New Five Fav Friday
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Get The 5 Things We've Been Loving, Using, and Reading -- Articles, Books, Gadgets, and More.


Here's what you get: 

Every other Friday (twice a month), we send out an exclusive email with the five favorite things we’ve found (or explored) around the textile trade.

It could include exclusive content, private Q&As, giveaways or articles, books, and new hacks/tricks from around the world. 

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Here is your latest dose of Five Fav Friday.




  • Have you tried a Silent Zoom Meeting? No agenda, no speakers, but everyone's productivity could increase.


  • A podcast we're listening to about possible forced labor in a Chinese province where they produce cotton and other textiles. Skip to 1:03 for story.


  • Quote we're pondering from Rabindranath Tagore, first non-European awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."

  • Is the Jobber’s Life Coming to an End in the U.S.? F&FI Editor Eric Schneider had an interesting conversation with one jobber.

“The jobber’s role in the marketplace has become a thing of the past,” according to one U.S. jobber, who is wondering how he will survive.

“The mill is going direct to my customer, bypassing me, or the mill rep is going direct with one of his other lines. Where does that leave the jobber? It leaves us nowhere.”

This jobber is trying to figure out if he can offer his warehouse and cut-order capability to an offshore mill, which wants further inroads into the U.S., or perhaps merge with another jobber to get the costs down. Time will tell.

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As always, please give us your feedback. Which item above was your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Please let us know. Just send tweet to @fandfinews (and put #FFINews at end so we can find it) or email Ray Parker, associate editor.

Have a great weekend and stay safe,

F&FI Team