Publication

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Latest Publications (updated August 2020)

Langro, V., & Lu, S. (2020). US-UK Free Trade Agreement: What Does it Mean for the Apparel Industry? Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2020). 2020 Fashion Industry Benchmarking StudyUnited States Fashion Industry Association: Washington DC.

Lu, S. (2020). Five ways world textile and apparel trade is changing. Just-Style.

Keough, K., & Lu, S. (2020). US-Kenya trade deal – Here’s what the apparel industry wantsJust-Style.

DuBreuil, M. & Lu, S. (2020). Canada’s clothing market – Top selling and sourcing trendsJust-Style.

Keough, K., & Lu, S. (2020). ‘Made in the USA’ textiles and apparel – Key production and export trends. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2020). Covid-19 – The worst-case scenarios for apparel sourcing. Just-Style. 

Lu, S. (2020). US apparel sourcing patterns are changing. Here’s howJust-Style.

Langro, V., & Lu, S. (2019). What’s in store for UK apparel sourcing as Brexit beckons. Just-Style.

Houtt, J., Lu, S. (2019). Japan’s apparel market – Key selling and sourcing trends. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). Challenges for sub-Saharan Africa as an apparel sourcing hubJust-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). 2019 Fashion Industry Benchmarking StudyUnited States Fashion Industry Association: Washington DC.

Lu, S. (2019). Latest trends in world textile and apparel tradeJust-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-listJust-Style.

Leon-Kelly, C., & Lu, S. (2019). Explore the merchandising strategy for sustainable cotton apparel in the U.S. retail market. Apparel Magazine

Lu, S. (2019). How are trade tensions accelerating China sourcing trends?. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). How the tariff war is shifting ‘Made in China’ sourcing strategy for U.S. apparel retailers. Apparel Magazine.

Kaucic, N. , & Lu, S. (2019). A deep dive into the global market for sustainable apparel. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). China tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). Why USMCA is a balanced trade deal for textiles and apparel. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). ‘Made in the USA’ apparel – Who’s selling what and for how much?. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2019). Why tariff barriers remain a key challenge for apparel sourcing. Just-Style.

Luetje, J., & Lu, S. (2018).How do apparel sourcing shifts impact the bottom line? . Just-Style.

Brady, S., & Lu, S. (2018).Why the used clothing trade deserves more attention. Just-Style

Lu, S. (2018). How regional supply chains are shaping world textile and apparel trade. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2018). New NAFTA 2.0–The devil is in the detail. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2018). Top trends in Canada’s apparel sourcing tradeJust-Style.

Lu, S. (2018). Changing trends in world textile and apparel trade. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2018). Key apparel supply chain takeaways from Sourcing at MAGICJust-Style.

Lu, S. (2018). 2018 Fashion Industry Benchmarking StudyUnited States Fashion Industry Association: Washington DC. [This study is featured by several leading textile and apparel trade publications and international news outlets, including Bloomberg, New York Times Magazine, Sourcing Journal Online, Just-Style, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Fiber2Fashion, Fashion United, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), New Age (Bangladesh), India Textiles Journal (India), Xinhua News Agency (China), and Cankaoxiaoxi (China)]

Brady, S., & Lu, S. (2018). Why is the used clothing trade such a hot-button issueJust-Style

Lu, S. (2018). Is Vietnam’s apparel export potential too optimistic? Just-Style.

Lu,S. (2018). EU textile and apparel trade–Four things to know. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2018). Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade. Just-Style. 

Lu, S. (2018). Four key trends in U.S. apparel imports. Just-Style

Lu, S. (2017). Five key trends in world textile and apparel trade. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2017). Creating high-quality jobs in the US textile and apparel industry. UD Biden Institute.

Lu, S. (2017). Which products would be hardest hit if NAFTA nixed?. Just-Style. 

Lu, S. (2017). The impact of Trump’s trade policy on apparel businesses. Just-Style

Lu, S. (2017). How the global apparel sourcing landscape is changing?. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2017). Is China losing its edge as a US apparel supplier?. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2017). 2017 U.S. fashion industry benchmarking study. United States Fashion Industry Association: Washington DC.   [This study is cited by the Congressional Research Service (CSR) report prepared for members of U.S. Congress: Renegotiating NAFTA and U.S. Textile Manufacturing (October 2017): https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44998.pdf The study is also featured by several leading textile and apparel trade publications, including Sourcing Journal Online, Just-Style, California Apparel News, Fiber2Fashion, Fashion United, the Fung Business Intelligence and Financial Express Newspaper (Bangladesh)]

Lu, S. (2017). RCEP and its potential impact on textile and apparel trade. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2017). What might TTIP mean for US and EU textiles and apparel?. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2016). How would end of NAFTA affect US apparel industry?. Just-Style. [This article is: quoted by several national newspapers in Mexico, including Reforma (front page) and El Sol de Puebla; translated into Thai by the Thailand Ministry of Commerce and ranked #5 most read comment article in 2016 on Just-Style]

Lu, S. (2016). 2016 U.S. fashion industry benchmarking study. U.S. Fashion Industry Association: Washington, DC. [This study is cited by: Congressional Research Service (CSR) report prepared for members of U.S. Congress: U.S. Textile Manufacturing and the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (September 2016) and featured by industry publications including Women’s Wear Daily, Just-Style, and Sourcing Journal]

Lu, S. (2016).Why have U.S. FTA apparel imports fallen to a record low? Just-Style

Lu, S. (2016). TPP tariff phase-out can steer Vietnam sourcing plans. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2016). Global supply chain trends on show at Sourcing at MAGIC. Just-Style.

