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1. Livestream sales of luxury items are popular in China, but not Singapore: “[China’s] geographical vastness makes livestream shopping more appealing compared to a trudge to a physical store. On the other hand, Singapore, with its small size and great transport infrastructure, means one can access the products in person in mere minutes, hence providing neither a push nor motivation for livestream shopping.” – Read More on the CNA

2. North Face Owner Pulled Xinjiang Criticism, Then Reinstated It: After VF took down its statement, executives quickly reconsidered, according to people familiar with the matter. In less than a day, the company decided to reverse course and publicly reaffirm its concerns over Xinjiang in a new but shorter statement. – Read More on the WSJ

3. How do retailers know what will sell out? They check TikTok: Gap’s “high-rise cheeky straight” jeans and “sky-high straight” jeans saw sales surge this year as TikTok helped spur a frenzy for loose-fit “mom jeans.” Gap saw a 200 percent increase in the number of cheeky straight jeans sold online within just a day. – Read More on NBC

4. Shipping rates expected to stay high in potential profit drag for retail: UBS says a key takeaway from meetings with shipping industry experts is that supply chain pressures will remain in place for the near term as it pertains to the retail sector. – Read More on Seeking Alpha

5. Risk of forced labor in clothing industry rises due to pandemic and industry response: The commercial actions of companies during the pandemic has brought to light how many business models within the garment industry are fundamentally at odds with these commitments, and that current government regulation does not go far enough to protect the workers. – Read More on University of Sheffield

6. Business-savvy Bangladesh fabric factories take on a greener hue: Zaber and Zubair Fabrics Ltd, a supplier of home textiles to major European retailers H&M and Lidl, is one of a growing band of Bangladeshi garment factories on a mission to clean up their act – and improve their bottom lines by going greener. – Read More on Reuters