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Katie Smith

Katie SmithBiography

In her role as news editor at just-style, Katie Smith oversees the site's daily news feed, researching and writing news and analyses, tracking down exclusive stories, and interviewing industry executives for their insight into the key stories.  

With a post-graduate qualification in magazine journalism, Katie honed her business knowledge on just-style's sister titles just-food and just-auto.

Articles by Katie Smith

The ILO believes progress has been made but challenges remain Rana Plaza two years on: Progress made but problems remain 24 April 2015

Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, stakeholders have highlighted the progress made towards a safer ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh - and the challenges that still lie ahead.

The Rana Plaza building collapse killed at least 1,138 garment workers two years agoRana Plaza two years on: Timeline of change 24 April 2015

On the day of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes and progress that have been made within the readymade garment industry. While there are still calls for victim compensation and greater social dialogue, the efforts made in improving working conditions have been applauded.

Top stories this week on just-style... 24 April 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Chinese investment could flow into the Moroccan clothing and textile manufacturing industry, Benetton doubling its compensation for Rana Plaza victims to $1.6m, and an analysis of Adidas Group's annual sustainability report.

Challenging trading continued through Easter, the retailer said French Connection shares fall on profit warning 24 April 2015

UK fashion retailer French Connection has seen its share price decline 18% this morning (24 April) after warning its full-year performance will be below market expectations.

Event to spark debate on sustainability in fashion 24 April 2015

A conference taking place in June aims to spark debate on ways in which the textile and clothing industry can take a step-change in its approach to sustainability in terms of design, technology and collaborative action.

The volume of sales at textile, clothing and footwear stores grew 2.1% in March UK retail sales enjoy “bumper” March 23 April 2015

UK retail sales continued to increase in what has been described as a “bumper” March, with total sales up in almost all categories, including apparel and footwear.

Unifi Q3 profit doubles despite sales drop 23 April 2015

Yarn manufacturer Unifi has said it will continue to evaluate opportunities to increase capacity in the CAFTA and NAFTA regions after more than doubling its third-quarter profit.

Reliance Retail books “strong” Q4 performance 22 April 2015

Reliance Retail, the retail arm of industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries, booked a “strong” performance during the fourth quarter, with profit increasing more than fourfold.

Ackermans will use the software to improve its sourcing processAfrican retailer Ackermans invests in PLM software 22 April 2015

Value fashion retailer Ackermans, part of the Pepkor Group of companies, has become the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software customer for Centric Software in Africa.

Software to streamline Genesco product development 22 April 2015

US apparel and footwear retailer Genesco has selected a series of solutions from provider DeSL to streamline complex product development and sourcing information.

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