Lu, S. (2016). Diversification or concentration: Explore the global sourcing strategy of U.S. apparel firms, International Textile and Apparel Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lu, S. (2016).Has political influence of the U.S. textile industry waned? A case study on the negotiation results of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) , International Textile and Apparel Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Lu, S. (2015). 2015 U.S. fashion industry benchmarking study. United States Fashion Industry Association: Washington, DC. [This study is cited by: U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) official assessment on the economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership submitted to the Obama administration in May 2016; USITC’s Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2016 Report (Investigation No. 332-555, USITC Publication 4614, June 2016); USITC’s Shifts in US Merchandise Trade in 2015 report (USITC Publication 4621, September 2016) World Bank publication: Stitches to Riches? Apparel Employment, Trade and Economic Development in South Asia, 2016 ]

Lu, S. (2015). What clothing could the TPP X-basket contain?. Just-Style. 

Lu, S. (2015). Five key trends in world textile and apparel trade. Just-Style.  

Selected Journal Publications

Keough, K., & Lu, S. (2020). Explore the export performance of textiles and apparel “Made in the USA”: A firm-level analysis. Journal of the Textile Institute.

DuBreuil, M. & Lu, S. (2020). Traditional vs. big-data fashion trend forecasting: An examination using WGSN and EDITED. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 13(1), 68-77.

Lu, S. (2018). What will happen to the U.S. textile and apparel industry if the NAFTA goes? Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research, 12(2), 113-137.

Lu, S. (2017). Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: An Opportunity or a Threat to the EU Textile and Apparel Industry? Journal of the Textile Institute, 109 (7), 933-941.

Lu, S. (2016). Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on U.S. Textile and Apparel Manufacturing: A Quantitative Evaluation, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, 15(3), 134-152.

Lu, S. (2015) Does Japan’s accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership mean an opportunity or a threat to the U.S. textile industry? A quantitative evaluation, Journal of the Textile Institute, 106(5), 536-549. [This study is cited by: the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) research paper  The economic impact of Trans-Pacific Partnership: What have we learned from CGE simulation? (AWP No. 157) in July 2016.]

Lu, S.(2015) Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on China’s textiles and apparel exports: A quantitative analysis, The International Trade Journal, 29(1),19-38. [This study is cited by: Congressional Research Service (CSR) report prepared for members of U.S. Congress: U.S. Textile Manufacturing and the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (September 2016)]

Lu, S. (2013). Impacts of quota elimination on world textile trade: A reality check from 2000 to 2010, Journal of the Textile Institute, 104(3), 239–250.

Lu, S., & Dickerson, K. (2012). The United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and its impacts on China’s textile and apparel exports to the United States, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(5),300-314.

Lu, S., & Dickerson, K. (2012). The relationship between import penetration and the operation of the U.S. textile and apparel industries from 2002 to 2008. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(3), 119-133.

Lu, S. (2012). An empirical study on the impacts of quota elimination on world clothing trade from 2000 to 2009, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 16(3), 306-326.

Zhang, S.Y.,& Lu, S. (2010). World economy and export dependency of China’s textile industry. Journal of Donghua University(English Edition), 27(5), 623-627.

Ha-Brookshire, J., & Lu, S. (2010). Organizational identities and their economic performance: an analysis of U.S. textile and apparel firms of U.S. textile and apparel firms, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(3), 174-188.

Lu, S., & Ha-Brookshire, J. (2009). Regional production network led by the U.S. textile industry and the impact of the 2006-2008 U.S.-China textile agreement. Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 6(2),1-11.

Book Chapters

Lu, S. (2019). Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Impact on the integration of textile and apparel supply chain in the Asia-Pacific region. In Shen, B., Gu, QL., Yang, YX (Eds), Fashion Supply Chain Management in Asia: Concepts, Models and Cases. Springer.

Chi, T., & Lu, S. (2020). Fashion supply chain: Domestic vs. offshore sourcing. In Karpova, E. (Ed), The Dangers of Fashion: Towards Ethical And Sustainable Solutions. Fairchild Book.

Peer-reviewed Case Study

Lu, S. (in press). How to promote human rights through apparel sourcing and trade? Debate on terminating Cambodia’s eligibility for EU’s Everything But Arms’ program. In Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Brady, S., & Lu, S. (2020). Managing used clothing trade. In Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Lu, S. (2019). Gap Inc’s sourcing dilemma: Stay or leave China. In Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Lu, S. (2018). Textile industry versus apparel industry: Trade policy in the world of global supply chain. In Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. London: Bloomsbury Academic.