Category: Cotton LEADS

Monthly Economic Letter: November 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook All benchmark prices increased over the past month. +  The December NY/ICE contract increased from 110 to 118 cents/lb. Open interest has been migrating out of the December contract ahead of its expiration and...

Executive Cotton Update: November 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates the U.S. economy grew at a 2.0% seasonally-adjusted annual rate in the third quarter (Q3 2021). This is lower than the 6.7% growth in Q2 2021...

How Real Are Sustainability Concerns?

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In this 3-part Supply Chain Insights series from Cotton Incorporated, read how consumers translate their concerns into action, from buying organic food to seeking out sustainable clothing made of natural fibers.

Come see us at the Functional Fabric Fair!

Looking for innovation and inspiration in your cotton products? Connect with us this month at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, OR, to learn about the latest cotton technologies, sustainability research, and fabric developments. Drop in at booth 502 or reserve...

Beyond COVID: Demand & Prices

Surging Economy U.S. Apparels Spending What has been feeding growth in apparel spending?   Demand   Supply Chain Prices   Throughout the supply chain there are a swirl of influences. While fiber and yarn prices have responded to stronger demand post-COVID,...

Burt’s Bees Repurposed Cotton Facial Wipes

Burt's Bees Repurposed Cotton Facial Wipes

Transform your cleansing routine. Made with 25% repurposed cotton, Burt’s Bees has launched a new range of facial wipes to lift away makeup, dirt, and oil without harsh rubbing or rinsing. Cleansing, hydrating with a refreshing scent, these 100% cotton...

Monthly Economic Letter: October 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Most benchmark prices surged between late September and the present. +  After touching values below 90 cents/lb on September 20, the December NY/ICE futures contract surged higher. Prices moved lower with the latest USDA...

Executive Cotton Update: October 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The list of challenges facing apparel sourcing professionals seems only to get longer. First, there were trade tensions and tariff increases. Then the worst pandemic in a century hit. More recently, there...

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Save the Date: Environmental Tools for Improving Sustainability Decisions in Agriculture

Environmental Tools for Improving Sustainability Decisions in Agriculture November 2-4 Grow your skills with industry-leading models and methods. Cotton Incorporated has teamed up with the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment and North Carolina State University to host a 3-day...

Meet Our Campus Influencers

Student voices are powerful. That’s why we partner with emerging professionals across the U.S. in our CottonWorks™ Campus Influencers program. Our influencers spread the word about what’s happening in the cotton industry and share the resources available here on CottonWorks™....

3 Reasons to Celebrate Cotton Today

Celebrate World Cotton Day October 7 is World Cotton Day, a global celebration promoting cotton and all its stakeholders in production, transformation, and trade while also highlighting the many technological advances and ongoing research related to cotton and cotton products....

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in the U.S.: Wave Seven

Consumers in the U.S. Amid the latest worldwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the new delta variant, concern among consumers has spiked, nearing its highest level of the pandemic. The latest “Things To Know About” infographic from Cotton Incorporated...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in Mexico: Wave Seven

Consumers in Mexico Amid the latest worldwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the new delta variant, concern among consumers has spiked, nearing its highest level of the pandemic. The latest “Things To Know About” infographic from Cotton Incorporated presents...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in China: Wave Seven

Consumers in China Amid the latest worldwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the new delta variant, concern among consumers has spiked, nearing its highest level of the pandemic. The latest “Things To Know About” infographic from Cotton Incorporated presents...

Monthly Economic Letter: September 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook U.S and Chinese benchmark prices increased in early August but were flat to lower later in the month and through early September. + Values for the December NY/ICE futures contract rose in early August...

Executive Cotton Update: September 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain After two months of stronger than expected job gains, the latest figure was disappointing. In August, the fewest jobs were added since January. The resurgence in COVID has been blamed for the...

AN KO RAU 0® Continues with TransDRY™ Technology

AN KO RAU 0® Continues with TransDRY™ Technology

Urban outdoor brand An Ko Rau 0® continues their TransDRY™ technology adoption into 2021. An Ko Rau 0® offers a range of men’s and women’s products featuring moisture-wicking technology and the TransDRY™ hangtag. Products are available at 150 stores across China and on the popular e-commerce...

