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Beth Wright | 15 Apr 2015

Just days after the closure of its remaining Canadian stores, just-style explores how empty shelves, mismanagement and over-hype combined to force US retail giant Target Corp to admit defeat.

Katie Smith | 5 Feb 2015

Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revealed that while a number of companies have made improvements to address the issue of forced labour within the sector, many are reluctant to disclose the policies they are implementing or detail information about their suppliers.

Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 2014

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.

Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2014

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

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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. 

Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.

Beth Wright | 1 Mar 2017

In the wake of tumbling fourth-quarter earnings, US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a new financial model, promising an overhaul of stores, digital channels and supply chain, alongside the introduction of more than a dozen new brands.

Beth Wright | 1 Mar 2017

As part of its commitment to use more sustainable resources, US department store retailer Target Corp is to install solar rooftop panels on five of its stores across Colorado, in a bid to reduce the store’s energy grid need.

Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 2017

Top executives from 16 major US manufacturers have sent an open letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass tax reforms and the controversial border tax in order to boost growth for domestic companies and taxpayers.

Beth Wright | 26 Jan 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge it says will be one of the "most comprehensive in the US retail industry", designed to drive transparency, proactive chemical management and innovation across all of its owned and national brand consumer products, and operations.

Beth Wright | 19 Jan 2017

US retail group Target guidance has lowered its guidance for the fourth quarter, after booking a softer-than-expected sales performance during the holiday season.

Beth Wright | 16 Jan 2017

US department store retailer Target Corp has confirmed to just-style its senior vice president of enterprise strategy and innovation, Jamil Ghani, is leaving the company, but has remained tight-lipped over reports he is joining online giant Amazon.

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.

Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims. 

Beth Wright | 22 Nov 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp says it is increasingly confident it will be able to profitably operate hundreds of smaller flexible-format stores in the future, which offer apparel products selected for local markets.

Beth Wright | 15 Nov 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to improve worker well-being, achieve net-positive manufacturing, and derive key raw materials from ethical and sustainable sources.

Beth Wright | 8 Nov 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp is strengthening the team responsible for its supply chain, hiring former Walmart executive, Shekar Natarajan, to fill the newly-created role of senior vice president, network planning and operational design.

Beth Wright | 4 Nov 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp is teaming up with Product Innovation, host of the PI Apparel (Product Innovation Apparel) events, to hold a webinar on 3D virtual strategies next week.

Michelle Russell | 24 Oct 2016

Emanuel Chirico, chief executive of PVH Corp, and Richard Noll, chief executive of Hanesbrands, have both been named '2016 Responsible CEO of the Year' – with Chirico also picking up a  Lifetime Achievement award.

Beth Wright | 21 Oct 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed plans for a limited-edition spring collaboration with Victoria Beckham, which will include the designer's first foray into the kids' product category.

Beth Wright | 30 Sep 2016

After just four months in the role, US retailer Target Corp's recently promoted chief digital officer Jason Goldberger has left the company.

Beth Wright | 22 Sep 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp has confirmed to just-style that it sees smaller "flex-format" stores in its future, offering apparel products selected for local markets.

Beth Wright | 15 Sep 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp could be preparing to open hundreds of smaller "flex-format" stores which would be a "major part" of the company's future growth.

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. 

Beth Wright | 27 Jul 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp says it has surpassed almost half of the 20 sustainability goals the company set itself five years ago, including using more than 14.5m recycled plastic bottles to produce fabric for its own-brand jeans.

Michelle Russell | 21 Jul 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp has hired Apple executive Ben Cook as its senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment.

Leonie Barrie | 15 Jun 2016

Apparel maker Pact Organic is to launch the first Fair Trade Certified organic cotton men's undershirts and boxer briefs at 460 Target stores across the US.

Beth Wright | 19 May 2016

US department store retailer Target Corp said its first-quarter results reflect an "increasingly volatile consumer environment" after posting a 5.4% fall in revenue in comparison with last year.

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Leonie Barrie | 12 May 2014

China and Vietnam led a surge in US apparel imports in March as retailers emerged from the annual post-holiday slowdown and started stocking up for the spring and summer seasons.

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