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Spotlight on...JC Penney “fresh air” revamp a bold vision 26 Jan 2012

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Few incoming CEOs have put their stamp on their new company as quickly as JC Penney’s Ron Johnson. His former life as head of retail at Apple is evident in the title of the new strategy for the ailing department store business: “In Praise of Fresh Air”.


Spotlight on...A better way to grow cotton 15 Dec 2011

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Global brands and retailers are working together to source more Better Cotton for their products in the hope that creating demand down the supply chain will eventually see sustainable cotton become the norm. As the first fibres from the initiative start to make their way into clothing, Levi Strauss and Marks & Spencer joined other stakeholders to explain what they hope to achieve.


Spotlight on...Fashion firms plan for a toxic-free future 2 Dec 2011

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What started out as a challenge back in July by environmental pressure group Greenpeace to try to persuade global fashion brands and retailers to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products has been gaining momentum ever since. So much so that the firms involved believe their efforts have the potential to "change apparel manufacturing."


Spotlight on...PPR ramps up its green profit and loss report 16 Nov 2011

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French luxury and sporting goods group PPR has revealed the first full set of green accounts for Puma - and says it now plans to roll out environmental profit and loss (EP&L) statements across all of its brands by 2015.


Spotlight on...Apparel and textiles split on new US FTAs 13 Oct 2011

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The drafting of new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) is a tricky balancing act at the best of times; but these are not, for the US and indeed the world at large, the best of times. As such, perhaps it’s little wonder that the long-awaited passage this week of legislation implementing no fewer than three FTAs – between the US and Panama, Colombia and South Korea – has divided opinion among the US retail, apparel and textile industries.


Spotlight on...Mobile commerce revamps retail 13 Sep 2011

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Smartphones and tablet computers are changing the way consumers shop and gather information about products before they buy. And as their uptake accelerates, savvy retailers will need to ensure their mobile presence engages with consumers and builds loyalty. After all, price comparison engines are just a short click away, writes Petah Marian.


Spotlight on...California law on supply chain transparency 30 Aug 2011

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Apparel retailers and brands are already closely scrutinised on corporate social responsibility issues across their supply chains - but a new law coming into force in January adds another dimension to the accountability of large retailers and manufacturers trading with the US state of California.


Spotlight on...Soaring wool prices 29 Jul 2011

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Falling supply and rising demand have left apparel companies scrabbling around for scarce wool stocks, with costs rising fast as a result. Add this to other factors currently impacting the supply chain, and wool pricing is piling yet more pressure on their already stressed operations.


Spotlight on...Turkey's apparel industry 12 May 2011

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The traffic in Istanbul is notoriously congested, and the Turkish fashion industry also finds itself approaching an important set of crossroads. Joe Ayling reports from the Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference 2011.


Spotlight on...H&M sustainability report 14 Apr 2011

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For sceptics who view corporate social responsibility as being more about talk than action, a look through the 167 pages of the latest sustainability report from Swedish retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB provides a valuable insight into just how seriously some fashion firms take their obligations.


Spotlight on...Peltz pouncing on Family Dollar Stores 21 Feb 2011

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Nelson Peltz, the US activist investor, has grabbed the headlines in recent years with investments in firms he believed needed to change strategy. Now, he has tabled a full takeover bid for US discount retailer Family Dollar Stores which values the discount retailer at more than $7bn.


Spotlight on...Grupo M stitches growth with Haiti 28 Jan 2011

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Leading Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is growing fast by applying its technical expertise to neighbouring Haiti, where the Haitian Economic Lift Program is opening up new prospects for trade with the US. Jozef De Coster reports.


Spotlight on...J Crew buyout 24 Nov 2010

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Private equity buyers have this week agreed to buy US apparel retailer J Crew, with the leadership skills of Millard 'Mickey' Drexler a major selling point of the US$3bn deal.


Spotlight on...Speed to market key to Gap's US growth 15 Oct 2010

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Even though Gap Inc is upbeat about plans to grow its business online and internationally as part of a raft of strategic changes earmarked for the business over the next three to five years, the retailer's boss admits he's still "not happy" with recent performance at its namesake chain.


Spotlight on...Cotton prices 23 Sep 2010

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A perfect storm of supply and demand issues have sent cotton prices soaring the world over. Joe Ayling reports on what caused this spike and how it will affect the garment industry.


