Photo: photos.com Clothing retailers have the upper
hand in today's textiles and clothing market.
It's a buyer's market in the textiles and clothing industry. In
today's post-quota world, let the seller beware! The industry has
gone through fast and wrenching changes, especially in the last
Under pressure from buyers, clothing suppliers are becoming
service providers. With buyers focused on their core business of
retailing, the most competitive suppliers offer services that go
far beyond sewing garments. Alliances with fabric and trim
producers give manufacturers an edge. They brings manufacturers in
at an early stage in providing an important service (sourcing) for
Another "must" is related to information and communications
technology. Big buyers now insist on technology applications that
handle everything from stock management to design to bidding for
orders. The articles below give you a flavour of trends and
concerns from the perspective of developing and transition
Sharp competition is a feature of most business sectors, even if
the clothing industry stands out right now. With the second World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) taking place in 2005,
businesses everywhere still ask the fundamental question, "How can
'e' help me compete?" This group of articles highlights new trends,
explains ITC's role at WSIS, and presents the full collection of
our magazine articles on the subject. A glance at the titles gives
the range of how businesses use "e" in trade.
With the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong around the corner,
we bring you a seasoned observer's views on topics that developing
countries are watching at WTO, as well as delegates' views of ITC
initiatives on the multilateral trading system, discussed at its
annual meeting earlier this year.
Finally, a word on trade in services. While we anticipated your
interest in this topic, we were surprised by the popularity of
services articles in Trade Forum online.
More on service exports will appear in our next issue,
drawing on the experiences of this year's Executive Forum on
National Export Strategies.
Thank you to all our readers for your continued confidence and