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Online apparel retailing: Amazon-ly unviable?

Despite the hype, it's amazing how insignificant the internet is on the garment trade, writes Mike Flanagan. While every clothing brand and...

FLANARANT: Garment growth unlikely under India PM

Will "strong man" politicians kick-start the sluggish garment industries in India and Pakistan? asks Mike Flanagan. Evidence so far, he sugg...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 27 Jul 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.


Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change

Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 2014

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the factory inspection process and efforts to improve worker safety, a timeline of major milestones shows that progress is being made.


Sourcing: More action needed to trace raw material

Leonie Barrie | 3 Mar 2014

It's one thing for apparel brands and retailers to talk about sustainability and traceability across their supply chains, but another altogether to put it into practice. Indeed, new research reveals that despite the well-documented risk of sourcing forced-labour Uzbek cotton, many firms are still not taking enough steps to prevent its use in their products.


A year in review - Sourcing winners and losers

Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 2013

What a difference a year makes for garment-making countries. While some were crippled by ongoing unrest, deadly factory fires and natural disasters, others saw exports increase in a critically competitive environment.

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Lidl commits to hazardous chemical detox

Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 2014

Discount retailer Lidl has pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its textile production by 1 January, 2020 - a move that has been welcomed by environmental pressure group Greenpeace.


Steady growth seen for global retail in 2014

Richard Woodard | 7 Nov 2014

Improved performance in Western Europe has helped the global retail industry to record steady growth of 5.3% in 2014, according to new market research.


Rana Plaza compensation to begin next month

Leonie Barrie | 19 Mar 2014

The committee set up to pay compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse aims to distribute US$2m to around 3,600 workers and families before the one-year anniversary of the tragedy on 24 April.


Funds fall short as Rana Plaza compensation nears

Leonie Barrie | 14 Mar 2014

Compensation payments to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are due to start next month - but campaigners admit funds still fall far short of the $40m needed to make payments to all workers.


Investment lifts Carrefour FY profits

Dean Best | 5 Mar 2014

Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer, today (5 March) reported higher 2013 profits as investment helped boost sales in France - with the company pledging to up capital expenditure this year.


Union urges brand commitment to Rana Plaza fund

Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 2014

Global unions and labour rights groups are calling for more brands to commit to the Rana Plaza compensation fund as the one year anniversary of the industrial disaster approaches.


Eleven people died in Uzbekistan cotton harvest

Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 2013

Eleven people, including a six-year-old boy, are said to have died during this year's cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, according to a new report.


Report criticises Rana Plaza compensation progress

Richard Woodard | 24 Oct 2013

Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.


More pressure to end forced labour in Uzbek cotton

Leonie Barrie | 17 Oct 2013

Faced with ongoing international criticism and a ban on the use of Uzbek cotton by more than 136 international apparel brands and retailers, the country's government is for the first time allowing the International Labor Organization (ILO) to carry out inspections during the 2013 cotton harvest.


FRANCE: Carrefour sees growth in France, China

Katy Askew | 17 Oct 2013

Carrefour has booked sales growth in the troubled markets of France and China, pushing shares in the French retailer up in morning trade today (17 October).


Liberty Fashion Wears "poses immediate risk"

Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 2013

The group representing more than 90 clothing retailers and brands sourcing from Bangladesh has publicly named the country's first garment factory considered to pose an "immediate risk" to workers.


Fire kills workers at Bangladesh fabric facility

Leonie Barrie | 9 Oct 2013

The safety of Bangladesh's textile and garment industry has been called into question again today (9 October) after at least seven people were killed in a fire at a fabric factory at Sreepur in the district of Gazipur, around 40km north of Dhaka.


Carrefour CEO insists hypermarkets are "not dead"

Michelle Russell | 8 Oct 2013

The CEO of Europe's largest retailer, Carrefour, has insisted the hypermarket format is "not dead", despite his conviction that "clicks and mortar are the future."


C&A tops organic cotton charts

Richard Woodard | 24 Sep 2013

Fashion retailer C&A leads two top 10 lists charting organic cotton use, drawn up by non-for-profit organisation Textile Exchange in its 2012 Market Report.


Carrefour H1 profit rises on domestic rebound

Katy Askew | 30 Aug 2013

French retail giant Carrefour has booked an increase in first-half profits, boosted by a strong rebound in profitability at its domestic business.


Adidas, Nike and Armani on China brand power list

Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 2013

Adidas, Nike and Armani are among the top 20 most powerful international brands in China, according to new research, having worked out how to connect with the new sophisticated, value-driven consumer.


Carrefour Q2 sales up, France sales improve

Michelle Russell | 18 Jul 2013

French retail giant Carrefour recorded an increase in sales in the second quarter and said business continued to improve at home.


US firms eye July launch of Bangladesh safety plan

Leonie Barrie | 31 May 2013

A group of US based retailers and brands working towards a new programme to improve fire and safety regulations in Bangladeshi garment factories is unlikely to finalise its plans until early July.


Carrefour partners with CFAO in Africa

Katie Smith | 30 May 2013

French retail giant Carrefour has formed a joint venture with consumer goods distributor CFAO to develop stores across eight African countries.


More retailers join Bangladesh safety accord

Petah Marian | 15 May 2013

More retailers and brands have joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh ahead of the midnight deadline (15 May).


M&S joins Bangladesh Safety Accord

Petah Marian | 14 May 2013

Marks & Spencer has become the latest retailer to join the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, which is intended to improve safety in the country's garment factories.


Gap seeks changes to Bangladesh safety deal

Petah Marian | 14 May 2013

US retailer Gap has said it will sign the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, if the agreement on how disputes are resolved is modified.


Retailers move towards Bangladesh safety plan

Leonie Barrie | 1 May 2013

A group of Western clothing retailers and brands have agreed to a deadline later this month to finalise a fire and building safety plan aimed at preventing industrial disasters like the collapse last week of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh.


Retailers begin to compensate factory victims

Petah Marian | 30 Apr 2013

UK fashion retailers Primark and Matalan, as well as Canadian brand Joe Fresh, have all agreed to pay compensation and offer emergency food aid to victims who worked for their suppliers in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building.

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Fabric mill fire fuels puts new spotlight on safety

Leonie Barrie | 14 Oct 2013

The safety of Bangladesh's textile and garment industry has been called into question again after at least seven people were killed last week in a fire at a fabric mill. More than 50 people were also injured in the blaze at Aswad Composite Mills Limited, part of the Palmal Group.

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