Monthly Economic Letter: August 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Most benchmark prices increased last month. +  Values for the December NY/ICE futures contract held between 88 and 90 cents/lb for much of July. In early August, futures resumed their climb and have reached...

Executive Cotton Update: August 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain In their latest update, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicated that the U.S. economy surpassed its pre-COVID peak of activity in the second quarter. The data are more challenging to aggregate...

Monthly Economic Letter: July 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Although several prices slipped around the middle of June, most benchmarks are slightly higher than their levels one month ago. +  Values for the December NY/ICE futures contract dipped from 88 to 85 cents/lb...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in Mexico: Wave Six

Age of Consumers Percent of consumers who are very concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (by age): Returning to Normal 41% feel safe resuming normal, pre-pandemic activities 91% have purchased or plan to purchase clothing to resume normal activities Consumer...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in China: Wave Six

Age of Consumers Percent of consumers who are very concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (by age): Returning to Normal 69% feel safe resuming normal, pre-pandemic activities 95% have purchased or plan to purchase clothing to resume normal activities Consumer...

Executive Cotton Update: July 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The labor market continues to show signs of improvement, with job growth in June estimated to be the strongest in nearly a year. Accumulated savings, rising confidence, and lower COVID case numbers...

Banana Republic Adopts STORM COTTON™ Technology

Banana Republic Adopts STORM COTTON™ Technology

Banana Republic has you covered rain or shine with their adoption of STORM COTTON™ technology in two women’s jacket styles. The Rain Jacket and Popover Rain Jacket both feature the water repellent benefits of the STORM COTTON™ finish with crisp,...

Recent Webinar: Back-to-School Buying Behaviors Post-Pandemic

Between a pandemic-driven recession and unprecedented stimulus to spur consumer spending, the past year has been a roller coaster for the economy and consumers. Despite initial drops, clothing expenditures outperformed overall spending and continue to top shopping lists. With vaccinations...

Things To Know About COVID-19 in the U.S.: Wave 6

Percentage who are very concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (by age):   Consumers expect to spend more on clothing   Percent of consumers spending more on clothing since the start of the pandemic:   70% say the pandemic experience...

Monthly Economic Letter: June 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Indian and Pakistani prices increased over the past month, while NY/ICE futures, the A Index, and Chinese cotton prices fell and rebounded. + After sliding from 87 to 81 cents/lb in the first half...

Executive Cotton Update: June 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain Job growth picked up in May, but the U.S. economy is still down 7.6 million positions since the onset of the COVID crisis. Simultaneously, employers have been reporting difficulty in finding applicants...

Johnston & Murphy Adopts TransDRY® Technology

Johnston & Murphy Adopts TransDRY® Technology

Johnston & Murphy adopted TransDRY® technology in their line of men’s and women’s performance golf socks. Designed to perform on or off the course, the moisture-wicking technology transfers moisture from the inside to the outside of the sock to keep...

Vera Bradley Features the Seal of Cotton Trademark

Vera Bradley features the Seal of Cotton trademark

Searching for a bag that you can’t live without? Great news! Vera Bradley launched a Recycled Cotton Collection featuring their iconic backpacks, totes, crossbody bags, travel bags, and more. Everything you love about cotton (the softness, the comfort, the vibrancy)...

Monthly Economic Letter: May 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook All benchmark prices increased over the past month. +  Since early March, the July NY/ICE futures contract has risen from 78 to those above 90 cents/lb. In the latest trading, prices have been near...

Executive Cotton Update: May 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that the U.S. economy expanded at a 6.4% annual rate in the first quarter. Since the recovery began, annualized growth rates have been +33.4% (Q3 2020)...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in Mexico

A Year in Review: Consumers Look Ahead Percent of consumers who are very concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (by age): Consumers expect to spend more on clothing   Percent of consumers expecting to spend the same amount or more...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in China

A Year in Review: Consumers Look Ahead Percent of consumers who are very concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (by age): Consumers expect to spend more on clothing   Percent of consumers expecting to spend the same amount or more...

