified to achieve full-year development goals,” said Fu.In the first three quarters, the country’s GDP grew by 9.8 per cent compared with a year earlier, with an average two-year growth of 5.2 per cent, according to NBS.Retail sales growth rebounded to a stronger-than-expected 4.4 per cent YoY in September from 2.5 per cent in August. Total retail sales for the first three quarters grew by 16.4 per cent YoY, with an average two-year growth of 3.9 per cent.Industrial production growth slumped to 3.1 per cent YoY in September from 5.3 per cent in August, marking the slowest growth since March 2020 in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, official Chinese media reported.In the first nine months, the total value added of industrial enterprises above the designated size grew by 11.8 per cent YoY, or an average two-year growth of 6.4 per cent. 
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Spotlight on Indigenous women’s rights as World March of Women’s 5th action wraps up



Several marches took place across Quebec Sunday afternoon to close off the fifth edition of the international World March of Women, which placed Indigenous women’s rights front and centre this year.  Organizers with the Quebec Coalition of the World March of Women (CQMMF) are asking the province to institute systemic change and concrete measures to better protect the daily lives of Indigenous women.  Other major demands include the end of racial profiling, stronger economic integration of immigrants and to increase funding toward eliminating violence against women. “We want the police forces to stop their practice of racial profiling and police stops. We want redress for forced sterilizations,” said Marie-Andrée Gauthier, a spokesperson for the CQMMF.  Other major demands include the end of racial profiling, stronger economic integration of immigrants and to increase funding toward eliminating violence against women. (Maud Cucchi/Radio-Canada) The COVID-19 pandemic’s pressure on Indigenous communities and Joyce Echaquan’s death at the Joliette hospital led the CQMMF to further highlight the demands, explained Gauthier.  Notably, the CQMMF wants the government to help eliminate all forms of violence against women by launching a national awareness campaign in partnership with independent community action organizations. It’s also calling for increased funding for organizations that provide services to women. Gauthier said the government needs to propose systemic change and to not just put a “bandage” on the issues. She said there’s a lack of resources to support immigrants women and is calling for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour to fight poverty. The protest in downtown Montreal began at Cabot Square at 1 p.m. and finished on Sherbrooke Street West around 4 p.m. (Maud Cucchi/Radio-Canada) “During the pandemic, we saw that more women were working in so-called essential services and in unacceptable working conditions and wages,” said Gauthier. The international slogan of the World March for Women “resist to live — march to transform” is especially meaningful in Quebec, Gauthier added. Since the beginning of 2021, 16 women have been killed in acts of domestic violence in the province.  “When the government offers solutions, they should get at the root causes of the problem and not just plaster over the various problems that women experience. We want systemic changes,” she said. These demands, which are the result of consultations, were brought to the attention of the Quebec Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, in March 2020. The CQMMF says it has not had any follow-up or concrete commitment in response, Gauthier said. The group, which consists of more than 40 organizations, intends to return to Charest and meet with various political parties. The World March of Women happens every five years, from March 8 until Oct. 17, but was postponed last year — on its 20th anniversary — due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The march began in Quebec in 2000, and has since spread internationally. It’s now celebrated on all five continents.



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China’s economic growth reflects strong resilience, vitality: Li





Premier Li Keqiang recently said China is capable as well as confident of achieving the goals set for this year with the nation’s economic growth showing strong resilience and vitality.In a keynote speech delivered at the opening of the 130th session of the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou, Li said the economy is on track for a sustained and stable recovery, and major indicators are now within an appropriate range.The nation added over 9 million urban jobs in the first eight months of this year, and the number of newly registered market players reached 70,000 on a daily basis, he was quoted as saying by a state-run newspaper.Premier Li Keqiang has said China is capable and confident of achieving the goals set for 2021 with the nation’s economic growth showing strong resilience and vitality. In a speech at the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou, Li said the economy is on track for a sustained and stable recovery, and major indicators are now within an appropriate range.China’s economy maintained the trend of recovery in August despite pandemic-induced disruptions and natural disasters. Its industrial output showed stable growth in August, with the value-added industrial output, a key indicator reflecting industrial activities and economic prosperity, expanding by 5.3 per cent year on year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.The figure was up by 11.2 per cent from the level in August 2019. In the first eight months, industrial output increased by 13.1 per cent year on year, resulting in an average two-year growth of 6.6 per cent, NBS data shows.The high-tech manufacturing output in August jumped by 18.3 per cent year on year, accelerating by 2.7 percentage points compared with the figure registered in July.China’s retail sales of consumer goods went up 2.5 per cent year on year in August, down by 6 percentage points from the previous month.
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