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Industry Focus: Finance—How would you advise your apparel-industry clients to prepare for a potential recession?

Finance

Around the globe, trusted economic forecasters are predicting a slowdown over the next year, yet there is disparity regarding whether they feel a recession will occur. As previous spans of negative economic growth have shown, the most effective method of navigating through recessionary periods is to prepare in advance, expecting the worst while hoping for the best.

How are brands investing in crucial digital tools and traditional methods to reach customers?

Finance

During the struggle to secure a dwindling sense of brand loyalty among Millennial and Generation Z consumers, brands must devise a comprehensive strategy to tell their stories.

How Apparel Companies Can Deal With a Slowing Economy

Finance

The formula for doing business is slowly changing this year. While interest rates were rising at a steady pace last year, it’s a different story this year. The Federal Reserve hasn’t raised benchmark interest rates in 2019 and may even lower them, which is good news for apparel manufacturers and retailers.

How to Tackle the China Trade-War Challenges

Finance

In the past year, it has become increasingly more challenging to be an apparel manufacturer, importer or retailer in the United States as uncertainty surrounds trade with China.

How Tariffs on Chinese Products Are Affecting the Manufacturing and Retail Community

Import/Export

Now that the Trump administration’s $200 billion of additional tariffs have gone into effect on thousands of Chinese imports, the apparel and retail industries are figuring out what to do next. Covered in this round of tariffs are buttons, bobbins, yarns, embroidery, textiles, handbags and leather. Apparel is not part of the equation yet.

How Healthy Is the Retail Industry and What Lies Ahead?

Finance

We asked finance experts and factors to give us their take on the retail industry and how it is shaping up this year.

The Tariff Scare Keeps Apparel and Textile Companies Hopping

Import/Export

President Trump launched a trade war in March by imposing a 10 percent tariff on aluminum and a 25 percent tariff on steel coming from countries around the world.

What’s in Store for the Factoring Business With Fewer Stores on the Retail Landscape?

Finance

The retail boneyard is piled high with store doors that closed last year, and many more may be on the way.

How the Factoring Industry Has Adapted to a Changing Retail World

Finance

As the retail industry has changed into a split personality of online and offline shopping, so too has the factoring industry that finances manufacturers’ production and sales to clients.

The Effect of Rising Interest Rates on the Apparel Business

Finance

For nearly a decade, interest rates have remained near zero, meaning it was very inexpensive for businesses to borrow money. But those sunny days may be over. Twice this year, the Federal Reserve has raised the prime rate, and it is expected to do so again later this year.

How Are Finance People Handling the Weak Retail Market and Have They Adjusted Their Financing Rules for Clothing Manufacturers?

Finance

As retailers start shrinking their footprints around the country, apparel manufacturers are wondering how to cope with this constricting retail landscape.

What Stumbling Blocks Are in Store This Year for Apparel Makers and Retailers?

Finance

The California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges and bumps in the road apparel manufacturers and retailers are facing this year now that the uncertainty of the presidential election is over, but another set of uncertainties have cropped up under a new administration.

What Does an Economic Shift Mean for the Factoring Industry?

Finance

The global economy started out this year with a whimper, not a bang.

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