Rebuild, Regenerate, Restore: Cotton’s Central Role in Sustainability & Circularity

Every Earth Day is an occasion for reflection and an opportunity for improvement, but Earth Day 2021 marks a unique moment and a singular chance to create lasting change. As the world begins to sketch its post-COVID shape, rather than...

Browzwear & Cotton Collaborate on Sustainability

Browzwear & Cotton Collaborate on Sustainability

Browzwear, a 3D digital solution for the fashion industry, and Cotton Incorporated are uniting for Earth Day to create an eco-conscious digital fabric collection consisting of over 20 minimally processed cotton fabrics ready to use in Browzwear’s VStitcher asset library....

Upcoming Webinar on Single-Use Plastics

Plastic Free: Proving a Natural Solution

The European Commission adopted the world’s first comprehensive plastics strategy to decrease single-use plastics accounting for marine litter. As a result, the European Union is taking legislative action against single-use plastic items and plastic fishing gear – plastics that account...

Monthly Economic Letter: April 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook All benchmark prices decreased over the past month. +  The May NY/ICE futures contract fell from 88 to 78 cents/lb between early March and early April. In later trading, prices have rebounded to levels...

Executive Cotton Update: April 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The International Monetary Fund (IMF) just released an updated set of forecasts for economic growth around the world. The latest IMF estimate for global economic growth in 2021 is 6.0%. This is...

Grupo Familia Features Cotton Trademarks

Grupo Familia Features Cotton Trademarks

Grupo Familia, one of the largest personal care and hygiene brands in South America, has adopted cotton into a range of products. The cotton enhanced™ and cotton natural™ trademarks are identified in their line of feminine pads, tampons, and pantyliners...

Proctor & Gamble Features the Seal of Cotton Trademark

Proctor & Gamble Features the Seal of Cotton Trademark

The global brand P&G has launched the first feminine pads labeled with the Seal of Cotton trademark in Mexico. The pads have a 100% cotton topsheet and are sold under the brand NATURELLA JUST NATURAL. P&G’s website highlights the Seal...

Wolverine Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Wolverine Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Wolverine has adopted TOUGH COTTON™ technology under the name Guardian Cotton. Wolverine claims that Guardian Cotton “provides the comfort of cotton with 4x-8x the abrasion resistance for the hardest of workers.” The Guardian Cotton product line includes work pants, work...

Monthly Economic Letter: March 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Most benchmark prices increased throughout February but decreased in early March. +  The May NY/ICE futures contract rose from values near 85 cents/lb one month ago to levels approaching 94 cents/lb on February 24th....

Executive Cotton Update: March 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a third set of stimulus measures. This package features another round of direct payments, an extension of supplemental unemployment payments, support for state and local governments, and...

Next Week: CLO Virtual Fashion User Summit

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Have you made the leap into digital product development? As a leader in cotton product innovation and a resource for digital fabrics, Cotton Incorporated is pleased to take part in the upcoming CLO Virtual Fashion User Summit on February 23...

Monthly Economic Letter: February 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Most cotton benchmark prices increased over the past month. +  Trading activity has started to shift out of the Nearby March NY/ICE futures contract and into the May contract. Values for March were relatively...

Executive Cotton Update: February 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The U.S. economy is estimated to have grown at a 4.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter. This followed record growth in the third quarter (33.4%) and record contraction in the second...

NEW: Sourcing Cotton Resources

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Sourcing Cotton is a special resource that provides you with essential information about cotton that can help answer relevant sourcing questions.

Outdoor Retailer x Cotton

Are you attending Outdoor Retailer Winter Online? Connect with Cotton Incorporated virtually at OR for the latest in digital cotton design, innovation, sustainability, and trend. As a CottonWorks™ member, here’s your exclusive preview. OR Exclusive: Digital Fabric Education Digitized for...

Monthly Economic Letter: January 2021

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Global cotton prices continued to rise over the past month. +  The NY March futures contract climbed from 74 cents/lb to 82 cents/lb. The December futures contract, reflective of price expectations after the 2021/22...

