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With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.



Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc 14 Oct 2014

Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.


Spotlight on...The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK 3 Mar 2014

The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But according to industry experts speaking at last week's ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?', there are still challenges to overcome if the 'Made in Britain' movement is to be successful once again. Katie Smith reports.


Spotlight on... Mothercare CEO departure comes as no surprise 24 Feb 2014

In what comes as another blow for UK clothing retailer Mothercare, chief executive Simon Calver stepped down today (24 February) in a move analysts view as inevitable given the group's recent struggles.


Spotlight on...Jos A Bank adds to armour with Eddie Bauer buy 19 Feb 2014

Jos A Bank Clothiers last week revealed its plans to acquire outdoor wear brand Eddie Bauer in deal worth $825m. Coming amid an onging buyout battle with rival Men's Wearhouse, some industry observers suggest the move was made to ensure the US men's apparel and footwear business remains independent. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.


Spotlight on...American Eagle CEO departure stuns industry 24 Jan 2014

Retailer American Eagle Outfitters stunned the industry when it announced the sudden departure of its CEO, Robert Hanson, earlier this week. Despite industry pressures and a tough year in the teen retail space, observers have voiced their disappointment at the departure of a chief executive they saw as amongst the best in retailing.


Spotlight on…Analysts surprised at Tesco interest in Mothercare 20 Jan 2014

Reports surfaced over the weekend that UK retail giant Tesco weighed up a bid for Mothercare around six months ago. The claims seem to have taken industry observers by surprise given Tesco's focus on sweating its existing assets and improving capital discipline. Some believe it more likely that any potential tie-up would see the supermarket chain strike a deal to sell the baby goods in its stores.


Spotlight on...Can Sycamore turn Jones Group fortunes around? 20 Dec 2013

Jones Group shares jumped nearly 5% in late trading yesterday (19 December) on the long anticipated news the struggling US clothing and footwear firm is finally set to get a new owner.


Spotlight on....Divestments key to Quiksilver turnaround 10 Dec 2013

US surfwear brand Quiksilver has had a somewhat busy year as it implements a long-term strategy designed to boost its bottom line. The company has chosen to divest some of its assets in a bid to strengthen its core brands, which industry observers believe may be key to turning the group's fortunes around.


Spotlight on...What do fashion consumers really want? 4 Oct 2013

What do consumers really want from their fashion products and shopping experience? That was the question industry experts attempted to answer this week - with their conclusions suggesting retailers need to offer value, quality and convenience to shoppers, preferably all at the same time. Another challenge is for retailers to engage with their customers online or in-store to make sure they keep returning. Katie Smith reports.


Spotlight on...Bangladesh safety groups to collaborate on standards 13 Sep 2013

Concerns that three separate initiatives underway to boost the safety of factory workers in Bangladesh would lead to multiple audits and unnecessary bureaucracy for factories are beginning to be assuaged. The groups involved are now beginning to look at ways of reaching common standards, as Petah Marian reports.


Spotlight on...Wal-Mart looks to boost made in America 23 Aug 2013

"America is open for business," was US secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's rallying cry at Wal-Mart's US Manufacturing Summit yesterday (22 August).


Spotlight on...Croatia clothing eyes boost from EU membership 1 Jul 2013

The Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE) has told just-style that the country plans to utilise European Union (EU) funding to help boost its textile and clothing industry after it becomes the 28th EU member state today (1 July).


Spotlight on...Closed loop clothing continues to make progress 14 Jun 2013

Closing the loop in the clothing supply chain is continuing to make progress, with more brands beginning to launch products that use recycled fibres.


Spotlight on...M&S shakes up supplier base as part of turnaround 15 May 2013

Marks & Spencer is set to shake up its supplier base as part of plans to turn around its fortunes in women's wear through a focus on quality and style.


Spotlight on...Ron Johnson's tenure at JC Penney 9 Apr 2013

Since Ron Johnson was appointed chief executive officer of department store retailer JC Penney just 18 months ago, the company has suffered a string of losses and has been forced to make a number of U-turns as it tried to make headway on its turnaround plans.


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