Spotlight on...Mothercare's Blooming Marvellous buy 16 Jul 2010

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UK children's wear retailer Mothercare has this week snapped up maternity wear brand Blooming Marvellous, a move that analysts believe makes sense for both parties.


Spotlight on...Phil Clarke, Tesco CEO-elect 8 Jun 2010

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The news of Sir Terry Leahy's plans to leave Tesco next year has led to a flurry of plaudits for the UK retailer's chief executive but what of the man set to replace him?


Spotlight on...World Cup branding battle 27 May 2010

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Four years is a long-time in football, but the moment French captain Zinedine Zidane headbutted an Italian defender during the World Cup final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium will live long in the memory. The next question is, how many fans remember what brand of shirt he was wearing? Joe Ayling reports.


Spotlight on...Tommy Hilfiger buyout 15 Mar 2010

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The acquisition of Netherlands-based fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger by apparel giant Phillips-Van Heusen signals further industry consolidation, but seems to make operational sense for both companies. Joe Ayling reports on today's (15 March) US$3bn deal.


Spotlight on...Doing business in China 15 Dec 2009

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Selecting the right partner, building strong personal relationships and understanding local laws are all-important when doing business in the sourcing powerhouse of China. Joe Ayling found out more at a UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) Seminar on 'China: Today's source: Tomorrow's market'.


Spotlight on...Marc Bolland's move to M&S 19 Nov 2009

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The timing of Marks and Spencer's announcement that Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland will succeed Sir Stuart Rose at the helm of the company may have raised eyebrows in the City, coming as it does the day before Morrisons unveils its third quarter results. Nevertheless, the news has been roundly welcomed as a positive step for the bastion of middle England. Katy Humphries reports


Spotlight on...Sustainability in design 28 Oct 2009

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Today’s retailers and brand owners work at a frantic pace, producing and selling more and more garments at ever-cheaper prices – even though it’s a model that seems at odds with steps being taken by many of these firms to build sustainability into their supply chains. However, the keys to narrowing this divide are increasingly held by designers, as Leonie Barrie finds out.


Spotlight on...Zappos and Amazon “sitting in a tree” 18 Aug 2009

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Few corporate deals have met with such unanimous praise as Amazon’s recently announced acquisition of online footwear retailer Zappos for about US$900m. Richard Woodard looks at why the deal has been received so positively – and wonders if Amazon could learn a lesson or two from its new buy.


Spotlight on... JJB Sports 31 Jul 2009

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Forget Coronation Street, the UK's North West is home to a new soap opera with a plot far more gripping than anything on TV.


Spotlight on...Eddie Bauer 19 Jun 2009

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Eddie Bauer’s bankruptcy filing this week was not unexpected; mounting debts and slumping sales in a difficult economic climate meant its future was simply untenable. But with a sale of the business already agreed, and the possibility of an even better offer in the pipeline, could this mark a fresh start for an iconic brand? Leonie Barrie reports.


Spotlight on...Marks & Spencer 12 Mar 2009

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Retailer Marks & Spencer needs to change “in a fundamental way” according to analysts at Credit Suisse. In a damning report released last week on the regime of M&S executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose, they also question the extent of the company’s 2004-2008 recovery and argue that radical action is now needed to restore its fortunes. Richard Woodard reports.


Spotlight on...Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 17 Feb 2009

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A new and controversial law governing the amount of lead and chemicals in children's clothing on sale in the US came into force last week. But even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission has bowed to industry pressure for a one-year stay on the rule’s testing and certification requirements, it still has huge implications for retailers and their suppliers, as Leonie Barrie finds out.


Spotlight on...Crocs 18 Sep 2008

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From stock market darling to Nasdaq basket case, the fall of Crocs Inc has been dramatic and swift. With US sales plummeting and international revenues coming in short of expectations, the footwear company faces an uncertain future – and may need a white knight to come riding to its rescue. Richard Woodard reports.


Spotlight on...Fast Retailing 14 Aug 2008

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Fast Retailing Co, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, is emerging in Japan as the lone champion in a retail landscape that looks predominantly bleak this year. Michael Fitzpatrick looks at how the company is bucking the trend.


Spotlight on...Talbots 19 Jun 2008

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Women’s wear retailer The Talbots Inc is in the midst of a major turnaround aimed at slashing costs by $100m by the end of next year and restoring its business to profitable growth. Earlier this month the retailer said it is already seeing an improvement in sales trends at both its namesake and J Jill brands, but industry watchers believe its makeover still has some way to go.

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