Executive Cotton Update: January 2021

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain COVID was a dominant force in 2020, and it has already underlined its importance in 2021. In the U.S., daily rates for new case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths are all at near-record...

Recent Webinar: COVID, Consumers, & Clothes

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Monthly Economic Letter: December 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Most international benchmark prices increased over the past month. +  The NY March futures contract climbed from 70 cents/lb to 74 cents/lb. Cotlook’s A Index rose from 76 to 80 cents/lb. +  In international...

Executive Cotton Update: December 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The latest jobs report signaled a significant slowdown in hiring in November.  Even before the latest surge in COVID cases, a deceleration in economic activity had been anticipated in late 2020 and...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in China: Wave 3

As the pandemic continues, about three-quarters of consumers plan to purchase clothing in the next few months. Based on data from Cotton Incorporated’s third COVID-19 Consumer Response Survey, the latest “Things To Know About” explores pent-up consumer demand for clothing...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in Mexico: Wave 3

As the pandemic continues, about three-quarters of consumers plan to purchase clothing in the next few months. Based on data from Cotton Incorporated’s third COVID-19 Consumer Response Survey, the latest “Things To Know About” explores pent-up consumer demand for clothing...

Monthly Economic Letter: November 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook All international benchmark prices increased over the past month. +  The NY December futures contract climbed from 67 to as high as 72 cents/lb near the end of October. More recently, prices  eased back...

Executive Cotton Update: November 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The U.S. presidential election is over, and one source of uncertainty for U.S. and global markets has been resolved. While a new president has been chosen, the elections did not generate a...

Upcoming Webinar: Artwork Files for Knitwear Design

Artwork Files for Knitwear Design Webinar

Artwork Files for Knitwear Design November 9 at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) Join us as Alexis Mondragon – technical designer, knitwear specialist, and sweater consultant for Cotton Incorporated – takes a deeper look at: Artwork and body mapping solutions...

Monthly Economic Letter: October 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook All international benchmark prices increased over the past month. + The NY December futures contract climbed from 64 to 67 cents/lb. + Cotlook’s A Index rose from 70 to 73 cents/lb. + The China...

Recent Webinar: The New Normal

Missed Our Latest Webinar? The New Normal: Accelerating Consumer Trends in the Current & Post-COVID World takes a deeper look at the effects COVID has had on consumer trends.

Executive Cotton Update: October 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The COVID diagnosis for the president, along with rising daily case counts in locations such as Europe, emphasizes how coronavirus remains a threat to global health. As the pandemic lingers, the possibility...

5 Reasons to Celebrate Cotton in Your Supply Chain

Celebrate World Cotton Day with us this Wednesday, October 7! World Cotton Day is a global celebration designed to promote cotton and all its stakeholders in production, transformation, and trade while also promoting the many technological advances and ongoing research...

Things To Know About COVID-19 in the U.S.: Wave 3

Percentage who are very concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (by age):   As the pandemic continues, consumer spending is level   Consumers spend more on clothing Pent-up demand for clothing realized   64% of consumers feel comfortable shopping for clothing...

Lands’ End Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Lands' End Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Lands’ End promotes TOUGH COTTON™ technology on their website and catalog: “We just made the best leggings ever. The secret? TOUGH COTTON™ technology. This cool technology uses innovative treatments to make the fabric stronger for longer by creating bonds with...

Vancl Features the Seal of Cotton Trademark & Cotton LEADS℠ Partnership

Vancl Features the Seal of Cotton Trademark & Cotton LEADS℠ Partnership

Vancl features the Seal of Cotton trademark and their support of the Cotton LEADS℠ program on the hangtag of their cotton apparel. These hangtags allow their consumers to easily identify cotton in their products. Vancl is a leading casual brand...

Supply Chain Insights: Home Textiles

KEY INSIGHTS   MARKET OPPORTUNITIES   PERFORMANCE FEATURES DESIRED   All content sourced from Cotton Incorporated’s 2020 Home Textiles survey, a survey of 6,000 consumers in the U.S., China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Italy, and the...

