By and  on May 16, 2012

Against a backdrop of currency ups and downs, zigzagging raw material costs and ever-cautious customers, textile and apparel suppliers are increasingly relying on their quick wits — and beefed-up services — to turn a profit.

The overall climate of political and economic uncertainty in Europe and the U.S. is forcing everyone to up their game in a bid to hang on to a customer base that is worried about the consequences of taking too many risks. Regardless of market segment, everyone will be wrestling with common challenges in the coming six months: currency fluctuations and raw material prices.

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