Category: Economics

Executive Cotton Update: May 2022

The Federal Reserve implemented a half percentage point increase in interest rates on May 5. Fed officials also signaled that further half-point increases are possible at each of the five remaining meetings this calendar year.

Monthly Economic Letter: May 2022

Most benchmark prices increased over the past month. Chinese prices decreased.

Earth Day Recap

Sustainability is in the spotlight each April, but it’s front and center for the U.S. cotton industry year-round. If you missed our Earth Day features celebrating the science and art of cotton sustainability, we’ve got your full recap here.

A Sustainable Future with Cotton

This Earth Day, we’re recognizing the journey that’s involved when investing in a sustainable future. For cotton, that means appreciating the innately sustainable aspects of the renewable fiber while advocating for continuous improvements at the farm, manufacturing, and consumer levels.

Monthly Economic Letter: April 2022

Most benchmark prices increased over the past month. Open interest is shifting out of the May NY/ICE futures contract and into July.

Executive Cotton Update: April 2022

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, inflation was already a creeping global concern. The outbreak of war in Europe caused extreme volatility in commodity markets, most notably those tied to energy and food markets.

Monthly Economic Letter: March 2022

Most benchmark prices decreased over the past month. The most actively traded May 2021 NY/ICE futures contract decreased from 124 to 118 cents/lb. over the past month.

Executive Cotton Update: March 2022

With the invasion of Ukraine, the world suddenly became a different place. Along with the pandemic, shipping constraints, and inflation, the war represents yet another source of uncertainty and volatility.

New Cotton Incorporated + Studio 317 Garment Collection

Cotton Incorporated has collaborated with Studio 317 to showcase a new garment collection that features unique constructions and exciting technologies you can only find with cotton. These new pieces highlight cotton’s innovation by incorporating our own FABRICAST™ developments.

Monthly Economic Letter: February 2022

All benchmark prices increased over the past month. The Nearby March NY/ICE futures contract increased from 115 to 127 cents/lb.

Executive Cotton Update: February 2022

Many financial markets experienced volatility in recent weeks. The list of contributing causes is not short. It includes record COVID cases brought by the Omicron variant, high inflation, concerns about central bank actions to tame inflation, and geopolitical developments.

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2022

Are you heading to Denver next week? Is your team looking for new inspiration for your cotton products? Do you want to learn more about cotton’s sustainability? Connect with us next week at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show to see the latest cotton technologies, sustainability research, and fabric developments.

Monthly Economic Letter: January 2022

All benchmark prices increased over the past month. The March NY/ICE futures fell as low as 104 cents/lb in early December.

Executive Cotton Update: January 2022

The Omicron variant has driven COVID case counts to new records in the U.S. and elsewhere. While the new strain has proven extraordinarily contagious, it has also been less dangerous to human health.

Monthly Economic Letter: December 2021

The latest USDA report featured a small decrease in global production (-224,000 bales to 121.6 million) and a small increase to global mill-use (+170,000 bales to 124.3 million).

Executive Cotton Update: December 2021

The U.S. economy was estimated to have added fewer jobs last month. Nonetheless, the unemployment rate posted a significant drop (-0.4 percentage points).

Monthly Economic Letter: November 2021

The latest USDA report featured increases to 2021/22 global production (+1.5 million bales to 121.8 million) and mill-use (+0.7 million bales to 124.1 million).

Executive Cotton Update: November 2021

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).

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. 

Beyond COVID: Demand & Prices

Relative to 2019, apparel spending has been up 25% in recent months. Normal annual growth is near 3%, so there has been more growth than could have been expected without 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

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.

Executive Cotton Update: October 2021

The list of challenges facing apparel sourcing professionals seems only to get longer. First, there were trade tensions and tariff increases.

Register Now: Virtual Event with Cotton Incorporated

Cotton Incorporated has teamed up with the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment and North Carolina State University to host a 3-day virtual conference, Environmental Tools for Improving Sustainability Decisions In Agriculture.

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

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

U.S and Chinese benchmark prices increased in early August but were flat to lower later in the month and through early September.

Executive Cotton Update: September 2021

After two months of stronger than expected job gains, the latest figure was disappointing. In August, the fewest jobs were added since January.

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

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 levels over 93 cents/lb.

Executive Cotton Update: August 2021

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.

Monthly Economic Letter: July 2021

Although several prices slipped around the middle of June, most benchmarks are slightly higher than their levels one month ago.

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

The labor market continues to show signs of improvement, with job growth in June estimated to be the strongest in nearly a year.

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

Indian and Pakistani prices increased over the past month, while NY/ICE futures, the A Index, and Chinese cotton prices fell and rebounded.

Executive Cotton Update: June 2021

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 for work.

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

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 88 cents/lb.

Executive Cotton Update: May 2021

The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that the U.S. economy expanded at a 6.4% annual rate in the first quarter.

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 and Cotton Incorporated are uniting to create an eco-conscious digital fabric collection of minimally processed cotton fabrics ready to use in Browzwear’s VStitcher asset library.

Upcoming Webinar on Single-Use Plastics

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

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 near 82 cents/lb.

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

The global brand P&G has launched the first feminine pads labeled with the Seal of Cotton trademark in Mexico.

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."

Monthly Economic Letter: March 2021

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 24.

Executive Cotton Update: March 2021

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 assistance for low-income children.

Next Week: CLO Virtual Fashion User Summit

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 and 24.

Monthly Economic Letter: February 2021

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.

Executive Cotton Update: February 2021

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 quarter (-31.4%).

Sourcing Cotton Resources

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

Global cotton prices continued to rise over the past month. The NY March futures contract climbed from 74 cents/lb to 82 cents/lb.

Executive Cotton Update: January 2021

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 levels.

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Monthly Economic Letter: December 2020

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.

Executive Cotton Update: December 2020

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 early 2021. 

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

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 to 70 cents/lb.

Executive Cotton Update: November 2020

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 clear result for the U.S. Senate.

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

All international benchmark prices increased over the past month. The NY December futures contract climbed from 64 to 67 cents/lb.

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

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 of a resurgence in emergency shutdown orders remains, and the virus remains a threat to global economic growth.

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 hang tags allow their consumers to easily identify cotton in their products. Vancl is a leading casual...

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

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.

Executive Cotton Update: September 2020

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.

Duluth Trading Company Adopts TOUGH COTTON™ Technology

Duluth Trading sweatshirt

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

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) over the past month.

Executive Cotton Update: August 2020

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 sharpest decline on record (since 1947).

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.

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

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 those near 64 cents/lb.

Executive Cotton Update: July 2020

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released an updated set of forecasts for global economic growth last month.

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.