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2017 Retailer Report

Oct 2017

Each year, the KZN CTC conducts an analysis of the performance and strategic direction of South African fashion retailers and their international counterparts. This article is a summary of this analysis.

In the first section of the report, we present the current strategies of retailers’ culminating in analysis of how priorities differ for South African and international retailers. Our findings are that South African and International Retailers share some strategic focus areas, but there seems to be more sophistication in the strategies of international retailers – specifically as they relate to the interface between online and store shopping, point of sales data analysis, supply chain visibility and raw material technology.

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Clothing Manufacturing Industry Summit

May 2017

CCTC representatives attended and exhibited at the Clothing Manufacturing Industry Summit, organised by the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (NBC) and held in Durban on the 4th and 5th of April. The inaugural summit was a rare opportunity to get business, labour, government and other industry stakeholders together to discuss key issues affecting the development of the clothing manufacturing industry.

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Three rules for making a company truly great

November 2016

The highlight event in this last quarter was the KZN Best Practice Study Tour. Seventeen participants from a range of CCTC firms visited two clothing manufacturers and one dyeing and finishing plant over a two-day period. The feature article in this bulletin, “Three Rules of Making a Company Truly Great”, which originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review, outlines the business principles adopted by one of the firms visited, Celrose Clothing in Tongaat.

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Quick Response insights from a Turkish expert

June 2016

During the first quarter of 2016, B&M Analysts hosted the previous Head of Sourcing for UK retail brand George in Turkey, Arzu Ensari. During her stay, Arzu presented at a workshop for CCTC members, focusing on the responsibilities of different value chain actors when implementing QR, including retailers, design houses, textile mills and CMTs.

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KZN CTC QR export viability study

October-December 2015

Despite the current challenges faced by the South African based Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) industry, KZN CTC and CCTC members are slowly reclaiming domestic market space.

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Insight into Africa: clothing and textiles markets

July-September 2015

Despite the current challenges faced by the South African based Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) industry, KZN CTC and CCTC members are slowly reclaiming domestic market space.

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State of industry data

January-July 2015

This first edition of the KwaZulu-Natal Clothing and Textile Cluster newsletter for 2015 overviews performance of cluster members in the clothing, textiles and footwear industries within a South African context, as well as global trends and developments in trade.

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