Vancl Adopts WICKING WINDOWS™ Technology

Vancl Adopts WICKING WINDOWS™ Technology

Vancl adopted the WICKING WINDOWS™ technology on a line of performance t-shirts. WICKING WINDOWS™ performance manages moisture keeping the wearer cool and comfortable. Vancl is a leading casual brand and one of the largest online apparel retailers in China. The...

Upcoming Webinar: Cotton & the Climate Roadmap

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Cotton & the Climate Roadmap: Strategies for the Apparel Industry to Reach Net Zero September 30 at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) How are apparel companies planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Join us for our upcoming webinar as...

An Ko Rau 0® Adopts TransDRY® Technology

An Ko Rau 0® Adopts TransDRY™ Technology

Urban outdoor sportswear brand An Ko Rau 0® adopted TransDRY® technology in their women’s and men’s apparel lines on products such as t-shirts, pants, and dresses. The TransDRY® moisture management technology is featured on garment hangtags. Product will be sold...

Monthly Economic Letter: September 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook The NY Nearby and the A Index were stable over the past month. Asian benchmarks increased. + The NY December futures contract held to levels near 64 cents/lb. + Cotlook’s A Index was steady...

Executive Cotton Update: September 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The U.S. economy has significantly improved since the second quarter. Following the record quarter-to-quarter decrease in GDP in the second quarter, a record increase is expected in the third. However, even with...

Duluth Trading Company Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

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Duluth Trading Company has adopted TOUGH COTTON™ technology, claiming that “while it wears like armor, it never moves like it!” Duluth states that “while the occasional scrape never bothered you much, the cotton in usual work clothes can’t say the...

Kohl’s Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Kohl's Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Just in time for back to school, Kohl’s has launched its TOUGH COTTON™ girl’s leggings. The TOUGH COTTON™ technology provides durability and can stand up to the toughest challenges. The leggings are available in a range of solid colors and...

JEEP® Continues Seal of Cotton + Cotton LEADS℠

JEEP®Continues Seal of Cotton + Cotton LEADS℠

JEEP® cotton apparel in China continues to boast the Seal of Cotton trademark and Cotton LEADS℠ branding to ensure consumers recognize the natural cotton fiber. Due to its unique American DNA, JEEP® is welcomed by Chinese consumers and this product...

Monthly Economic Letter: August 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Movement in benchmark prices was mixed over the past month. + The NY December futures contract moved lower (to below 60 cents/lb in late July) and then higher (near 65 cents/lb in early August)...

Executive Cotton Update: August 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The U.S. economy was estimated to have contracted at a 32.9% seasonally-adjusted annual rate in the second quarter. This followed a 5.0% contraction in the first quarter and easily ranks as the...

Introducing Digital Cotton Fabrics

Leading brands are evolving their supply chains to incorporate digital tools, and a new future is being paved for the apparel and textile industry through the emergence of 3D simulation technology. As a leader in product innovation to advance the...

Active’s Trending Shades: Color Forecasting for Spring Summer 2022

Color selection plays an important role in helping a trend come to life by telling the visual and emotional story that designers are attempting to portray to consumers. In the research process, Cotton Incorporated’s trend forecasting team takes an overarching...

Monthly Economic Letter: July 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani prices were stable over the past month. NY futures and the A Index drifted slightly higher. + Prices for the December NY futures contract rose from levels near 60 to...

Executive Cotton Update: July 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released an updated set of forecasts for global economic growth last month. In those estimates, the IMF lowered its forecast for global GDP growth in 2020 from...

Introducing Curated Collections

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CottonWorks™ equips you with free resources to keep making decisions in your supply chain, including the FABRICAST™ digital library.

COVID & the Cotton Supply Chain

Deteriorating Expectations for Global GD Record Job Losses (U.S.) Record Monthly Drop in Consumer Confidence in April (U.S.) Record Drop in Consumer Spending (U.S.) Record Increase in Retailer Inventory/Sales Ratios6 Retailers Were Dealing with Tariffs Before COVID Record Downward Revisions...

