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Top stories this week on just-style... 15 May 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a roundup of US apparel retailers' comparable store sales in April, Nike pledging to expand its US manufacturing operations if the TPP agreement is finalised, and Puma promising tougher supplier audits.


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' April 2015 retail roundup 12 May 2015

Column: Retail roundup

A shift in the timing of Easter, coupled with the lingering adverse effects of the West Coast port delays, as well as an economic soft patch in the first quarter, led to the majority of US apparel retailers recording comparable store sales declines in April.


THE FLANARANT: What’s really changed in Bangladesh? 7 May 2015

Column: The Flanarant

There’s a huge gap in Bangladesh between two business philosophies: those with realistic profit expectations, and those who are obsessed with controlling costs. And recent events have highlighted just how wide this gulf is, according to Mike Flanagan.


China leads March US apparel import surge 6 May 2015

Column: US apparel import roundup

Apparel imports into the US surged in March as cargo volumes at west coast ports started to clear. The top three supplier countries booked double-digit increases, with China leading the way, Vietnam bouncing back from its first decline in more than two years, and Bangladesh rising further.


Global news roundup 1 May 2015

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The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.


Top stories this week on just-style... 1 May 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include fresh inspections taking place in Bangladesh's garment factories in the wake of the Nepal earthquake, a survey reveals few apparel players have concrete plans to source from Africa, and just-style launches its Global Sourcing Snapshots.


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

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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.


Top stories this week on just-style... 17 Apr 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at why better working conditions in garment factories improves productivity and profitability, Morocco's plans to grow fast fashion exports, and a comment on the challenges Myanmar faces if its garment industry is to reach its true potential.


Spotlight on...Target's Canada debacle 15 Apr 2015

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Just days after the closure of its remaining Canadian stores, just-style explores how empty shelves, mismanagement and over-hype combined to force US retail giant Target Corp to admit defeat.


Top stories this week on just-style... 10 Apr 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at Wal-Mart's plans to improve sales and market share, the launch of the the Fair Wear Foundation's new Living Wage Portal, and the first fall in apparel shipments from Vietnam to the US in more than two years.


US apparel retailers' March 2015 sales roundup 10 Apr 2015

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While the earlier Easter this year helped the majority of US apparel retailers to book comparable store sales growth in March, adverse weather conditions, an economic soft patch during the first quarter, and lingering effects of the West Coast ports labour dispute weighed on overall results.


INTERVIEW: Multi-channel a "powerful proposition" for N Brown 10 Apr 2015

Column: Speaking with style

A "constant run to keep up" with consumer demands is keeping multi-channel retailer N Brown on it toes as it adapts its sourcing model, its systems and international growth to keep apace. Paul Kendrick, customer, financial services and international director, explains.


VIEWPOINT: Pou Yuen strike underscores Vietnam challenges 9 Apr 2015

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Strikes and protests are rare in Vietnam, but recent demonstrations by thousands of footwear factory workers underscore some of the challenges facing one of the industry’s main manufacturing hubs.


Vietnam apparel shipments to the US see surprise slip 8 Apr 2015

Column: US apparel import roundup

February is historically the slowest month when it comes to US apparel imports, but attempts to bring forward deliveries of spring merchandise amid ongoing disruptions at US West Coast ports led to a rebound this year. While five of the top ten supplier countries booked gains, including China and Bangladesh, the surprise performance was from Vietnam, whose shipments slipped for the first time in more than two years.


Top stories this week on just-style... 2 Apr 2015

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We're giving you our most-read stories of the week a day earlier due to our Easter bank holiday. This week, highlights include H&M and Kering to trial a new chemical recycling technology, Myanmar's garment sector to benefit from its five-year export strategy, and German apparel and footwear brands being urged to publicly disclose the factories producing their products.


Top stories this week on just-style... 27 Mar 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the risk to Lesotho's textile and clothing production if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is not renewed, delays to a major textile build in Ethiopia, and an insight on Pakistan's apparel production woes.


Spotlight on... Speed to market key to Adidas 2020 growth plan 27 Mar 2015

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Adidas Group has said speed to market will be a key competitive advantage for the German sporting goods giant over the next five years, as it looks to accelerate profit and sales growth. With this, the company is piloting automated production units closer to its core consumers to reduce lead times.


IN THE MONEY: SuperGroup to adapt sourcing model for speed 27 Mar 2015

Column: In the money

Superdry brand owner SuperGroup has revealed plans to adapt its buying model to source more directly and flexibly, with the aim of improving efficiency and speed to market.


Top stories this week on just-style... 20 Mar 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the line-up for this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, sandblasting claims in Chinese jeans factories, and a roundup of wearable technology innovations and developments.


IN THE MONEY: Innovation and supply chain remain key for Nike 20 Mar 2015

Column: In the money

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc says it will continue to put substantial money and resources into its supply chain to increase speed to market, and ensure it stays ahead on innovation.


INTERVIEW: Frank Henke discusses Adidas sustainability agenda 20 Mar 2015

Column: Speaking with style

“You cannot solve the sustainability agenda overnight,” explains Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group. Indeed, as he tells just-style, the company has faced a moving target since it launched its first sustainability programmes some 15 to 20 years ago – and that target is today moving faster than ever.


IN THE MONEY: Nimble supply chain to add to Ann Inc profit 18 Mar 2015

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US women's wear retailer Ann Inc sees the supply chain as a key lever for enhancing its profitability, and has identified $50m in ongoing annualised gross margin benefits over the next two years.


Top stories this week on just-style... 13 Mar 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the savings Tesco's F&F brand has made by using 3D virtual fit and prototyping technology, the acquisition of an RFID specialist, and the Sri Lankan government starting negotiations with the EU for GSP+.


Global news roundup 9 Mar 2015

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The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.


THE FLANARANT: Budget detail disappoints India garment makers 6 Mar 2015

Column: The Flanarant

Last May, India overwhelmingly elected Narenrda Modi as Prime Minster. While apparel factory owners thought he was “business friendly,” few showed much public support for his annual budget on 28 February. Buried in the fine detail, there’s a reason both they and their workers might also be annoyed.


Top stories this week on just-style... 6 Mar 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include concerns that the freefalling euro is adding to Bangladesh's textile and clothing production woes, a closer look at Myanmar's new garment Code of Conduct, and news that a pay rise is being considered for Sri Lanka's garment workers.


US apparel retailers' February 2015 sales roundup 6 Mar 2015

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US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, as significant headwinds including extreme winter weather, additional costs and delays from the West Coast ports slowdown, foreign exchange rates and higher gas prices all weighed on results.


IN THE MONEY: Adidas sets sights on America after mixed year 5 Mar 2015

Column: In the money

If 2014 began as a year full of promise for German sports group Adidas – thanks to its strong presence at the World Cup in Brazil – it closed with an air of slight disappointment, thanks to reversals in golf, Russia and the currency exchanges. But it now has its sights set on North America.


IN THE MONEY: Omnichannel biggest opportunity for JC Penney 5 Mar 2015

Column: In the money

US department store retailer JC Penney has said one of its biggest opportunities for incremental growth in the near term is in omni-channel, as it looks to deliver continued improvements in the business.


Top stories this week on just-style... 27 Feb 2015

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at why low labour cost countries are exposed to the highest risks, a new tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for US West Coast dockworkers, and more than 30% of cotton sourced by Adidas Group in 2014 was Better Cotton.

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