Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Improve your global sourcing strategies with Clothesource
Improve your global sourcing strategies with Clothesource
Nov '08
With all the helter-skelter of inflation and currency shifts, there are a lot of misconceptions about the changing competitiveness of apparel exporting countries. The Clothesource Sourcing Kit gives apparel brands, retailers and vendors hard up-to-date data, imaginatively displayed, to review their sourcing programmes objectively, quickly and affordably.

Clothesource, the UK's leading consultant in apparel sourcing, has been overwhelmed by the number of brands and retailers wanting to review their apparel sourcing strategies.

Clothesource's CEO Mike Flanagan said “People want to be sure they're buying from the right place. But there are all sorts of misconceptions out there. China's never the cheapest place to buy clothes from. But in most product categories, China was actually cheaper for European customers in 2008 than it was in 2007. There are even apparel categories that got cheaper for US customers in 2008.

And, though many countries claim their apparel exports fell in 2008, several – like Vietnam and Bangladesh – saw rapid growth. But only in some categories. The Clothesource Souring Kit provides the essential information about apparel manufacturing capabilities around the world in the 35 major apparel categories and in over 100 countries.

For each of over 100 supplying countries, the Kit shows apparel manufacturing strengths, and price competitiveness in each of 35 major product categories and seven apparel business groups from 2004 to the first half of 2008. It also shows raw material production and processing capacity, and summarises the import duty and quota restrictions the US and EU impose on each country, as well as indicating precisely where more detailed information can be got on each of the different complex duty arrangements separately offered .

The Kit provides macroeconomic information on income and inflation and a summary of the logistic and ethical implications of work in the country. For 35 apparel product categories, the Kit shows where the world's major apparel importing countries – Japan, the US and EU – buy their garments from, how supplier countries' share has evolved, how supplier countries' price competitiveness varies between countries, and how countries' price competitiveness has changed from the abolition of textile quotas at the end of 2004 to the first half of 2008.

The Clothesource Sourcing Kit provides the essential information about every manufacturing country's capabilities, competitiveness and effectiveness since quotas were removed in 2005.. “And with Western markets softening”, added Flanagan, “more and more textile businesses in developing markets are looking for help in identifying their competitors' strength”

Clothesource Limited, based in Charlbury, Oxford, UK and Bucharest, Romania, provides the world's leading apparel retailers, brands and exporters with market intelligence on apparel trading.


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 24th Oct 2016

German technology to help in energy saving in textiles

German technology can play a major role making the environment...

Textiles | On 24th Oct 2016

ACIMIT shows sustainable technologies at ITMA Asia

ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers,...

Courtesy: Trupik

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Oct 2016

Virtual 3D fitting rooms revolutionising online shopping

Virtual fitting rooms meant to bridge the gap between e-commerce...

Interviews View All

Frank Gossmann
Rotorcraft AG

‘RT3 motto is: Do not check millimetres, check colours.’

Ghanshyam Ghoghari
Kimora Fashion

Bridalwear is not about reds and whites anymore

Siddharth Biyani
Mangalam Industries Pvt Ltd

‘The manufacturing sector is improving day-by-day, becoming better in...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search