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Bangladesh: The road ahead on remediation

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginni...

Top company strategic reviews of 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...


US textile and apparel trade and sourcing snapshot

Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 2014

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, retailers continued to diversify their supply chains, and Asia continues to dominate imports into the US.


Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts

Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 2014

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.


JC Penney emphasises new merchandising strategy

Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 2014

JC Penney has emphasised its commitment to moving back to a merchandising model marked by narrow and deep assortments, as it looks to build on the momentum created to date from its turnaround strategy.


Apparel retailers balance bricks and clicks

Michelle Russell | 7 Aug 2014

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now seeking a sustainable balance between the two - in addition to adapting their supply chains in order not to lose out.

Latest Interviews

Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress

Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 2014

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.


Speaking with style: Andrew Lo, CEO, Crystal Group

Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 2012

Hong Kong based Crystal Group is one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, producing more than 230m garments a year for customers including Victoria's Secret, Levi's, A&F, H&M, M&S, Uniqlo, JC Penney and Gap. Here CEO Andrew Lo talks to just-style about supply chain consolidation, productivity, setting up offshore factories, and why big is better when it comes to building a competitive edge.

Latest News

Analysts cautious on JC Penney Q1 loss

Richard Woodard | 14 May 2015

Analysts have given a luke-warm reaction to a narrowing of losses at retailer JC Penney in the first quarter, warning that the company “still has much to do” to turn its fortunes around.


Wal-Mart silent on Rana Plaza lawsuit

Richard Woodard | 30 Apr 2015

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is remaining silent on a class action launched against it in the US by victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.


Omnichannel biggest opportunity for JC Penney

Michelle Russell | 5 Mar 2015

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.


Jones New York latest casualty to shutter stores

Katie Smith | 30 Jan 2015

Jones New York has become the US apparel industry's latest casualty, revealing it will close all 127 of its stores and end its wholesale business as the women's clothing brand seeks strategic alternatives.


JC Penney to close 10 Foundry stores

Michelle Russell | 27 Jan 2015

Ailing US department store retailer JC Penney has closed ten of its The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. stores.


JC Penney 40-store closure to axe 2,250 jobs

Katie Smith | 9 Jan 2015

US department store retailer JC Penney has revealed it will close around 40 stores over the next year, resulting in 2,250 job cuts.


JC Penney hails holiday sales growth

Katie Smith | 7 Jan 2015

US department store retailer JC Penney has seen its share price spike, after hailing a solid performance over the holiday season and offering an optimistic outlook for the fourth-quarter.


Lower costs shrink JC Penney Q3 loss

Katie Smith | 13 Nov 2014

US retail giant JC Penney saw its losses more than halve during the third quarter after lower expenses offset a slight fall in sales.


Former JC Penney CEO Johnson prepares start-up

Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2014

Former JC Penney CEO and Apple retail head Ron Johnson is set to launch a new start-up designed to reinvent the way consumers buy and experience products online.


Top stories last week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 20 Oct 2014

The most-read stories on just-style last week included a look at the impact of China tightening up on corporate social responsibility, analyst opinion on JC Penney's new CEO, and an overview of Glenn Murphy's seven-year tenure at Gap.


New JC Penney CEO “credible but no solution”

Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 2014

The appointment of Marvin Ellison to the helm of department-store group JC Penney Company has been described as "a credible hire" but one that offers "no solution" to the retailer's tough structural issues.


JC Penney sets out three-year growth plan

Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 2014

Retail giant JC Penney Company has outlined plans it hopes will return the business to sustained and profitable growth at an analyst meeting in New York.


Bangladesh apparel exports edge up in July-August

Siddique Islam | 16 Sep 2014

Bangladesh's apparel exports edged up by 1.7% in the first two months of the current fiscal year as buyers continue to remain cautious following last year's factory safety issues and subsequent strikes and disruption as a pay rise was negotiated for apparel workers.


JC Penney turnaround pays off as Q2 losses narrow

Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 2014

JC Penney's turnaround strategy appears to be paying off after the US department store retailer revealed a lower second-quarter net loss and higher sales.


Bangladesh woven garment exports tumble 4% in July

Siddique Islam | 12 Aug 2014

Bangladesh's woven garment exports fell by 4.14% in July amid a slowdown in shipments of apparel to markets such as the US following ongoing factory safety issues.


Safety pacts "not part" of Ralph Lauren strategy

Katie Smith | 11 Aug 2014

Luxury apparel giant Ralph Lauren Corporation has said becoming a member of one of two groups working to improve safety and working conditions in Bangladesh's textile industry is "not part" of its strategy.


Bangladesh apparel exports soar 14% in fiscal year

Siddique Islam | 11 Jul 2014

Bangladesh's ready-made garment exports are continuing to soar, rising by nearly 14% in the just-finished fiscal year as political stability returns to the South Asian country.


Cotswold Industries pioneers Tencel in pocketing

Leonie Barrie | 13 Jun 2014

An innovative new pocketing fabric has been developed using Lenzing's Tencel fibre, which is said to take pocketing and waistbanding "to a new era with softness, strength and sustainability."


Men's Wearhouse and Jos A Bank deal approved

Michelle Russell | 2 Jun 2014

The deal by Men's Wearhouse to acquire US men's apparel and footwear business Jos A Bank Clothiers has been given the green light by The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


JC Penney hails first sales gain in three years

Katie Smith | 16 May 2014

US department store retailer JC Penney has hailed its first quarterly rise in total sales since May 2011, despite seeing its overall losses widen slightly during the first three months of the year.


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.

Latest blogs

China takes a tougher stance on CSR

Leonie Barrie | 20 Oct 2014

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.


World Retail Congress 2014

Michelle Russell | 28 Sep 2014

The annual World Retail Congress has returned to Paris this week for three days where the great and the good of the retail industry have converged to discuss the industry climate as we move out of a tough economic climate. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and the supply chain of the future will all be discussed.

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