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Transformation of the North American Apparel Industry

Is NAFTA a Curse or a Blessing?

  • Author: UN, ECLAC
  • Publication date: December 2000
  • Page count: 58
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 00.II.G.103

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The apparel industry, a buyer-driven commodity chain, contains three types of lead firms: retailers, marketers and branded manufacturers. This publication uses the global commodity chains framework to explain the transformations in production, trade and corporate strategies that altered the global apparel industry. Discussions surround such issues as: Latin America's development dilemmas; the international trade shifts and industrial upgrading in Asia; new patterns of competition in the apparel commodity chain in North America; and corporate restructuring among U.S. apparel and textile firms.