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Transparency mixed in Uzbek cotton supply chain

Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revea...

Connected sourcing networks ease payment problems

Just as it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for American Apparel, reports emerged earlier this month that the struggling retailer has be...


Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2014

The role played by factoring in the apparel supply chain came under the spotlight last week with reports suggesting that factoring companies have scaled back on coverage to vendors supplying department store retailer Sears Holdings. However, the transaction offers a lifeline to many apparel makers, and is seeing a resurgence as a major source of capital for the industry.


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.


Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 2014

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.


Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 2013

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.

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just-style.com | 23 Aug 2007

Harry Debes’ first year as CEO of Lawson Software was dominated by the company’s merger with Intentia International, in early 2006. Now, 15 months after the deal’s completion, he tells just-style how the firm is leveraging its strength in the fashion sector with some exciting new ERP software developments, to help companies reduce lead times and improve delivery performance.


just-style.com | 23 Aug 2007

Harry Debes’ first year as CEO of Lawson Software was dominated by the company’s merger with Intentia International, in early 2006. Now, 15 months after the deal’s completion, he tells just-style how the firm is leveraging its strength in the fashion sector with some exciting new ERP software developments, to help companies reduce lead times and improve delivery performance.

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Beth Wright | 22 Jun 2017

Department store retailer Sears Canada and certain of its subsidiaries is seeking court protection from its creditors in a bid to restructure its business.


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Michelle Russell | 24 May 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has unveiled steps to improve its financial position by extending some of its debt load and reducing the size of its pension obligations.


In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


Beth Wright | 27 Apr 2017

Sears Canada says its work to reinvent the business is starting to resonate the business, despite booking a loss in the fourth quarter.


Beth Wright | 25 Apr 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has revealed the next steps in its transformation plan, including cutting a further US$250m in costs across its operations and naming a new chief financial officer.


Beth Wright | 29 Mar 2017

Edward Lampert, CEO of US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp, has purchased almost 526,000 shares in the same week the company expressed "substantial doubt" as to whether it can continue to operate as a profitable business.


Beth Wright | 22 Mar 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has expressed "substantial doubt" the company can continue to operate as a profitable business.


Beth Wright | 27 Feb 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp is understood to have laid off 130 employees at its corporate offices last week, as part of an US1bn cost-cutting plan outlined earlier this month.


Michelle Russell | 10 Feb 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp is to cut around US$1bn in costs across its operations in the next phase of its transformation plan that will see new efforts to drive efficiencies in pricing, sourcing and the supply chain.


Beth Wright | 6 Jan 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corporation is to shutter an additional 150 loss-making stores to fund its transformation strategy, two days after netting a US$500m lifeline to stay afloat.


Beth Wright | 3 Jan 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings has secured a US$500m lifeline to stay afloat just a day after it had reportedly announced plans to initiate yet another round of store closures in early 2017.


Michelle Russell | 12 Dec 2016

Sears Canada widened its losses and saw sales tumble in its third-quarter, reflecting cost cutting initiatives carried out in the prior quarter and a weaker Canadian dollar. 


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.


Beth Wright | 17 Oct 2016

US retail giant Sears Holdings has promoted Jason Hollar to chief financial officer, effective immediately.


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. 


Michelle Russell | 26 Aug 2016

US retail giant Sears Holdings has secured US$300m in debt financing from CEO Edward Lampert's privately owned hedge fund ESL Investments after moving to a loss in its second-quarter. 


Beth Wright | 28 Jul 2016

US retail giant Sears Holdings has denied media reports that it plans to close all of its Kmart stores and that the chain is facing bankruptcy after staff were seen moving merchandise out of the stockrooms and onto the sales floor.


Beth Wright | 27 Jul 2016

Department store retailer Sears Canada has announced its president, Carrie Kirkman, is to leave the company after less than a year in the role.


Beth Wright | 15 Jul 2016

US department store group Sears Holdings Corp has confirmed its Manhattan apparel and design office will close today (15 July), as part of the retailer's plans to consolidate its apparel operations.

Latest blogs

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.


Leonie Barrie | 13 Oct 2014

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant Gap Inc, look no further than the company's new leadership change. It was revealed last week that CEO Glenn Murphy is to step down in February, making way for Art Peck, the head of Gap's digital division.

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