Top ten news stories on just-style in 2012...
Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2012. From Nike's Flyknit seamless running shoes to garment factory strikes, innovation and labour problems were some of the issues that made the headlines.
- UK: Women's wear retailers urged to rethink sourcing strategies
Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.
- BANGLADESH: Garment exports could triple in a decade
Bangladesh has the potential to be the next apparel sourcing hotspot, and could see ready-made garment exports nearly triple within a decade as buyers move some sourcing away from China, a new report says.
- CHINA: China to become "e-commerce super power"
China is set to become the world's next e-commerce super power, overtaking the US by 2015, according to research released by luxury Chinese e-commerce group VIPStore.
- NICARAGUA: To harvest first organic cotton crop
Nicaragua is preparing to harvest its first crop of organic cotton as part of an ongoing project to boost the growth of the country's textile and apparel sector.
- US: Nike unveils Flyknit seamless running shoes
Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, sportswear giant Nike has unveiled an ultra-lightweight and virtually seamless shoe, which it claims "redefines the idea of running footwear".
- UK: Fenn Wright Mason sold to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams
The administrators of Fenn Wright Mason have sold the business to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, the daughter of Matalan founder John Hargreaves.
- US: Macy's lifts full-year outlook as Q3 profit rises
Department store retailer Macy's today (7 November) raised its full-year earnings guidance as it booked a 4.3% rise in third-quarter net profit, helped by its strategy of tailoring merchandise to the needs of local markets.
- US: Nike backs waterless fabric dyeing process
Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has teamed up with a Dutch textile machinery company that has developed a way to dye fabrics without using water - and says it hopes to boost the technology's uptake throughout the apparel industry.
- BANGLADESH: PVH commits $1m to improving factory safety
Apparel maker PVH Corp today (21 March) revealed plans to commit $1m to improving conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories - as an ABC News report prepares to criticise it for continuing to source clothes at a facility where dozens of workers died in a fire.
- BANGLADESH: Garment factories remain closed following strikes
Bangladesh garment factory owners have refused to reopen factories closed in the country's troubled Ashulia industrial zone until striking textile and clothing workers who vandalised their factories are brought to book.
Some 190 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people last yea...
Despite the economic slowdown in Poland, Nike Poland did not suffer a loss of share in the Polish apparel market. Like numerous other operators in the market, the company aims to overcome losses in re...
The Rana Plaza factory disaster should be a wake-up call for everyone involved in the apparel industry - and the catalyst for real, systematic change in Bangladesh - the US Senate was told during a sp...
Adversely affected by the slowdown of domestic economy and shrinking consumption, sportswear players collectively faced increasing challenges in China in 2012. As the leader of sportswear in China, Ni...
Nike is investing ARS143 million in 2012 and 2013 to further increase its production capability across its strategic local partners, opening up 800 new jobs, and offering convenient financing agreemen...
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group has launched version two of its Joint Roadmap, aimed at attaining a "new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwea...
Nike is expected to maintain its position as the most important sports brand in Chile. Nike de Chile’s strategy is to continue organising sports events – such as “Nike 10K” or “Nike 300K” – aimed at i...
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