Marks & Spencer Group Plc
There is a limit to long-term margin improvement for Marks & Spencer's general merchandise division, and earnings will be difficult to achie...
It's no secret that Marks & Spencer has struggled to stem the losses in its clothing division. And with the unit's head Steve Rowe departing...
Today's first-half results from Marks & Spencer have offered a mixed picture for its clothing business. Like-for-like sales fell, but margins improved thanks to continued progress in the UK retailer's direct sourcing initiatives. While M&S is optimistic it can maintain margins and has upped its full-year forecast, will its investments in sourcing and a new rewards card be enough to revive the retailer's clothing fortunes?
It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.
A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.
Marks & Spencer says it has seen an improvement in worker health issues in Cambodia - and the subsequent business benefits - since a new healthcare project was launched last year as part of its Global Community Programme.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.
As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.
Turning around its clothing and home businesses will be the priority for Marks & Spencer, new CEO Steve Rowe has said, as the UK retailer revealed lower sales for the division in its fourth-quarter.
The new CEO of Marks & Spencer will also continue to lead the group's flailing clothing business, it has emerged, and has pledged to make its turnaround a priority for the UK retailer.
Six large Chinese rayon and viscose producers have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material from ancient and endangered forests.
Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland, and Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey have joined a long list of apparel industry figures in voicing their opposition to Britain's exit from the European Union, which they believe will deter investment, threaten jobs and put the economy at risk.
Marks & Spencer has defended its position over a report by a labour campaign group that claims workers making the UK retailer's clothes in some Asian countries are not being paid a living wage, despite a promise to do so.
More sourcing directly from suppliers has improved the profitability of Marks & Spencer's general merchandise business, narrowing the gap with Next Plc, according to a report published this week.
The chief executive of Marks & Spencer, Marc Bolland, is to step down after the UK retailer today (7 January) revealed its most "disappointing" clothing sales for the Christmas period yet.
UK retail group Marks & Spencer today (4 November) said its decision to focus on margins and discount less weighed on clothing sales in the first half, in what were “challenging market conditions”.
F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.
Keen to highlight its eco and ethical credentials – from products made in specifically accredited factories, to the use of sustainably sourced fabrics – retailer M&S has asked eco-campaigner Livia Firth to put together a capsule collection picked from its existing autumn clothing ranges.
UK retail group Marks and Spencer has promoted Queralt Ferrer as its first director of design for women's wear, lingerie and beauty.
UK apparel retail sales grew 2.4% in the 24 weeks ended 2 August, above the five-year average, estimates have shown.
The UK Government is forcing retailers to play their part in helping eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains, under new measures to be included in the Modern Slavery Bill.
Marks & Spencer's share price fell this morning as the UK retailer's head of clothing and homewares, John Dixon, announced his decision to step down.
Analysts remain upbeat on Marks & Spencer's short-medium term potential, despite the UK retailer reporting a decline in first quarter like-for-like general merchandise sales, which includes clothing.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has said cotton remains the biggest challenge for the group when it comes to tracing its supply chain back to raw materials.
The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Myanmar has introduced its first minimum wage for garment workers, Marks & Spencer is to launch a supply human rights policy, and Adidas has developed its first shoe upper made from ocean waste.
Denim brand G-Star Raw has become the latest company pledging to eliminate the use of rayon and viscose fabrics derived from ancient and endangered forests in its clothes.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has delivered its first increase in profits in four years thanks to improved general merchandise gross margin, less discounting and better deals with suppliers.
A long-awaited recovery in clothing sales helped UK retailer Marks & Spencer to a brighter fourth-quarter, with group sales rising 1.9%.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) have disputed the details of a report alleging labour rights abuses are still rife in the country's garment factories, with both claiming they are committed to providing and supporting safe working conditions.
The most-read stories on just-style this week include concerns that the freefalling euro is adding to Bangladesh's textile and clothing production woes, a closer look at Myanmar's new garment Code of Conduct, and news that a pay rise is being considered for Sri Lanka's garment workers.
Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.
With most holiday merchandise brought into the US early as retailers rushed to beat a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, it is perhaps not surprising that apparel imports fell in November.
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