Recent Webinar: Navigate the Market

Missed Our Latest Webinar? Navigate the Market: Economic, Consumer, & Retail Insights covers current market conditions and consumer behaviors that have resulted due to COVID-19.

Mack Weldon Relaunches TransDRY® Technology

Mack Weldon relaunches the TransDRY® technology

Designed with those leisurely summer days in mind, Mack Weldon has relaunched the TransDRY® technology for men’s polo shirts and t-shirts. Whether you’re practicing your backhand, manning the grill, or lounging poolside, their TransDRY® shirts, called DRYKNIT, are designed to...

Executive Cotton Update: June 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain Even a few weeks into the process of reopening, several indicators are signaling that the worst of the U.S. economic contraction may already be in the past. In most instances, data are...

Monthly Economic Letter: June 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Several benchmark prices drifted higher over the past month. Indian prices were stable. Pakistani prices decreased. + The nearby July NY futures contract increased slightly, from 58 to 60 cents/lb. Prices for the December...

Supply Chain Insights: Home Textiles in China

Chinese consumers spent ¥167 billion ($23.4B USD) on home textile products in 2019. While a drop in spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic is expected in 2020, this market is projected to recover by 2021 and to show a 5-year...

Supply Chain Insights: Home Textiles in Mexico

Mexican consumers spent Mex$44.3 billion (USD $2.3 billion) on home textile products in 2019. While a drop in spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic is expected in 2020, this market is projected to recover by 2022 and to show a...

Supply Chain Insights: Home Textiles in the United States

U.S. consumers spent $66.4 billion on home textile products in 2019. While a drop in spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic is expected in 2020, this market is projected to recover by 2022 and to show a 5-year growth of...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in Mexico: Wave 2

Around the world, consumers are responding to COVID-19 by social distancing, working remotely when possible, and staying home. Following up on our U.S. survey to better understand the effects of the pandemic on consumer habits and attitudes, the Cotton Incorporated...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns in China: Wave 2

Around the world, consumers are responding to COVID-19 by social distancing, working remotely when possible, and staying home. Following up on our U.S. survey to better understand the effects of the pandemic on consumer habits and attitudes, the Cotton Incorporated...

Monthly Economic Letter: May 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook Most benchmark prices were flat to higher over the past month. Indian prices edged slightly lower. + The nearby July NY futures contract rose from 53 to 58 cents/lb. + The A Index climbed...

Executive Cotton Update: May 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its first estimate for U.S. GDP growth in the first quarter. The 4.8% contraction (seasonally-adjusted annual rate) is the biggest drop since the 8.4% decrease in...

COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns: Wave 2 Survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe, consumers adapt their shopping to this new normal. Based on data from the second wave of our COVID-19 Consumer Response Survey, our latest survey explores pent-up consumer demand and plans for shopping...

Trade, COVID-19, & the Cotton Planting Season

For nearly all industries, it has been a year full of uncertainty. This certainly has been true for U.S. cotton growers.  The Matter of Trade Cotton demand is sensitive to changes in global economic activity, and cotton prices can be...

Recent Webinar: Stop the Leak

On April 14, 2020, CottonWorks™ hosted the webinar Stop the Leak: Addressing Plastic Leakage in Your Supply Chain to discuss the Plastic Leak Project, an initiative designed to identify, measure, and develop scalable solutions to stop plastic leakage and pollution.

Executive Cotton Update: April 2020

U.S. Macroeconomic Indicators & the Cotton Supply Chain Both the speed and scale of the COVID-19 outbreak are an unprecedented shock to the global economy. Although concerns had surfaced (Washington state declared a state of emergency on February 29), much...

Monthly Economic Letter: April 2020

Cotton Market Fundamentals & Price Outlook All benchmark prices fell over the past month. + The nearby May NY futures contract dropped from 61 to 53 cents/lb. + The A Index slipped from 72 to 64 cents/lb. + In international...

10 Things to Know: Consumer Response to COVID-19

The response to COVID-19 is altering American life. Social distancing, working remotely, when possible, and the shift of education from public schools to the privacy of living rooms and kitchen tables is the strange new normal. To better understand the...