Nike shares slide on future orders in Q2

Sporting goods giant Nike has revealed second-quarter earnings that rose faster than revenue thanks to gross margin expansion - but weak growth in future orders hit its share price.

Vietnam garment factories face fire safety challenge

Blocked fire exits and a lack of proper equipment and training highlight a “persistently high” level of non-compliance with fire safety standards in Vietnam garment factories, says a new report.

Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports?

The Bangladesh RMG industry has set out a goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies. But while the plans are big in scope they are also short on detail.

COMMENT: The decline of the buying office

Twenty years ago major garment importers began to move away from independent agents to set up wholly-owned buying offices where every middleman performed the same work. Now, and the range of services has soared in number and complexity.

World Bank urged to probe links with Uzbek cotton

The World Bank's internal watchdog is being urged to investigate whether its projects are contributing to the use of forced labour in in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan.

Latest Apparel Insights

Bangladesh: The road ahead on remediation

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginni...

Vietnam factories face fire safety challenge

Blocked fire exits and a lack of proper equipment and training highlight a “persistently high” level of non-compliance with fire safety stan...

COMMENT: The decline of the buying office

Twenty years ago major garment importers and retailers began to move away from independent agents to set up wholly-owned buying offices wher...

Top company strategic reviews of 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...

Bangladesh: The business benefits of compliance

Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices?...

Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports?

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it work...


IN THE MONEY: Lululemon confident of turning a corner 12 Dec 14

Canadian yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica says it has turned an important corner and will be relentless about accelerating forward, after revealing third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.


Bangladesh falls further as US apparel imports grow 10 Dec 14

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

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3D Virtual Prototyping: Transforming the Collection Development Process

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Near-sourcing: a new opportunity for apparel firms?

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Speed, Skill, Sustainability : The Sri Lankan Fashion Mantra

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Major Apparel News

Tesco teams with union on UK garment supply chain

Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 14

UK trade union Community has signed what it claims is a ground-breaking agreement with retail giant Tesco to improve conditions in its domestic apparel supply chain.


Nike shares slide on future orders in Q2

Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 14

Sporting goods giant Nike has revealed second-quarter earnings that rose faster than revenue thanks to gross margin expansion - but weak growth in future orders hit its share price.


Report urges overhaul of Cambodia factory safety

Richard Woodard | 16 Dec 14

Safety in Cambodian garment factories needs to be improved through a complete overhaul of building regulations and the inspection regime, says a new report.

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Latest Apparel Interviews

INTERVIEW: Levi Strauss refocuses on "profit through principle" 8 Dec 14

Michelle Russell

Levis Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.


INTERVIEW: M&S continuing to drive sustainability agenda 12 Nov 14

Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.


INTERVIEW: Mango continues on global growth trajectory 24 Oct 14

Michelle Russell

Spanish fashion retailer Mango might have its roots firmly in Europe, but is on a growth trajectory globally, making its presence felt in most major countries. just-style spoke with managing director Enric Casi and Jose Gomez, VP of international business development, about what the future holds and the challenges of operating in today's changing retail environment.

Apparel Blog

Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality

Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 14

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


Change is afoot in the retail calendar

Leonie Barrie | 2 Dec 14

Once a bellwether of US retailers' likely performance over the upcoming holiday, sales during the just-gone Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend have dropped for the second year in a row.


Seeking alternatives to rising labour costs

Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 14

Instead of relocating production in an attempt to sidestep the challenge of rising labour costs, China's textile and clothing manufacturers should work to create a more sustainable industry.

Hot Apparel Issues

Bangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies.

Bangladesh falls further as US apparel imports grow

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Vietnam was undoubtedly the biggest beneficiary, while Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

Challenge awaits Abercrombie & Fitch CEO replacement

US teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries this week stepped down after more than two decades at the helm. Although analysts believe a change of leadership could be positive for the group, there is no denying the new CEO faces a steep mountain to climb.

Is Black Friday losing its lustre?

Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping, and an improving economy appear to be changing the way US consumers approach what has traditionally been the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

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