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VIEWPOINT: Facing up to forced labour in apparel
16 Dec 2010
While apparel and footwear firms are all too often caught up in concerns over the use of child labour, the industry can take some small comfort from three new reports just released by the US Department of Labor. But the latest findings may also mean the issue of forced labour moves to the forefront of ethical concerns.
VIEWPOINT: J Crew buyout comes under scrutiny
24 Nov 2010
No sooner was the ink dry on the yesterday's announcement of a $3bn takeover deal at apparel retailer J Crew, than a flurry of shareholders began to question whether enough efforts had been made to achieve the highest bid.
VIEWPOINT: Gap's rebranding a disastrous move
13 Oct 2010
Just as BP's disastrous handling of the worst oil spill in US history earlier this year is already a public-relations case study in how not to manage a crisis, so too clothing retailer Gap Inc is likely to be remembered for all the wrong reasons after its rebranding efforts this week.
VIEWPOINT: Cleaning up textile mills makes commercial sense
23 Sep 2010
Plans by two of the world's largest retailers - Walmart and H&M - to work with their Chinese textile suppliers to reduce water, energy, and chemical use in their factories sends out an important message to global supply chains.
VIEWPOINT: What’s the bottom line on Bangladesh?
6 Aug 2010
Far from quelling months of violent protests over pay and conditions, an 80% rise in the minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh has simply led to a fresh wave of violence over claims it still doesn't meet the high cost of living. And as the pay process has proved, there's no quick-fix to the cycle of unrest.
VIEWPOINT: China "cornerstone" of Gap's global growth
24 Jun 2010
US casual clothing retailer Gap Inc first mooted its plans to expand in China, the world's fastest-growing economy, last October - but it is only now, eight months down the line, that more details of this major milestone in the company's global growth have been revealed.
VIEWPOINT: Frank retailers are few and far between
7 Jun 2010
US retailers were last week quick to point the finger of blame for their lacklustre performance in May on a number of factors - ranging from poor weather early in the month which dampened demand for summer merchandise, to the later timing of the Memorial Day calendar, which shifted some sales into June.
VIEWPOINT: Spending cuts and tax hikes burden UK retail
20 May 2010
VIEWPOINT: Spending cuts and tax hikes burden UK retailers
VIEWPOINT: Higher cotton cost tied to economic recovery
4 May 2010
Will the recent decision by the Indian government to halt cotton exports have serious repercussions for garment makers around the globe? The answer, it seems, is yes and no.
VIEWPOINT: Overseas growth key to Fast Retailing's future
8 Apr 2010
At first glance Fast Retailing Co, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Japan's largest clothing retailer, appears to be on the crest of a wave.
VIEWPOINT: Brands can make a fashionable return
16 Mar 2010
In the fickle world of fashion, brands fall in and out of style with alarming regularity. Driven by the relentless quest for what's new, different or improved, shoppers are erratic in their loyalties - and labels that fail to keep up are quick to fall off the fashion radar.
VIEWPOINT: Are retailers responsible for non-compliant factories?
11 Mar 2010
The Bangladeshi apparel industry has a lamentable track record when it comes to factory safety, especially fires. But where does the industry draw the line when it comes to apportioning blame to retailers and buyers?
VIEWPOINT: American Eagle to soar without Martin+Osa
11 Mar 2010
Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters is going back to its roots after deciding to ditch its struggling men's and women's concept Martin+Osa.
COMMENT: Saks to tap shoppers' quest for value
25 Feb 2010
Hit harder than most by the recession after its luxury shoppers put off new purchases, spent less or simply traded down to discounters, it's been nearly two years since upscale retailer Saks Incorporated last posted a quarterly profit.